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#1 norwegian

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 12:18 PM

Not sure if this is a topic for the main forum, as I was curious if a security program need worry about this as part of it's defense, and it could be added to the requests there, or is it a per user issue, which means it is a great topic to discuss here ?

With temp files, and usage tracks of computers for the internet, do you do much cleaning up of your tracks ?

I like to use a cleaner to delete my tracks before reboot, something similar to
CCleaner - http://www.ccleaner.com/

You can always use a registry cleaner too, but it's better to backup any registry keys, just to be on the safe side. The reason I mention this, we had a topic at DSLReports recently off Rxdoxx, here - http://www.dslreport...remark,17054493

Now I dont want to steel his thread, and just use it here. The fact remains though, that it is better to at least clean once in a while, and maintain your computer.

Do many worry about these things ?
Do many really consider things like MRU traces/tracks at all ?
Temp files ?
History ?
Prefetch ?

Is there places that are a concern, that isn't general knowledge ?

It to me is a mixture of keeping things clean, and helping in the layered security, even if that is a minimal side effect ?

I know I've fixed a computer or 2 that was old, that simply had a full HDD of temp files, so no more software could be loaded, simply because there was no room left.

Just curious, as I may go overboard on my cleaning process, just curious what others think ?

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 12:30 PM

Well, i'm more concerned about removing dust (a small paintbrush is used), cleaning fans/replacing fans if they are giving signs of dying.
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Posted 17 October 2006 - 12:41 PM

Funny I hadn't even worried about the hardware that actually runs the software. Very good point.

It is something that needs doing here all the time. Do you use anything else as well as the brush ? I realise alcohol and the like will get near what little grease there is in the bearings.

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 12:44 PM

well, yes i use some grease, but not that often, alcohol no. I also check (on old pcs) if the capacitors are inflated or if it "leaked"
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:58 AM

well, yes i use some grease, but not that often, alcohol no. I also check (on old pcs) if the capacitors are inflated or if it "leaked"

They also sell compressed air tanks with a little straw at the end to blow dust out of fans, etc.

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 12:26 PM

Sounds easy :happybirth:
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 01:15 PM

They also sell compressed air tanks with a little straw at the end to blow dust out of fans, etc.


You have to be careful on that point. There are sprays that seem to be compressed air, but have a freezing agent for the electronics as well. Doesn't help to blow dust out, after it has been wet and forced with air. It actually forms a coat. Tried once. :happybirth:

Read the can to make sure it is just air.

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 09:49 PM

What about cheap electric blowers sold at computer accessories shops. I use those to blow the dust and its very effective.

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 08:45 AM

So no one is concerned about garbage on the PC itself?
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 03:04 AM

So no one is concerned about garbage on the PC itself?


I clean my laptop at least once a week. CCleaner is my favourite "broom". Cleans registry from old leftovers and delete cookies.
Also defrag the drives once a month. '
Manually clean leftovers from applications i´ve removed and so on.
Prefetch, temp and other dusty things

Also scan my computer with Ad-Aware, SpyBot Search&Destroy and off course... KASPERSKY!! :hi:



I guess my wife wishes that I would clean our apartment as often as the computer..

Edited by klemtax, 14 August 2007 - 03:17 AM.

What, me worry?

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:47 AM

I clean my computer regularly with a .bat file someone from one of the most famous Chinese computer forums wrote.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 09:15 AM

I clean my computer regularly with a .bat file someone from one of the most famous Chinese computer forums wrote.

What does it do? Sounds scary
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 11:11 AM

@echo off Sytem Cleaner from chinadforce
echo Please wait...
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*.tmp
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*._mp
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*.log
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*.gid
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*.chk
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*.old
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\recycled\*.*
del /f /s /q %windir%\*.bak
del /f /s /q %windir%\prefetch\*.*
rd /s /q %windir%\temp & md %windir%\temp
del /f /q %userprofile%\cookies\*.*
del /f /q %userprofile%\recent\*.*
del /f /s /q "%userprofile%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.*"
del /f /s /q "%userprofile%\Local Settings\Temp\*.*"
del /f /s /q "%userprofile%\recent\*.*"
echo Completed successfully. Have a good day!
echo. & pause

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It works well in my computer and I have used it for dozens of times. But before trying it, you'd better backup with an image software. Some users say that their Drive C: is about 1.5G larger after they run this bat file.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 11:23 AM

I would add /c rd %tmp% /s /q && md %tmp% to clean TEMP dir of system variables (if it is not in %windir%)
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 12:57 PM

@echo off Sytem Cleaner from chinadforce
echo Please wait...
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*.tmp
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*._mp
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*.log
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*.gid
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*.chk
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\*.old
del /f /s /q %systemdrive%\recycled\*.*
del /f /s /q %windir%\*.bak
del /f /s /q %windir%\prefetch\*.*
rd /s /q %windir%\temp & md %windir%\temp
del /f /q %userprofile%\cookies\*.*
del /f /q %userprofile%\recent\*.*
del /f /s /q "%userprofile%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.*"
del /f /s /q "%userprofile%\Local Settings\Temp\*.*"
del /f /s /q "%userprofile%\recent\*.*"
echo Completed successfully. Have a good day!
echo. & pause

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It works well in my computer and I have used it for dozens of times. But before trying it, you'd better backup with an image software. Some users say that their Drive C: is about 1.5G larger after they run this bat file.

Thanx
this looks reasonable
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