Erase Internet Files
Protect your identity and erase Internet files
There are many places where your personal information is stored on your computer. This information may include social security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, bank account information, e-mails, Internet histories, and more.
Erasing Internet files that contain this information is an essential step in preventing identity theft.
It is essential to erase Internet files often and clean sensitive data from your computer. With the right software, you can permanently erase Internet files from your hard drive.
Erase Temporary Internet Files
The Temporary Internet Files (or cache) folder contains Web page content that is stored on your hard disk for quick viewing. This cache permits Internet Explorer to download only the content that has changed since you last viewed a Web page instead of downloading all the content for a page every time it is displayed.
In addition, your web surfing habits and history are stored here. Remove this information to minimize traces of your online activities.
To Erase Internet File Data from the Cache:
- In the "Control Panel" select "Internet Options."
- Click the "General" tab.
- Under "Temporary Internet Files", click "Delete Files".
- In the "Delete Files" dialog box, check "Delete All Offline Content" if you want to delete all Web page content that you have made available offline.
- Click OK.
- Cache files erased in this way are not permanently removed and can still be accessed by recovery software. Erase Internet file data with SecureClean to make this information unrecoverable.
- If the Temporary Internet Files folder contains a significant amount of Web page content, this process may take several minutes to complete.
- An administrator can customize your Temporary Internet Files settings and prevent you from changing them (for example, by removing the General tab from the interface in the Internet Options dialog box). If you cannot access the Internet Options dialog box or the General tab, contact your administrator for more information.
- Files that start with the word "Cookie" may remain in your Temporary Internet Files folder after you follow these steps. These files are pointers to the actual cookie files that are located in your Cookies folder.
- In some cases, files that are downloaded from Web sites may remain in your Temporary Internet Files folder but are not visible in Windows Explorer after you follow these steps.
Erase Internet Files by Removing Cookies:
There are files called cookies stored on the computer. Cookies were designed to simplify web surfing by storing traces of your personal information. This information can be used to track your surfing habits or to provide customized experiences on some sites.
If you erase these Internet files it will remove traces of sites, login names and passwords, credit card information, personal information, and more.
Here Is the Location of the Cookies Folder in Windows:
- Go to "My Computer" and click on "Local Hard Drive"
- Open the "Documents and Settings" folder
- Open the "User" Folder
- Open the "Cookies" Folder
- To remove cookies, select all files and press the Delete key
Cookies erased in this way are not permanently removed and can still be accessed by recovery software. Erase Internet file data with SecureClean to make this information unrecoverable.
Don't Let your Browser Store Passwords or Personal Information
Your computer can store your personal information to fill in Internet forms for you. This is called the AutoComplete feature.
Information stored by AutoComplete may include names, addresses, Social Security numbers, zip codes, and credit card numbers. It is easy for an identity thief to get a hold of your personal information that was filled out on an Internet form or during the installation of a new program.
Remove Index.dats Files
Index.dat files store Internet information for each individual user on your computer including browsing history. Unfortunately, these hidden system files are not easy to remove. Erase Internet files including index.dat files to completely protect your privacy.
Since index.dat files are nearly impossible to manually remove, use WhiteCanyon's SecureClean to erase Internet file data including index.dat files.
Remove Unnecessary Internet Explorer Plug-ins
A plug-in is a hardware or software module that adds specific features or services to your computer. The idea is that the new component simply plugs in to the existing system. For example, a plug-in may enable your computer to display different types of audio or video messages.
Some plug-ins may have been installed without your knowledge. Questionable plug-ins compromise your privacy tracing your web surfing, recording the text you type, and gathering other types of personal information. It is important to be able to differentiate between the plug-ins you want and those you want to remove. Unnecessary plug-ins slow down your computer and are a target for identity thieves.
To View or Remove Plug-ins from Internet Explorer:
- Go to "My Computer" and click on "Local Hard Drive"
- Open the "Program Files" folder
- Open the "Internet Explorer" folder
- Locate the "Plug-Ins" folder
- View the plug-ins installed and move any unnecessary plug-ins to the Recycle Bin
The Simple Way to Erase Internet Files
To manually erase Internet file information, you'll need a fair amount of computer experience. The most simple and effective way to protect your personal information on the Internet is with Internet eraser software such as SecureClean.
SecureClean is approved by the US Department of Defense to erase Internet file data permanently. SecureClean is used by major Fortune 500 companies and government agencies and we guarantee that it will work for you. Use SecureClean today and get the peace of mind you deserve!