Erase History

History tracks stored on your PC:
- Internet history;
- Windows history;
- History stored by different programs you use.

What history tracks you should erase:
You should erase Internet history including browsing history, search history, AutoComplete, cache and cookies.

Erase Windows history including Windows Temporary Files, clipboard content, the recent documents list, recently opened files, run history, swap file, search history, and Start menu open programs history.

Erase history of some popular programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Google Desktop, Windows Media Player history and others.

Internet history

While Internet surfing your browser records all your actions, including websites you visited, files you downloaded, information you entered on web pages, and more. Internet history stored on your computers speeds up loading of webpages and makes web surfing more convenient but it could contains details that may seriously compromise your privacy.

Browser history stores a list of websites you visited. It's easily accessible from your browser window.

Search history stores a drop-down list with all search strings you typed.

Browser cache stores the content of web pages you visited, including pictures, videos, etc.

Websites leave cookies on your computer after you visit them. Cookies are helpful for things like remembering your automatic log-ins, preferences.

History stored by Windows

Windows Temporary folder stores Windows and other programs' temporary files. But the Windows Temporary folder can become cluttered as it could store files from programs you no longer have installed.

Recent documents list
The Recent documents list stores a list of documents and files you have recently opened and worked with.

Recently run programs list
This losy stores the programs you have run using the Run option in the Start Menu.

Windows search history
Stores a list of files you searched through the Search option in the Start menu. .

Pagefile is a space on the hard disk used as the virtual memory extension of computer RAM. While working on the computer, you use different programs - so page file (swap file) may contain sensitive or confidential information, some applications may store "clear" passwords.

Application history

Most applications you use keep history tracks in order to provide more pleasant computer experience. E.g. Word and Excel keep information about documents you recently opened and worked with, Google Toolbar remembers the words that you have searched for, and so on.
This information can seriously compromise your privacy as everyone can access your personal data, browsing history, etc.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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