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Removing Firefox and Google Chrome completely

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posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 04:22 AM
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Hiya everyone.

So yeah, I need to delete all content from these two browsers since I need to return a computer back to someone.

She was using Explorer anyway when I received it.

I'm not worried about my browser's history.

I am deeply worried though about autofill, since I saved all of my passwords as well, and any traces in a cache or temp folder.

If I uninstall these two browsers, will that be enough?

I just need to make sure that any private information gets deleted before giving the computer back to my friend and would like to be extremely thorough on this.

One other thing to note, is that I have it set where once something gets deleted, it's gone, nothing goes to the Recycling Bin.

Cheers.




posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 04:26 AM
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Without knowing what operating syStem you are using, firstly go to both browsers, in chrome, go to settings and delete history, this will also give you the option to delete cookies and all autofill data, I'm sure Firefox will have the same option.
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posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 04:34 AM
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Sorry.

I always seem to forget the little details.


Yeah, it's Windows 7, which I have never used before and it's so confusing for me.

I've done what you suggested before, checking each and every box when trying to delete everything in my browser's history.

However, when I go to certain sites still, all I need to do is type one single letter and suddenly my entire account login password profile thingies autofills.

I don't know why since I clearly asked for that to be erased with both Chrome and Firefox.

I think I need the computer folders in which these both are stored and have them nuked.



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 04:51 AM
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You might be able to, but probably not.

Best thing to do is nuke the whole computer. Reformat the drives and re-install the OS from scratch. Short of that ... you'll always be left wondering.



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 04:59 AM
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However, when I go to certain sites still, all I need to do is type one single letter and suddenly my entire account login password profile thingies autofills.


When suggestions pop up, for example your email, highlight it with mouse and press shift+Del.

It should remove it

edit on 25-1-2014 by Mianeye because: (no reason given)


Second option.

Download CCleaner(link is below) install and scan and delete, it should remove all autofill. Uninstall CCleaner when you are done.

LINK CCleaner
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posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 05:16 AM
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It is easy. Simply use Revo Uninstall tool. This little bit of software will remove every trace of a program. It is so much better than Windows uninstall.



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 05:41 AM
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I can't.

I don't have the OS disks to reformat and my friend has junk on this computer that I probably shouldn't erase.



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 05:43 AM
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Mianeye
reply to post by Steffenfield
 





However, when I go to certain sites still, all I need to do is type one single letter and suddenly my entire account login password profile thingies autofills.


When suggestions pop up, for example your email, highlight it with mouse and press shift+Del.

It should remove it

edit on 25-1-2014 by Mianeye because: (no reason given)


Second option.

Download CCleaner(link is below) install and scan and delete, it should remove all autofill. Uninstall CCleaner when you are done.

LINK CCleaner
edit on 25-1-2014 by Mianeye because: (no reason given)


Thank you so much Mianeye!

Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you!



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 06:05 AM
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REVO UNINSTALLER - FREE VERSION
Even the freebie is an excellent tool to have. Otherwise do a "Clean-Install" but REVO will do what you need done.

Example:


It goes deep into the registry as well - deleting all traces of a given item.

Its not necessary to buy it either.

BUT ---------------------------------------------------------------------
If you must here's the Inst. for "Clean-Install" Save what you want on an external hard-drive if you have one. There's also a back-up option (a little complex for a newbie tho)

Windows 7 has a hidden recovery partition.

1. Restart the computer.

2. tap the F8 key until you see the Advanced Boot Option Screen. (quickly or you miss it)

3. Select Repair Your Computerand hit Enter.

4. Select your country >> OK.

5. On the System Recovery Options Screen select Restore Application.

6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

8. When prompted, select on "Full Factory Recovery"

9. Select Next >> Yes.

10. After a couple of minutes the recovery will be completed.

Just in case (but not likely) if that doesn't do it turn off the laptop completely using button top left - then hold down the 0 key and turn it on--if there's a recovery partition it'll show on the screen.

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posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 06:34 AM
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Will that delete anything of what was on the computer before I got it?

I don't want to mess up any of the games she had installed on this.



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 07:02 AM
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Steffenfield
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Will that delete anything of what was on the computer before I got it?

I don't want to mess up any of the games she had installed on this.


I don't know about saving games but I do suppose it can be done. Like I say - clean install is not the first option........use REVO. It will do the job for you.

BUT - If you're afraid of 'lingering porn imagery' (I say it with a smile) do the clean install............



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 07:09 AM
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I forgot to say, that if you use CCleaner you need to tick Saved passwords, in the tick box to the left. In standard settings these are usually unticked.

Win Explorer is under Windows, Firefox and Google Chrome is under Programs, else it wont delete Passwords.



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 07:28 AM
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Mianeye
I forgot to say, that if you use CCleaner you need to tick Saved passwords, in the tick box to the left. In standard settings these are usually unticked.

Win Explorer is under Windows, Firefox and Google Chrome is under Programs, else it wont delete Passwords.



Thanks again buddy!

As for MellowMarvin 's response, I'm not even slightly worried about her finding porn.

I only go to a few places, mostly Facebook, CNN, the weather, a few drawing sites, a Christian forum, my bank, Google Voice, and a funny popular web page.



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 07:47 AM
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Then what are you so concerned about?



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 08:19 AM
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Second option. Download CCleaner(link is below) install and scan and delete, it should remove all autofill. Uninstall CCleaner when you are done.

This is the best option for cleaning. If you want to go beyond that, use TFC in addition to it. Save it to desktop>right click>run as administrator.



It is easy. Simply use Revo Uninstall tool. This little bit of software will remove every trace of a program. It is so much better than Windows uninstall.

If you feel comfortable using an uninstaller, this is a good one. You can use the full version for 30 days. Leave it set to moderate, though. It will do a good job of removing the two browsers. That said...

Once you have cleaned with Ccleaner. A simple Windows uninstall will probably be sufficient for Firefox and Chrome. Good luck.


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posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 10:55 AM
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Steffenfield

Sorry.

I always seem to forget the little details.


Yeah, it's Windows 7, which I have never used before and it's so confusing for me.

I've done what you suggested before, checking each and every box when trying to delete everything in my browser's history.

However, when I go to certain sites still, all I need to do is type one single letter and suddenly my entire account login password profile thingies autofills.

I don't know why since I clearly asked for that to be erased with both Chrome and Firefox.

I think I need the computer folders in which these both are stored and have them nuked.


FYI, besides clearing history there are saved passwords that can be cleared from the 'Security' tab (in FF). These are used to autofill logins.



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 11:17 AM
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Hi,

Maybe you can just restore the computer to a time prior to borrowing it?

System restore; in program menu; how to guide

Choose the restore point that you want to use.

Note: Check the Show more restore points checkbox to see more than the most recent restore points.

Note: Any restore points that you created, scheduled restore points that Windows 7 created, and those created automatically during the installation of certain programs will be listed here. You can not use System Restore to undo Windows 7 changes to a date that a restore point does not exist.



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posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 11:38 AM
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Don't know why you don't just go to INTERNET OPTIONS in the CONTROL PANEL and re-select your friends browser as INTERNET EXPLORER, hit APPLY...and then go and delete all FIREFOX BROWSER/TOOLBAR files and GOOGLE BROWSER/TOOLBAR files?



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 11:59 AM
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If you didn't use ccleaner or revo ininstaller you can locate stored info for both browsers here. Also, if you used any of formentioned programs you can check if any folder still remains by following below steps

Firefox

If you uninstall FF you get asked if you want to delete all your settings.. Yes and done.. You can do a check by reinstalling FF and see what happens. Everytime you install a new FF without saved settings it creates a new profile which can be found under c:/Users/name/appdata/roaming/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles (windows7) Also a cached profile is stored in C:/Users/"username"/appdata/local/mozilla/firefox/profiles
What you see there is the profile currently in use by FF. If you open profile you see something like this "s435rdw.default" if you open that you can see what FF keeps saved there. When you unistall and not save settings both mozilla profile folders will be deleted.
You can also manually delete these profiles. The appdata folder is a hidden folder and can be made visible in folder options- click organize(left top) -> folder and search options -> view -> hidden files and folders -> select show hidden

Chrome

Folders for chrome can be found c:/program files(x86)/google/chrome/application -> there you see a serie of numbers, open it and there you have your chrome folder with settings and everything. This is a normal folder and can be deleted manually. If after uninstal there are still chrome related things, thats where you can find it.

Good luck










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posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 12:40 PM
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There is a setting to delete all passwords.



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