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10-18-2000, 11:46 AM
I recently downloaded some pictures from the internet. I deleted them and emptied the recycle bin. My question is this: Even though I deleted everything, would there still be a record of them on the hard drive? If so, how would I go about getting the record erased?
10-18-2000, 03:36 PM
i wont ask what kind of pictures but would probably be left in your temporary internet files folder- when online go to view/internet options you should find it there http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
10-18-2000, 07:02 PM
Well... if you're worried that the men in black might come knocking on your door (or worse yet, your parents/spouse/girlfriend might find out), you should know that even if you delete something "completely" from recycle bin or wherever, the data is still sitting on the hard drive until windows decides to write new data over that same spot on the drive. Any undelete program can still see the files. The only way to remedy this is to use a security program (like Norton) that will actually over-write the file with xxxxx. This is usually referred to as a "defense dept wipe".
Also, understand that the files might still be sitting in your temp bin (as jangolion suggested), you may have picked up cookie files from the site you were at that will be easy to identify, There is most likely references to the images in your registry and under start>documents and the URL for the site might just decide to pop up at the least convenient times due to your browser history, ICQ URL history etc...
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