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    To be a friend

    "They" say, "A true friend is somebody who will go in and delete your internet history when you die."

    A colleague is in hospital with a small but non-zero chance of coming out in a box. I have access to his machine and suspect that just erasing his history might not be adequate.

    Does anybody have any suggestions of how to handle this issue?

    Many family photographs are on the hard drive and there is still family who will want them so Darik's boot and nuke is not an option.
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    What exactly are you trying to achieve?
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    I think I would go through the HDD and ensure there was nothing compromising, whereas family photos can be things to be cherished by your friend's family should your friend lose the fight.

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    What am I trying to achieve?

    I want to leave his computer in a state that a casual family member, not an expert, would not stubble upon something that would cast my friend in a bad light. He's five years older than me (I'm 74) and he told me there are some internet sites he has visited that he would not want his wife to know about.

    I don't want to know about them, either, so I don't want to have to search for things.

    I guess I want something that will scrub the internet cache and I want to be informed of other folders where less than savory things might have been put by the browser (Internet explorer) and need to be scrubbed. Neither he nor any of his family are more than casual users.

    I have a scrubber in Powerdesk but I need something I can use on his box.
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    The free version of CCleaner can clean a lot up but you aren't going to know if there is anything compromising on there until you look and after deleting any programs/photos etc. you can use CCleaner's option to Wipe the free space, which can be a time consuming operation.

    You may also want to check to see if he has any sites saved in Favourites that need deleting.
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    For a non specialist, I would simply delete all temporary internet files and cookies, internet history, passwords and such. I would also check the favorites, probably deleting them all regardless. This needs to be done for all the browsers your friend uses.

    For added safety, you can delete the free space, once all the previous deleting has been done, but this can probably be skipped since you are just worried with regular users accessing your friend's internet history.
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    Thanks to all, I think I have what I need. Nobody is going to look at deleted files or what's in the free space. He's so damned old I can't imagine what he's worried about but he's worried.

    This thread is closed. I think there's a button to click but I can't find it.
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