How about the registry

H.Salomons

New Member
I wonder, I have been looking around in the post (not too intensive I must admit) but I see nowhere that the registry can be cleaned.
After wiping a disk there must still be a lot to be found in that registry.
Any comment on that?
 

Carver

Member
Anytime you update a program, even a minor one. You leave obsolete keys and subfiles and values. Not just after wiping a disk. Maybe heidi can delevelop a utility that can be integrated into Eraser. I use a combo of Ccleaner; regseeker; Tuneup Utility.
 

spy1

Member
I don't know how much good it does, truthfully, but I run two programs - NTRegOpt http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/ and PageDefrag http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/PageDefrag.html - to try to keep the registry in shape.

At the end of any given computer session, the way I run them is this -

(1) Run CleanCache v.3.2 ( http://www.buttuglysoftware.com/CleanCache3.html and requires .NET Framework 1.1)

(2) Run CCleaner ( http://www.ccleaner.com/ )

(Both programs set to do mutiple wipes of everything they're capable of finding, and NOT to log or make back-ups of anything they find).

Then I run Index.dat Suite v.2.9.3 ( http://support.it-mate.co.uk/?mode=Prod ... x.datsuite ) to make sure ALL index.dats are taken care of - and, with this program, too, set to NOT log or make back-ups and to utilize every function its' got as far as "deleting" stuff goes.

Then I re-start the computer. PageDefrag is set to run at every boot (it's a program feature you have to set in the interface) and of course I have Windows itself set to erase the swap file at every boot.

When it's done re-starting, I run SBS&D and then manually run NTRegOpt and re-start again.

Right before I walk out the door to go to work, I start a free-space wipe with Eraser. (It's also running scheduled nightly).

That MFT's a bitch, isn't it? Pete
 

Kythe

Member
The free-space wiping will do the trick with MFT. It will also clear out the NTFS journaling file, which will otherwise store around 4 MB of your most recent disk activity for anyone to find.
 

spy1

Member
Kythe said:
It will also clear out the NTFS journaling file, which will otherwise store around 4 MB of your most recent disk activity for anyone to find.
Which kind of definitely points out the fact that you should do a free-space wipe every single time you walk away from the computer at the end of a session, I would say. (After having deleted everything in sight first, of course). Pete
 

Kythe

Member
spy1 said:
Kythe said:
It will also clear out the NTFS journaling file, which will otherwise store around 4 MB of your most recent disk activity for anyone to find.
Which kind of definitely points out the fact that you should do a free-space wipe every single time you walk away from the computer at the end of a session, I would say. (After having deleted everything in sight first, of course). Pete
Absolutely. I've been running an Eraser freespace wipe as the last step in logoff/shutdown scripts for over a year, now. Since that's generally done at night, I don't mind the fact that it takes a while to do the wipe -- which is probably why I've never tried the "quick erase" option in new Eraser 5.8 Beta (from everything I've read, that's likely a good thing).
 
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