Techno phobia said:Thanks for your replies, I may consider investing in software in the future, so thanks for the recommendation.
Basically once I've erased the following:
Erased unused disc space
Eraser or deleted index.dat files after opening and closing IE.
Erased swap files on shutdown
Deleted remaining temporary files in disc clean (assuming I find a way of deleting them).
Deleted usage & search assistant tracks with spybot
Deleted email attachments
Cleared cluster tips whilst in a different mode
Once I've done all that can I be more or sure that no one will find any of my internet content on the computer (i.e (the computer engineer, or just a very clever PC wizard)??
Last few questions, will files deleted in the recycle bin be cleared by erasing unused space??
How can I locate web client/publisher files in order to delete??
Is there anything I should run in order to be sure that content can't be found via journal viewer??
Thanks very much once again.
No problem. This is good stuff to go over, and a FAQ along these lines should probably be created.
The one thing I'd mention about the above is that I'd clear unused disk space after everying else. That's because it makes sure there are no deleted temp files left over, and makes sure the NTFS journal file ($LogFile -- see http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs-system-files.htm for info) is flushed by the unused space wiping process.
As for web client/publisher files, well, I haven't used Publisher nor Front Page (which I assume would be the source for these files), so I can't be sure. However, I wouldn't be surprised if Spybot got those, too (at least, if you're talking about temp or history files). A lot of application files can be found under your profile (e.g. c:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data), temporary files can be found in your temp directory (C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Temp -- Spybot normally clears this directory) and document files can be found in your "My Documents" directory or a subdirectory under it. Check there, and use Eraser to wipe them manually, or set up a "shutdown" script that handles erasing the contents of the files/subdirectories in question.