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    MRU-Blaster

    As an adjunct to a response I posted in another forum, I thought I'd mention this "find" here, under the umbrella of "privacy".

    MRU-Blaster is a program made to do one large task - detect and clean MRU (most recently used) lists on your computer.

    These MRU lists contain information such as the names and/or locations of the last files you have accessed. They are located ALL OVER your registry, and for almost ANY file type. By looking at these MRU lists, someone could determine what files you opened/saved/looked at, what their file names were, and much more! (And, in many cases, the lists are displayed in drop-down menus automatically.)

    With additional plug-ins that allow you to clean out your Temporary Internet Files and Cookies, MRU-Blaster enhances the protection of your privacy!


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    Re: MRU-Blaster

    Alan,

    Both Ad-Aware and Spybot will detect and allow you to clean usage tracks also.

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    Re: MRU-Blaster

    True. But I get the impression they don't pick up as much as this one. In particular, I don't think they show recently opened .PDFs (but I might be wrong).

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    Re: MRU-Blaster

    Ad-Aware calls them "negligible objects". Using the custom scan or full system scan will address the MRU issues - and yes it does pick up PDFs.

    I note that no single program is a magic pill. But IMO SpyBot S&D 1.3 and Ad-Aware SE together (assuming they are both updated with current signature/definition files) are as close as you can get.

    Having said that, I note that MRU-Blaster is NOT listed on Eric Howes' Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products list here - a good thing.
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    Re: MRU-Blaster

    I think MRU-Blaster does the most complete job of clearing out the MRU lists on your computer - bar none.

    AdAware and Spybot S&D are really in the business of Spy/Adware removal and not in the MRU business. It was created by a very reputable guy, JavaCool, the same guy that developed SpywareBlaster -- which is a 'must have' component on any computer.

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    Re: MRU-Blaster

    Check out Crap Cleaner - it will definitely clean your system and it has an excellent Registry cleaner (it calls them "Issues") too. Highly recommended!
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    Re: MRU-Blaster

    Hi Bill:
    Thanks for this link. Have you used jv16 Power Tools, EasyCleaner, or Langa's CleanAll? I use all 3 & wonder how they compare.

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    Re: MRU-Blaster

    I tested Easy Cleaner once and it over cleaned - my system would not boot after use - fortunately I had saved a "before" image of my registry and my HD before testing it out as I was able to restore my registry and come back up.

    Have not used it since. It does have a nice interface and its other clean features worked fine.

    I have not used the other programs.
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    Re: MRU-Blaster

    Thanks for the feedback, Bill. That's the first I've heard of Easy Cleaner overcleaning, but I guess no tool is perfect.

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