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Deleting Temporary Files Painlessly "Addendum" to the "Addendum" 

Thanks to Mr. Bass for this info!

Windows Protect your Privacy
WinXP | Win2000 | Win98 | WinME

;save to text named something like url_recent.reg works for 98, ME, 2000 and XP
; cleans IE URL drop down list and recent docs, etc. Suggest placing in startup folder
;when rebooting just hit ENTER key twice to execute

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\





CurrentVersion\Explorer\Map Network Drive MRU]


[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Search Assistant\ACMru]

Privacy for Windows XP
rem WinXP, cleans cookies, cache, temp, history, index.dat
rem put in startup folder and it'll clean each time upon logging in
rem save to text file named something like cleanxp.cmd
rem to clean index.dat files must logoff completely. Switch users wont' cut it.
rem Netscape see Windows 2000 section here
@echo on
cd %homedrive%%homepath%
rd /s/q locals~1\tempor~1
rd /s/q locals~1\temp\tempor~1
rd /s/q cookies
rd /s/q temp\cookies
rd /s/q locals~1\history
rd /s/q locals~1\temp\history
rd /s/q recent
md recent
rd /s/q locals~1\temp
md locals~1\temp

Privacy for Windows 2000

@echo off
rem cleans Cookies, History, Temporary Internet Files for Windows 2000
rem Internet 4.x, 5.x, 6.x and Netscape 4.x,6.x
rem Note-- check your Netscape path instead of your 'default' it could be your username
rem there are two places to replace yourusername with your own account
rem IE and Netscape URL drop down lists are stored in the registry
rem Netscape Edit - Preferences - Clear Location Bar and use the url_recent.reg above

rem name this entire file privacy.cmd
rem suggest putting in your StartUp folder privacy.cmd and url_recent.reg
rem HINT quick way is to logoff and login and voila all clean
rem IE and Windows
@echo on
rd /s/q c:\winnt\tempor~1
rd /s/q c:\winnt\cookies
rd /s/q c:\winnt\history
rd /s/q c:\winnt\temp
md c:\winnt\temp
cd c:\docume~1\yourusername
rd /s/q cookies
rd /s/q locals~1\history
rd /s/q recent
md recent
rd /s/q temp
md temp

rem Netscape 4.x and 6.x works for 2000 and XP
rd /s/q c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\cache
del /s/q c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\cookies.txt
del /s/q c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\netscape.hst

@echo off
rem del /s/q c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\*.db
rem del /s/q c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\*.dat
rem del /s/q c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\*.js
rem *.db deletes cert7.db key3.db secmod.db
rem *.dat deletes \news\host-news\hostinfo.dat file
rem *.js deletes prefs.js and liprefs.js
rem (probably not wise or have to reconfigure Netscape each time your start it)
rem best thing to do is Edit | Preferences | Clear Location Bar

rem making index.dat files (cache of cookies, history, temp internet files) 0 bytes
rem to prevent growing in size and invasion of privacy. Need to do this ONLY ONCE.
rem logoff and under the Administrator account create a text file
rem in c:\ called index.dat and right click | properties and make it READ-ONLY
rem Copy and then paste by right clicking in command prompt the following lines (exclude rem)
rem copy c:\index.dat c:\winnt\cookies\index.dat
rem copy c:\index.dat c:\winnt\tempor~1\content.ie5\index.dat
rem copy c:\index.dat c:\winnt\history\history.ie5\index.dat
rem c: cd c:\docume~1\yourusername
rem copy c:\index.dat cookies\index.dat
rem copy c:\index.dat locals~1\tempor~1\content.ie5\index.dat
rem copy c:\index.dat locals~1\history\history.ie5\index.dat

Privacy for Win98 ( for WinME here for WinME or see below)

autoexec.bat add the following to it to clean your system on every boot

deltree /y c:\windows\temp
mkdir c:\windows\temp
deltree /y c:\windows\cookies
deltree /y c:\windows\history
deltree /y c:\windows\tempor~1
deltree /y c:\windows\recent
deltree /y c:\temp
deltree /y c:\windows\applog
erase c:\windows\desktop\*.tmp
#erase c:\windows\win386.swp
deltree /y c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\cache
erase c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\cookies.txt
erase c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\netscape.hst
erase c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\*.dat
erase c:\progra~1\netscape\users\default\*.db

these files are deleted by the above batch file put in autoexec.bat
unfortunately these are impossible to delete while in windows so it'll clean them
when it reboots. Oh so clean just like Irish Spring.
C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
For Netscape users be sure to change default to whatever your profile name if it's different than default
Make wish to delete your win386.swp file everynow and then and then defrag by uncommenting #.

Privacy for WinME

Deleting index.dat files under WindowsME:
This should allow you to run all those cleanup commands from the autoexec.bat under WindowsME.

1. Make a file init.bat that contains the commands you want to run at startup, such as:
DELTREE /y c:\window\history\*.* >nul, etc.
2. Save it in c:\
3. In Windows Explorer, select init.bat, right click to get the menu, choose "Properties", "Program", then make sure "Close on exit" is selected"
4. Using Regedit, under
add a new string value, name it "init" and set its value to "c:\init.bat".

When you start up, WindowsME will open a DOS box and run the commands in the batch file, then close the DOS box. This is working for me...thanks to Bobby Roos

Web Banner Ad Blocking/Hosts (see Win98) works for XP not for 2000 though.
Block BANNERS with my dinky customized file 43KB from

unzip to
Windows 95/98/ME ---- c:\windows
Windows NT 4.0/2000 (2000 won't work)--- c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc
Windows XP --- c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc
Linux --- /etc/hosts

Netscape cleaning under Win2000 works for XP as well.
Enhance your security under winxp with XPantispy freeware.

last updated April 2002

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