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Cleaning Up Work Computer

I am not the administrator of my PC at work but I would like to wipe out all or most of the internet history. The catch is, i do not have access to the "Tools" option since I am not the admin. I had searched the methods before but now cant seem to find them again. I believe theres some kind of filename with some extention that gives me access to such files if my memeory serves me right. Please help, thanks.

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Check With The Admin...

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If they want your Internet History to be retained, then you'll need to convince them why it's necessary to remove it. (Remember, it's against forum policy to discuss improper or illegal activites on these forums.). Still, even a limited user should be able to access the Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs/Internet Options section, UNLESS network policies are set otherwise. But you should be aware that most companies also have the ability to monitor your internet activity from an other point than just your local computer.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Cleaning up work comp

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Well see, the admin is some IT guy who would report the history on this PC. Dont want that to happen. This workstation is not networked with the other PCs but by any means i would like to clean it up. The only options i have in Tools is for security. Not what i would need to clean up history. I understand that not every single trace will be gone but the more the better.

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In that case

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In that case, I'm thinking you're outta luck. And I might add that you should never do ANYTHING on a work computer that you wouldn't want the whole company to know about. So, no looking at porn after hours, no looking for another job while you're supposed to be working at your current job, no cybersex sessions with someone you met in a chatroom, no chatrooms while on the subject, etc. Basically, anything that might be embarrassing, grounds for firing, or just generally that you wouldn't want the world+dog to know... KEEP IT OFF YOUR WORK COMPUTER! Do all that stuff at home. I do not understand why this seems to cause such difficulty for people.

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thanks jimmy

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in any case... its ok to just say that you know how to do it. i could have simply started off the story in another manner but i am just being straight forward. im looking for computer help, not a review on ethics. anyone know how to make this happen?

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computer cleanup.

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EDIT: in any case... its ok to just say that you Dont know how to do it. i could have simply started off the story in another manner but i am just being straight forward. im looking for computer help, not a review on ethics. anyone know how to make this happen?

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Well...

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Well, I know how to do it, but since it's a WORK computer, I'm not going to tell you. If you're not a member of your company's IT staff, then you're just out of luck.

Which is why I said for the future, avoid doing ANYTHING on a WORK computer that you wouldn't mind sharing with the entire world. You want to look at porn or waste the hours away in a chatroom or whatever it is that you're clearly worried about someone finding, that's your business, just do it at home on your own computer. Treat WORK systems as if everything you do on them can and will be monitored by someone.

In any case, end running your company's IT staff isn't something you're going to find help with here. So, either bribe the IT guy not to say anything, or make sure that your resume/CV is all up to date, for the seemingly inevitable time when someone will be escorting you out of the building never to return. Besides, if you're going to be stupid enough to do whatever it is you don't want people to find out about at work, without first knowing how to cover your tracks, I see no reason why I should help you. I would consider this a golden learning opportunity. Once you get canned at your current job, and manage to find another one, you won't likely make the same mistake again.

Oh, and just so you know... Even if you cleared out the evidence on your workstation, there's still likely to be a log of the sites you've visited, all associated with your computer's unique IP address, stored in the logs on the company's gateway system. So, one way or another, sounds like you've pretty well screwed the pooch. If this is a sackable offense you've committed, might just want to resign now before there's any kind of official inquiry.

But the long and the short of it is, you're not going to get any help with your question here. Also, be a little bit smarter than you have been, and don't incriminate yourself so readily.

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thanks again jimmy

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thanks for spending the time to reply with such a thourough and lengthy reponse. im sure you know how the motto goes when it comes to assumtions so i wont go there. i definately dont need porn nor to chat for that matter. i simply check my email which were not supposed to do anyway -big whoop. however, considering that others do you this computer and of course also violate the "supposed" rules.. this was an attempt to cover my rear end for any potential complaints just because they would be wasting thier breath just as you were with your fingers. keep up the "father" figure, your doing a great job. what i did learn from this was that i could and should have easily asked:

"out of curiousity is there an alernate method of cleaning out web history than just through 'tools'"?

If anyone cares to respond to my reformulated question, id greatly appreciated that.

Then Again, someone like yourself may go out of your way and ask ... "that seems kind of suspicious, i dont know if i can help you with that".... instead of just helping a fellow CPU user out.

Have a "nice" day, Jimmy.

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for windows version

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XP

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Locking This Thread..

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As stated earlier, the forum policies prevent us from discussing improper or illegal activities; in this case, a discussion that might cause you to lose your job.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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