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    Data saved to disk

    I have a simple question. When I perform an internet search, traces of the search are saved to disk even though I do not save the data to disk. How is this so?

    Thank you for any clarity you can give me on this.


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    Check your Internet Options, General Tab, Browsing History, Settings. You can set the time frame, how much space used and even to delete upon exit here.

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    Basically, everything that is displayed on your computer screen by a browser {IE, FF, Chrome, Opera, etc.} is written on your hard drive. As Ted stated above, you can control how much space is used and you can also delete these files with the browser's controls. You can also delete these files with programs like CCleaner. This should be considered part of your monthly, if not more often, maintenance program for your computer.
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    And there are browser plug-ins for Firefox and Chrome which will clean all the data written to the disk upon closing the browser, or at any time you choose to do the cleaning manually. For IE, you can use ClickNClean, which also works for Firefox and Chrome. Choose whatever settings you want, and clean out as much or as little as you prefer. Secure deletion (multiple overwrites) can also be chosen as an option in these plug-ins or in CCleaner. I NEVER wait one month before cleaning out browser data! Daily or at least weekly is much safer in my experience.
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