How to Delete Computer History Effectively
Almost everywhere on your computer, you leave imprints and traces of your activity in the form of log files, search history, temporary internet files and browser history, to name a few. They are there simply because they are part and requirements of normal PC functions. However, there comes a time when they are no longer necessary and can cause your computer to perform poorly or even worse, cause you to lose your privacy and security. These files can easily pile up over time, in a matter of weeks or days even, and take up hard drive space because they are usually saved in folders and locations on your computer that you don’t usually go to or sometimes even know existed. Your PC can be your greatest friend if handled properly with regular maintenance because it is arguably the best and most easily accessed piece of technology around, besides your phone. It can also be your worst nightmare if you don’t take care of it because it can become unstable and unpredictable in times when you need it the most. So how do you properly dispose of computer history in Windows? Here are a few tips:
Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragment – the Manual Way:
Windows Vista and Windows XP can let you clean up computer history through the Disk Cleanup tool and free some hard disk space with disk defragment. In Windows XP you can do this by going to Start-All Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk Cleanup or Disk Defragment. In Windows Vista, you can access both tools in the same manner. The only difference is in Windows Vista, All Programs is named Programs. After choosing which hard drive you want to run disk cleanup on, a scan disk is ran on the drive and you are asked to choose which files to delete. You can choose from downloaded program files, temporary internet files, offline web pages, recycle bin, log files and other temporary files. It usually takes between 20 minutes to an hour to run Disk Cleanup, depending on the size of your hard drive. After the cleanup completes, you can then run Disk Defragment to free up disk space on your hard drive.
Computer History Erasers Software: