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crazyazn

Spider

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Hidden files which record user-activity.

 

http://www.fsm.nl/ward/

 

Hey , If you are using various types of internet cleaners e.t.c. ,they do not remove quite a few URL that are hidden in another file.This Program will help you remove it. For first time users,it will take a bit of time but once it is finished scanning, scroll the list and check out the links shown. It is pretty scary on what is still left behind.

 

Best results is clicking on the "Complete hard Drive" and mark all the available boxes below including remove spider created files.

 

Great Program.

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Hi Paranoid,

 

I use WinXPhome Edition and it works fine. This particular program is not really for the typed URL's that is cleaned by most Internet cleaners but some hidden URL that are put in another folder.You can try a single run of the program .

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I also use System Security Suite (3S) as mentioned by Paranoid. But for the really ultra paranoid, i would recommend Eraser http://www.heidi.ie/eraser.

 

Another great program, but this one goes beyond the simple deletion process that 3S uses. Eraser will also overwrite the free space on your hard drive to permananently remove (or as close as you will get without burning and smashing your hard drive) any data that would otherwise still be easily recoverable by snoops, using certain recovery software. This can be a slow process if you use more than a couple passes, so make sure you have some free time before you use it. Setting it to run overnight would not be a bad idea. Another great freebie. ;)

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Spider from http://www.fsm.nl/ward/ cleans the IE temporary internet and history index.dat files back to their default minimum size on restart. It runs OK in XP but you must set it to scan c:\ rather than just c:\windows (the default), because the index.dat files for your IE and History folders are in c:\documents and settings\..., whereas in W95/98 for which Spider was written, they are in c:\Windows\Application data.

 

One word of warning: I found that after using Spider on XP Home, system information applet (msinfo32.exe) was broken (it opened a help and support page instead). That can be repaired, but it is a somewhat convoluted process.

 

I now use MRU Blaster to clear the IE temporary internet index.dat file, but it does not touch the history index.dat. There are other programs, such as PurgeIE that will clean both index.dat files in XP, but it is free trial +$ if you keep it.

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Spider hasn't been deved in many years. It never was designed to work in the NT siblings(NT, 2K, XP, 2003). IMO It is much better cleanwise to use a product that clears all the NT MRUs and caches. As stated by others too, I find 3S to do a great job and I've actually studied the comparison snapshots from more than a dozen cache cleaners. 3S even provides the ability to clean user defined files/folders. Add to it the application log clearing from the SSD 'tracks' scan and you have a pretty well rounded cache cleaning routine.

 

While there are many good cache cleaners around with multiple/different features, some good others are;

 

InternetSweeper(also no longer deved as freeware):

http://www.wilders.org/free_tools.htm

I started using this one when Spider died.

 

CrapCleaner:

Be carefull with this one...some cfgs can have a very adverse effect on users who don't pay attention or have less than novice ability. The 'reg cleaner' in CCleaner isn't really a reg cleaner like jv16 or RegSeeker. It is much more like the sysinternals scan SSD.

http://www.ccleaner.com/

 

RegSeeker:

Cache & reg cleaner. This one too needs attention from the user.

http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm

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For just general cache cleaning maintenance and ease of use, 3S does the job.

 

Tip; For those of you who don't know, 'auto-complete' should not be used as a PW stash. Most cache cleaners unless cfged otherwise will clear auto-complete by default. I can't count the number of times I've heard; "I cleaned my cache and now all my PWs are gone." Either learn how to properly maintain PWs or set your cleaners to ignore auto-complete.

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crazyazn , I'm familar with most mrus and other digital tracks.

 

Lonewolf, I actually use Eraser, but via a batch file so that it erases the index.dat file directly on startup.

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Hi Paranoid,

 

Sorry, Did not mean to be !!!!!

 

The 3S looks good. I will switch with so many people giving good reports.

 

As JRosenfeld mentioned :system information applet (msinfo32.exe) was broken - Well mine has not broken BUT I cannot take the chance as I am not really that PC savvy. Thanks for the Info.

 

Lonewolf - I do wipe my unused disk spaces once a month. Who knows what one writes in the heat of the moment. Would not want anything to come back later and bite me!!!!

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