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    That's it.
    It has a bunch of different security wipes.
    Depending on time and what I'm going to do I either set for 1 or 3 passes.
    I use the DOS version, I don't recall if I ever tried the windows version.
    You can have it wipe just 1 partition or the whole drive.

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    I haven't used the DOS version, but have used the Windows version & the bootable one. Does the bootable one has this option?

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    I don't recall all the features it has without loading it up.
    It's out in the barn and I'm in my bedroom.
    Mine is the pro version, I also have an older one on floppy that I think does more than one pass.

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    I certainly was not referring to Wiping a hard drive, but just cleaning up your daily mess,
    Like cleaning up your living room, when you know company is coming.
    Like, Emptying the ash trays, cleaning up the papers and magazines laying all over the place.
    You know what I mean.

    In the PC, dump those Temporary Internet Files, Temp Files, all that junk that will build up forever if you don't clean it out.

    I went through my own HD and tried to identify every folder where Windows or some program stores junk files, and I put every one of those locations (paths) into my Cleanup batch file which runs from the STARTUP folder, every time I boot up my PC (Daily). I've recently added the Extended "Disk Cleanup" to the end of my batch file.

    The prevents a HUGE amount of trash from building up on my HD.

    That's the kind of cleanup I'm talking about.

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    I have not been running the Cleanup batch file at startup, but that's probably a good idea. I have been doing it manually regularly. Do you find it runs before the auto go to desktop command or after?

    OK, I added my batch file after the Auto desktop command in the Startup folder and it seems to auto switch to desktop, then start the Cleanup batch file. Nice. I won't have to do that manually now until I'm ready to create an Image.
    Last edited by Medico; 03-28-2012 at 10:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    I certainly was not referring to Wiping a hard drive, but just cleaning up your daily mess,
    Like cleaning up your living room, when you know company is coming.
    Like, Emptying the ash trays, cleaning up the papers and magazines laying all over the place.
    You know what I mean.

    In the PC, dump those Temporary Internet Files, Temp Files, all that junk that will build up forever if you don't clean it out.

    I went through my own HD and tried to identify every folder where Windows or some program stores junk files, and I put every one of those locations (paths) into my Cleanup batch file which runs from the STARTUP folder, every time I boot up my PC (Daily). I've recently added the Extended "Disk Cleanup" to the end of my batch file.

    The prevents a HUGE amount of trash from building up on my HD.

    That's the kind of cleanup I'm talking about.

    TM
    Neither was I, my first response was about properly deleting files. If one who manages money online, or otherwise gives identifying info out, a dump isn't good enough.

    A software, such a CCleaner, is, & I use it at the end of each day, with a DOD (3x) pass. That get rids of a lot of the trash that you were referring to. If one doesn't run it for a while, temp files can easily add up to 1GB & more.

    There are some apps that can dig deeper, but CCleaner has met my disk cleaning requirements for years. Everyone has their own way to tackle this, anything is better than nothing. But personal info, such as bank account numbers & so forth, has to be securely wiped, not dumped.

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    I do my banking on-line too, but NO account info is saved on my PC. All work is done at the banks site and NOT on my PC. I'm surprised if every bank does not work the same way.
    If I want a copy of a screen, I do a screen print, I do not save the info to my PC.

    My current account at W.F. does not even allow my log-in name to be saved on my PC. I have to enter both the log-in name and password every time I log in.

    When I log off of my bank's site, there is NO trace of that transaction on my PC, other than the Bank's URL in my history files. But just that URL gives no personal info about me, just that I went to that site.

    If I were paranoid about that, I could just add the FF history to my daily cleanup batch file.

    But, to each his/her own. Eh?


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    I am trying to win one of the 10 licenses for IObit Advanced System Care 5 Pro. We'll see if this utility works as effectively as the several utilities I presently use for these chores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    I do my banking on-line too, but NO account info is saved on my PC. All work is done at the banks site and NOT on my PC. I'm surprised if every bank does not work the same way.
    If I want a copy of a screen, I do a screen print, I do not save the info to my PC.

    My current account at W.F. does not even allow my log-in name to be saved on my PC. I have to enter both the log-in name and password every time I log in.

    When I log off of my bank's site, there is NO trace of that transaction on my PC, other than the Bank's URL in my history files. But just that URL gives no personal info about me, just that I went to that site.

    If I were paranoid about that, I could just add the FF history to my daily cleanup batch file.

    But, to each his/her own. Eh?

    How do you do this, with a bootable flash drive with something like Portable Apps installed on it? I could see where one has to enter their username every time, but unless you have an ace up your sleeve that we don't know of, whatever we do is stored onto our hard drive somewhere. Until we delete it, either by using the Disk Cleanup tool, or CCleaner or an equivalent of it.

    I know that what you're speaking of can be done with a Linux OS install disk, in live mode, nothing is written to the hard drive, because Windows isn't running, the CD/DVD is. Same with Portable Apps.

    How do you manage, while running Windows, for any transaction info not to be stored onto your hard drive? The answer to this could save many from being ripped off.

    Cat

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    I do wish you'd quit hawking CCleaner.
    I tried it twice over several years and both times it left my HD un-bootable.
    I don't want that thing anywhere near my PC.

    My own Cleanup batch file keeps me safe by deleting all the incriminating files every day.
    I still don't download anything from banking. I look at it, maybe print it and then its gone.
    Poof!
    A man with experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.
    Backup! Backup! Backup! Ghost rocks!

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