Deleting browsing history

Dell / C51 and 5150
January 24, 2009 at 02:49:47
Specs: Windows XP, 2.4 GH 2MB RAM

I know that windows does not delete your browsing history properly so I was wondering how to do this. I have Norton Internet securtiy 2007 and it keeps info on the scans its completed too how to I guarentee deleteing all my browsing informaiton.

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January 24, 2009 at 03:12:28
Format the HDD and reinstall everything.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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January 24, 2009 at 06:37:33
Dump Norton & get a decent anti-v program. AVG free is one of the most popular:

Install CCleaner Slim & run it evey time you wanna cover your internet tracks:

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January 24, 2009 at 09:50:07
why is norton so S**t?. Its useless to use and only seems to have been developed to strangle you into paying premium renewal fees for addtional options to the original version of the software that doesn't work anyway. But unfortunately I do have it and I kind of feel that i have paid for the thing so I should use it and I don't wnat to find msyself ain a situaiton where in six months AVG decide to charge for their services like other freeware antivirus tools have done. So can you give me a good reason. genuinely, Thanks

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January 24, 2009 at 10:29:13
Norton's a huge resource hog & slows the system. Not only that, it doesn't do a very good job. There's very little reason to pay for ANY software these days. There are tons of open source programs available that work just as good, if not better than the commercial programs, plus they're 100% free! And if the one you're using goes belly-up, simply get another one...there are plenty available. AVG Free has been around for years. There's an AVG Pro version & also a Suite...if you like to spend your money needlessly, you can always purchase one of them.

Getting back to your main question, if you want to be 100% sure your browsing history can't be recovered, do as Dumbob suggested, "Format the HDD and reinstall everything". Even if you wipe out the browsing history (cookies, temp files, history, etc), it's still contained in the index.dat file & there may even be some clues in the system registry. Also, if you never changed your internet settings, everything you've done for at least the past 20 days is stored. CCleaner will delete just about everything related to your internet browsing (including index.dat) but if you're paranoid, the only safe way would be to totally wipe the HDD by writing zeros to it, then repartitioning, reformating & reinstalling Windows from scratch. It will probably take several hours.

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