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Old 05-22-2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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I have an IBM ThinkPad A31p that is my work laptop. The company is upgrading me to another laptop and I need to return this one.

Here's my dilemna: "technically" we're not supposed to visit the web, or download anything onto our computers. I've had this thing for over 5 years, and have been on the web numerous times and downloaded a number of things.

Hey- I'm a fantasy football and Penn State Nittany Lion junkie and needed my fixes, ok?

I've downloaded some music sharing software, Yahoo Messenger, and things like that. Nothing real complicated or illegal.
Can anyone tell me how to erase all of that stuff with no trace?

I went to add/delete programs and deleted Yahoo! messenger, but on startup I get a message saying a certain Yahoo file can't be found. I get the same thing for another program ( I think it is Rhapsody Music)

Also- will there be footprints of the web activity on the hard drive? If they see I've been hitting the web, I'll get a wrist slap but would prefer to remain unscathed. We have new leadership in the company and I want to remain a golden boy as long as I can If there is a way to erase web activity, I'd appreciate it.

Any help would be really appreciated
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:13 PM   #2
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Haha, well, we should be able to help. First of all, remove all the programs you don't want on there anymore using Add/Remove Programs. Then download and run this program:
http://www.ccleaner.com/

That should kill any more unnecessary remains of that stuff.
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:17 PM   #3
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hmm , the best way would be to do a full resotore of the laptop to return it to the state it was in when it came from the factory . Unless the it techs have had there paws on it before you there may not be a way to do this , when you first press the power button there is a cwertain key to press to ender the recovery system on my laptop it is F12 but it varies from company to company . this may not be the case , did you recievee any cd's with the laptop if so one may be a recovery cd
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:25 PM   #4
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but you should run CCcleaner before you reformat, data may be erased, but it is recoverable untill something is writin over it, thats what the FBI uses and there are smaller programs that can trace similar to what they have..
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You will have files of those programs still left over in the registry, you will have to get a registry cleaner of some description and run that, it should find the programs that are no longer used and give you the option to delete them.
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You will have files of those programs still left over in the registry, you will have to get a registry cleaner of some description and run that, it should find the programs that are no longer used and give you the option to delete them.
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Sorry fo the double post it got stuck in processing and i some how sent it twice.
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use tune up utilities shredder to delete the stuff.
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:48 PM   #9
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If their tools are much better than that, then you need to format and reinstall Windows.

Here's how. You may want to try Maxtor PowerMax to format the HDD by writing zeros, to the full disk.

Then, format and reinstall Windows.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:18 AM   #10
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OK...

best advice, re-install windows!
and if the techs find out, tell them that it broke and you had to fix it.

speaking from the point of view of one of the techs.
we really don't care what you install. we build laptops for people here, people aren't meant to install new stuff, but everybody knows that everyone does.
and 9/10 that's not a problem.
the techs are just going to be glad that you were sensible with what you installed and didn't keep bothering them.

of course... if all else fails.
go speak to the tech, tell them upfront that you've been messing about, most IT types are decent enough people and they aren't going to go dropping you in the crap... besides which it's very likely that they are only going to format the machine anyway!
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yeah the truth of it is unless you reformat there are gonna be traces of stuff left behind like stuff in program files the registry temporary files etc

and i dont think they will be too happy if you reformat the hardrive coz most companys have 'images' they put on there company laptops which unless you have that image it is almost impossible to install everything the way they did

is it really that bad ??? i dont think they will mind i mean c'mon its 2007 they really cnt expect to give some1 a laptop and presuming its wireless see that annoying wireless networks have been detected and not go on the internet ?
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If you do anything, they will know. If they found out you were trying to cover your tracks they'll prolly pull out the microscope to find out what you've been up to. If you haven't done anything wrong, just do a recoverey, send it to the IT, and tell them you recovered it for them. They may not even look at it.
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personaly the best idea so far is just go to the it guys and explain to them , mostly they should be reasonable i mean come on they will understand and maybe bribe them with beer

the second best idea is just reformat it and tell them you had a problem and you just reformatted it

only thing is if you have been doing things like online banking your details wont be securley removved from the hard drive
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Wow guys, it's not like his company is going to spend hundreds of dollars or hours upon hours just to find out if he played some games...

Simply removing whatever was put on there and using a free program like CCleaner should be fine.
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Wow guys, it's not like his company is going to spend hundreds of dollars or hours upon hours just to find out if he played some games...

Simply removing whatever was put on there and using a free program like CCleaner should be fine.
yeah i agree but if he has been doing stuff like ebay or onlne banking i would recomend some form of reformat at least
wait for him to reply and if he hasnt done any ebay or online banking uninstalling it all and cc cleaner does the trick fine
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I don't wish to make presumptions, but if you really are that worried you must have something to hide? we all have cob webs in our cupboard somewhere. you should take the advice of what the majority of people have said and reformat its the only true way to completely cover your tracks.
If you do have a recovery disc or partition on your laptop then it should be a snip just remember to back up your data first in case you don't wasn't to lose everything.
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If they really, really want to get the data, they probably will. The only way to ensure that the data isn't recoverable is to destroy the hard drive...
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