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wiping all personal information off computer

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  • Started 2 years ago by peanaboo69
  • Latest reply from Lighthouse
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peanaboo69
Posts: 2

I'm going away and it is important that all of the information on my computer(i.e. files, downloads, personal information, email accounts and browser history)are wiped clean. Suggestions?

Posted 2 years ago
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nt0xik8ed
nt0xik8ed
Posts: 768

dban if you want a bare drive
eraser if you want your operating system
truecrypt if you want to keep everything and need a password to access the hard drive
ccleaner for everyday maintenance

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peanaboo69
Posts: 2

will eraser also handle the internet info?

Posted 2 years ago
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germ-x
germ-x
Posts: 5310

Ccleaner is best for internet browser history.
For emails you need to knoe what client you are using, unless you know wher they are stored. If you know the location you can use eraser

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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The simplest way is delete everything normally sending it to Recycle bin then use Ccleaner but make sure you select Wipe Free Space in the left pane...in Ccleaner > Options > Settings you set the no.of times you want it wiped...it'll take a good while in Wipe Free Space mode. Probably worth checking all the greyed out boxes in ccleaner as well if you want go to town on it.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Empty the Recycle Bin before you Wipe Free Space with CCleaner.

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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Good point LH! oops!

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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And another thing to remember, is that on every partition, you have to delete every $RECYCLE.BIN folder. Not all the contents are deleted with a normal Empty command.
The Bins will be remade empty afterwards.

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