Is there a relatively simple way to REALLY COMPLETELY clean my web history?

Posted on 2004-11-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Have been using Cyberscrub and like programs thinking my web tracks were being cleared.  Installed Google desktop and to my dismay, I realized every URL I have ever visited is still available (with a copy of the page).  The google desktop search web history status tells me there are over 4000 entries somewhere on my computer available for search.  I have downloaded several "trial" programs that all give me the same results; they all tell me the history has been cleared but I can then go and do a google desktop search, it pulls up the url and a copy of the page that I just visited prior to running the so-call eraser program.

Any suggestions?

Question by:John_Emory
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    Accepted Solution

    Hello John_Emory =)

    This is becoz when u celan the Temp internet files, u do it from Internet Options, which lefts the Index.dat file intact, and this file holds the information of all the web history :)

    To delete this file, either boot ur system in safemode, and delete ALL ur temp interent files from there, or use a third party tool like Index.dat Suite to kill those Index.dat files >>

    Moreover, dont forget to erase the AutoComplete Histroy from Internet Options>Content>AutoComplete section, and run Disk Cleanup on ur hard drive to erase all those Temp and extra files for Really cleaning ur system :)

    Good Luck =)

    Author Comment

    Thanks.  The indexdatsuite program appears to have done the trick.  I am still puzzled by the fact that google desktop search status indicates there are still over 4000 items in web history.

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    yeah becoz they were all present in the Index.dat file :)

    and now as the problem has solved, u can close this question, as u can see the Accept button infront of each comment which u got, u have to hit the button for that comment which solved ur problem, and then assign a grade according to the quality of help u got,,, that's all :)
    for more info. on how to close a Question, plzz refer here >>

    Thanx & Cheers ^_^
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    Expert Comment

    Hi John_Emory,
    > I am still puzzled by the fact that google desktop search status
    > indicates there are still over 4000 items in web history.

    Just a suggestion. You need to index using google desktop again and see if it lists again.
    In the previous suggestion ,it would have done those entries.

    close desktop search , open it again , let it do the full indexing and then search and see.



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