For those of you new to Windows, and with apologies to old hands, you may be interested to know that Windows stores the address of every web site you’ve ever visited, from the day you first switched on your machine.

This information is stored in a hidden and protected file that you can’t delete by any normal means. Some say this secret file, one of several called index.dat, was put there at the behest of the FBI but whatever its origins, the fact is your PC is spying on you.

There are ways to rid yourself of this unwelcome snooper and for the past few years I’ve been recommending a freeware program called CCleaner (CC originally stood for Crap Cleaner…), and that’s not about to change as the latest version 3 is released.

It’s now even better, with new tools for safely wiping drives, added support the latest Internet Explorer and the new browsers, tools for Startup and System Restore, an option to run CCleaner at startup and lots more besides.

It’s still free, though there’s also supported paid-for version, if you go for the free edition make sure you pay attention during the install as it will install toolbars unless you uncheck the options.

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