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Posted by Jason G. on 06 October 2010 07:36 PM

Internet Tab

This tab contains all of the Internet-related programs. Internet (web) browsers, instant messengers, and most file sharing programs are located here. WinSweeper removes history and privacy-related files for all of these programs.


Internet Browser Options

Each of the Internet browser programs contain a detailed list of sub-options, which provides you with maximum cleaning flexibility. These options are detailed below:

Cache - These are the temporary internet files that accumulated when you visit web sites.  These files include graphics files and other files that leave traces of your internet browsing activity.

Cookies - A browser cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser to be stored for future use. The most security-relevant use of browser cookies is when they are used to store authentication data, such as user names and passwords.  Therefore, deleting cookies is highly recommended to protect your privacy.

Browser History - As you browse the Internet, each of the items you view are saved locally on your hard disk drive. To conserve hard disk drive space and to help keep your Internet browsing private, we recommend deleting Internet History.

Visited URL History - Your internet browser records all of the URLs that you have every visited. Deleting visited URLs prevents others from seeing the sites you have accessed.

Typed URL History - Every time you type a URL / web site address in the address bar of your browser, it will record this URL in the folder "temporary internet files".

AutoComplete Forms Data - Your internet browser can remember what you've entered in forms on web pages, also known as text fields. After you've entered something into a form on a web page (such as a search box), the next time you visit that page, your previous entry will be available to re-use. Identity-sensitive data such as names, addresses, and phone numbers puts your privacy at risk.

AutoComplete Passwords - Your internet browser can remember what passwords you've entered into web login pages. The next time you visit that page, your password will be available to re-use. Keeping a history of your passwords puts your privacy and security at high risk.

Downloaded Program Files - Your internet browser keeps a detailed log of every file you've downloaded.  This can expose any sensitive files that you may have downloaded in the past.


Index.dat Files - The index.dat file is a database file. It is a repository of information such as web URLs, search queries and recently opened files. Its purpose is to enable quick access to data used by Internet Explorer.  The index.dat file is user-specfic and is open as long a user is logged on in Windows. Separate index.dat files exist for the Internet Explorer history, cache, and cookies.  Clearing this file is important to protecting browsing privacy.

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