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Wipe out my memory - please.

This is my first post here. Thanks in advance.

I'm using Dell Dimension E520 with XP which has all updates. If it matters I recently used System Clean and Defrag.

I accidently downloaded some stuff from a P2P which I immediately deleated and dumped from my Recycle Bin. Now I find that may not have been enough for peace of mind.

So I want to clean out my HD of all traces of it and of course I don't know where it might be. I know it CAN be overwritten but in fact may never be. I assume I need some software to do it which is why I came here.

Any suggestions welcomed.

So how do I do that without wiping out XP and starting over?

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You Might Try Recuva (File Recovery Program) ...

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from the makers of Crap Cleaner. Good chance that if you remember the folder or file names you'll be able to find & call them back for removal/shredding whatever (assuming they haven't been over written yet). It's free & something to keep on hand. If you have CCleaner, you could put the recovered file(s) into your recycle bin and then open CCleaner and click "Options> click "Settings" and at bottom select "secure deletion" selecting either DOD 3 pass overwrite or NSA 7 pass overwrite. CCleaner is free for home use also (get "other builds": SLIM version for least draw on system resources.

http://www.recuva.com/

http://www.ccleaner.com/download/builds

Get Info on what each item to be cleaned is ,select on left side Cleaner Information & print out list.

http://www.internetrotsyourbrain.com/ccleanerbeginnersguide/


Good Luck!! Happy

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P.S.: After That Run Several Trojan Scans....

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(either your on board or on-line) just to be sure there's no nasties left!! Grin

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CCleaner

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What changes, if any, do I make to the Applications Tab?

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If you are really concerned...

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you could wipe the hard drive by using such software as DBAN that will clean the disk to Department of Defense or other standards.

Of course this means doing a new install of the operating system and programs. If this is your choice, be sure to have backups of any data that you will be keeping and wish to re-install after the reformat.

Hope this helps.

Glenn

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Getting close

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Maybe I'm picturing my HD wrong but what I'm looking to do is clean the HD, but only that part that is available to be written on.

Thereby writing over all deleted files, programs etc. making them unreadable.

Thanks for both suggestions I think I can use them both. I suspect that someday I'll be completely removing XP and reinstalling.

Meanwhile I just wanted to remove all the files and such I've Recycled in the past.

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