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  1. Ignore CCleaner for a minute, if you enter a user and password in IE, the close IE, reopen IE and go back to that site does it remember your credentials? If not then IE is fundamentally where the problem lies. Have a look at this article ... http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009...icle.asp?ID=348 I must admit, even though all of my registry entries and IE Options appear to be set correctly, I can't get saved form passwords to work. I don't use it normally and originally answered 'no' to saving passwords - but now in investigating this thread it doesn't seem to want to turn back on
  2. And in CCleaner you have 'Autocomplete form history' unchecked?
  3. Isn't it 'Autocomplete form history'? You can also configure IE's behaviour via Internet Options / Content / Settings.
  4. Me neither !! I've struggled to find much in the way of objective information. Panda Cloud AV still requires updating ... it just doesn't do it in the conventional way ... more 'behind the scenes' I guess. Here are a couple of articles ... http://research.pandasecurity.com/ and http://www.brighthub.com/computing/smb-sec...cles/59809.aspx
  5. Musical, looks like JD's recent experience is the same as mine. Maybe it is the ol' dial-up thing that's giving you grief But as he says ... if you haven't actually tried it since their changes you don't really know how it would behave for you now. Maybe give it another go if that's the case.
  6. I was complaining about Avira earlier in the year when they had big download issues, but I haven't had a single problem with Free Avira since they sorted their servers out a month or two back ... so I'm more than happy to stick with them.
  7. I'd also add to fireyone's comments that if you do want secure free space wiping, in my experience (as per an earlier post) sdelete will do this. And of course, as with any operation that you may be unsure of, you may feel it prudent to take a volume back-up first.
  8. Ahhhh! Now I see where you're coming from . However, referring to my last post, I think that the statement that 'a file (metadata or otherwise) is part of free space' is an oxymoron. If your 'metadata' files were living in free space, how would the program that's telling you you have 168Mb be able to find them? So in terms of your reasoning ... Why? The displayed disk stats aren't dependent on the current user - "they are what they are". You may not be able to access the actual file structure ... but Windows sure can when it's adding up Have a look at 'Disk Management' (Right-c
  9. Hey no need to apologise ... the thread had gone off on a bit of a tangent long before that I was more reinforcing the idea the OP's concerns still hadn't properly been addressed and that my posts weren't an attempt to address that. But I think the OP has long since lost interest anyway When I use the term metadata in this context I'm talking about all of your afore-mentioned files. Generically, metadata is just 'data about other data'. What I said applies to all of those files. Any data that's in use by the OS is part of the file system somewhere. By definition, wiping free space shoul
  10. Okay. Well there's nothing quite like a practical test If there's one set of tools that I trust more than pretty much anything, it's Sysinternals. I used this piece of software to wipe my system volume free space. The accompanying article has some interesting information about how sdelete works, both for secure file deletion and free space wiping. sdelete was written by Mark Russinovich, who is a Technical Fellow at Microsoft. He's forgotten more about the internal workings of Windows operating systems than I will ever learn. Needless to say I'm still here, and so is my system par
  11. There's always copy'n'paste I suppose another thing worth mentioning is that if you only have one big volume, or a very big system volume, then the whole fill-and-delete thing ain't gonna be quick!
  12. Damn - I do apologise. It's a widget I've had for a couple of years and I just googled it to find the web site ... since the site was still up I didn't even check the download link. I've taken that link out to stop others getting the same problem - thanks for pointing it out. Meanwhile I'll google for a similar tool!
  13. Alan your post has piqued my curiosity . As someone who develops Enterprise level systems on an XP / W2k3 platform, I have never even had to concern myself with most of the "super-hidden" objects mentioned above; never mind worried about them. When you use some of the tools that expose things like this, there's maybe a tendency to worry unnecessarily (but understandably) about potential issues with them. Given the correct tools, I would have though that once you get down to disk level, the principles are the same whatever OS you're looking at. But that's not an area I have any experience
  14. 'Metadata' is a generic term ... what particular metadata (what files/objects) are you referring to Alan? Edited to add ... and if we're talking files then it won't be related to free space wiping anyway; more to do with ordinary ccleaner clean-ups.
  15. Glad you're sorted ... by whatever means FWIW I've never had a problem with Eraser, and at some point I've probably done a system partition free space wipe, though I've no idea at what version. I can say that I will continue to confidently use context menu 5.8.7 for secure file deletion. Just as a result of a couple of recent threads on these forums I've done quite a bit of messing around with deletion / recovery and I still find Eraser to be the most performant and the best at it what it does ... this includes a comparison with the PGP shredder. I'll be the first to post if my partitio
  16. Or to corrupt a line from 'Aliens' ... "I say we take off and nuke the whole HD from orbit - it's the only way to be sure"
  17. Thanks Steff; strong words. Though you wonder how many of those issues are personal. Also, I wouldn't expect a complete rewrite of the 'core' to be a minor point release. There are currently 13 open defects on Eraser - none look particularly serious. I'm not 'defending' the product - I'm following up to look after my own interests because I don't want to be using something that will break my system. And I don't use it to wipe free space ... which may be safer
  18. @ Steff: What was his justification for that statement? @ AssChin: What version of Eraser were you using (quite successfully, by the sound of it)? Just a comment on free space wiping in general. IMHO habitually wiping free-space is a time-consuming and unnecessary exercise. If you create a lot of material that you subsequently don't want to leave visible or recoverable then it's better (and easier) to securely delete these files as you go along. I tend just wipe stuff on a point of principle ... privacy! If someone breaks into the house and nicks my PC I don't want bank details o
  19. Absolutely ... and a useless exercise As per my first post, IMHO Gutmann is a pointless overkill in any scenario. But I wasn't thinking about Gutmann - I just wondered if the OP was expecting three passes and actually got just one.
  20. Interesting points. I've used Eraser for years. Wiping is all that it does and it does it very well. I can't comment on the accuracy of the OP's findings, but if any product offers 'secure deletion' as ccleaner does, then it should do what it claims to do. I'm betting (it's not mentioned explicitly) that when the OP ran Eraser (and Encase [a leading commercial forensic investigative tool] found the drive wiped clean) it was also done with just a 3-pass. I would call that to all intents and purposes 'forensically clean'. Even with electromagnetic scanning tools what might be recovered is st
  21. Avira Antivir free. I used to use AVG but that got very naggy. I love Antivir's interface and its configurability. My update is scheduled every two hours ... I know ... overkill And if I hadn't suppressed the nag screen that would probably annoy the hell out of me.
  22. At home everything goes through a Vigor 2800G Security Router ... wonderful little bit of kit. It's a bit old now, but still feature-packed. Software firewall varies - a mix of Zone Alarm free (long-standing fan ... pity it's gotten so bloated) and XP built-in. Though not on the same machine obviously . I tried Comodo free once and that was awesome ... but I couldn't afford to employ someone to keep it configured properly . I uninstalled it in the end because it was such a pain to look after - but for a free product the control and flexibility were amazing. Quite fancy trying Smoot
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