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Clean up after yourself with Xleaner Portable

Erase sensitive data with this customizable tool.

Our computers hold traces of our most sensitive activities, from managing our finances to looking for love. If you'd like to tidy your electronic house and get rid of the evidence of your activities, try Xleaner Portable. It's not the most intuitive program we've ever used, but it does provide a comprehensive set of features for cleaning your computer of sensitive data.

The program opens with a screen displaying the tasks that are currently enabled, including cleaning the computer search list, the Windows clipboard and temp folder, the Internet Explorer history, and many other areas. The Manage Cleaning Jobs menu gives you access to a huge variety of tasks, which are divided by category: Windows, Browser, Office, and Custom. You can optionally set the program to clean the Registry after the other tasks are completed. The program is highly configurable, with lots of cleaning tasks to choose from, and it seems to do a thorough job of addressing places on your computer that might contain sensitive data. We do wish, however, that it had better documentation. It's not immediately clear how to get started, and the online Help file states in its introduction that it's incomplete. With a bit of poking around, Xleaner Portable isn't hard to figure out, but it could stand to be a little more user-friendly. Since this version of Xleaner is portable, it can be kept on a USB drive and used wherever you go, ensuring your privacy even on computers that aren't your own. Overall, we think that Xleaner Portable is a good choice for cleaning up after yourself, and it's worth trying if you're concerned about your privacy and security.

Xleaner Portable comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction with no need for installation.

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