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Old Oct 6th, 2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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Question Windows XP question, please help

Background - I live in a seniors' apartment building and there is a computer running WinXP in the library for everyone to use.

This morning, one of the residents tried to search for something and was horrified when the drop down search history revealed that someone had previously searched for "pronography" and "sex".

Of course the woman finding this had to be the one who would be the most bent out of shape by such a revelation and after talking to her son and other family "experts" she is almost convinced that we ought to report it to the police.

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I found the culprit and slapped his hands and he promised not to do it again. He thought that since he first logged on to hotmail, that anything he did would be private.

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I deleted the offending history, but I'm wondering if there is something else I should also delete - does WinXP still cache pages?

Will this guy's journey through the internet's underbelly be recorded somewhere on the computer?

I suspect that he didn't find much but when the family experts come calling I want to be able to assure them that all is well.

Any help or suggestions welcome.

Thanks

Margaret
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Old Oct 6th, 2010, 11:01 PM   #2
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You can clear the cache and all browsing history quite easily in Firefox (it's in the tools menu). If it's using Explorer, I have no idea.
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You can clear the cache and all browsing history quite easily in Firefox (it's in the tools menu). If it's using Explorer, I have no idea.
Thanks bsenka - it's Explorer but I'll look for it.

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Would strongly recommend doing an anti-virus check at this point. Couldn't hurt.
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Old Oct 7th, 2010, 05:10 AM   #6
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Would strongly recommend doing an anti-virus check at this point. Couldn't hurt.
+1.

And if there's no such software on the machine already, maybe download & install Spybot or Malwarebytes (the latter is very good).
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You can also install Absolute Shield:
http://www.internet-track-eraser.com/free-internet-eraser.php
This is the free version and it can be set on Auto so it will erase everything ( history, passwords, cookies, etc.) asa the browser is closed.
The Pro version has more options and frankly is well worth the $.
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Thanks for all the advice.

If I had my way, this computer would be given to charity and everyone could buy their own and then it would be their problem.

Take care, Margaret
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You can also install software to prevent such searches in the future if its that big an issue. As far as not finding anything...I highly doubt it as just using Sex as a keyword in Google ought to have returned more then enough content.
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You can also install software to prevent such searches in the future if its that big an issue. As far as not finding anything...I highly doubt it as just using Sex as a keyword in Google ought to have returned more then enough content.
He wasn't searching in Google - somebody has installed extra toolbars and each of them has a search field. You're right, he probably found "something" but it's not me that's concerned.

The lady who got all excited gets bent out of shape if the handle of her coffee cup is turned the wrong way, and she made a big stink. She's afraid that we'll all go to jail because "what if it was child pornography" - I looked, it wasn't.

I deleted the cache in IE and ran a virus scan.

Only a few people use the computer and it seems like I spend more time "looking after it" than anyone does using it. My main goal is to let them destroy it and then we can get rid of it.

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