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How to Securely Erase Private Data

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How to Set Up and Use Eraser

CAUTION: Reading the following instructions carelessly could cause you to disable your system and / or lose data you want to keep. So be sure to read them carefully.

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Set Up Eraser

Document and Browser History

Internet Explorer

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WARNING: Unless you remove PIEs (persistent identification elements), deleted or even securely erased cookies may be restored.

How to Remove PIEs

Before or Without Moving Your Temporary Internet Files Folder

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Windows Vista

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''In IE7's Protected Mode - which is the default in other than the Trusted security zone - the IE process runs with Low rights, even if the logged-in user is an administrator...''

''Since a Low process lacks the privilege to write to most locations in the file and registry, the File & Registry Compat Shim virtualizes some common file system folders and registry keys.''

''Those file and registry locations are redirected to per-user Low-integrity virtual locations where they can't affect the real versions. The virtualized file system is in the Temporary Internet Files (TIF) - the same general place IE caches web files.'' -

''Application Data'' is now in: C:\Users\UN\AppData\Roaming\
''Local Settings'' is now in: C:\Users\UN\AppData\Local

Create tasks for the following folders.
(replace UN with your user name)

C:\Windows\Temp

In C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data
Applications\Windows
Temp

In C:\Users\UN\Microsoft\Search\Data
Applications\Windows
Temp

In C:\Users\UN\Local Settings
Temp
Temp\Low
History\History.IE5
History\History.IE5\MSHist01...
History\Low\History.IE5
History\Low\History.IE5\MSHist01...
Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5

In C:\Users\UN\AppData\Local
Temp
Temp\Low

In C:\Users\UN\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows
History\History.IE5
History\History.IE5\MSHist01...
History\Low\History.IE5
History\Low\History.IE5\MSHist01...
Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5

In C:\Users\UN\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft
Internet Explorer\UserData
Internet Explorer\UserData\Low
Windows\Cookies
Windows\Cookies\Low
Windows\Recent
Windows\Recent\Low

C:\Users\UN\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\
Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized

Windows XP

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Create tasks for the following folders.
(replace UN with your user name)

In C:\Documents and Settings\UN:
Recent
Cookies
Local Settings\Temp
Local Settings\History\History.IE5
Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

If you've created one or more additional accounts with administrator or Limited User access, create these tasks for them as well.

Note: If you only have a Limited User account (you don't have administrative access), you can't erase the contents of the folders listed above in someone else's account. But you can erase them in your own account.

After Moving Your Temporary Internet Files Folder

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After erasing the contents of the Temporary Internet Files (TIF) folder in its default location, change the folder's location in the TIF task to its new location. For example:

D:\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

Or if you've created more than one account and a new folder for each account:

D:\NAME\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

(Replace D with the drive letter you'ved moved the folder to, if different, and NAME with the name you've chosen for the new folder.)

Again, create a task for each user account you've created.


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