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Privacy Guardian

By PC Tools Free to try Editors' Rating

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
Though the demo disables some important features, Privacy Guardian easily eliminates traces of certain online and offline activities. In general, the interface is convenient, allowing you to quickly erase your history with the tray icon. Another point in this application's favor is it won't hinder performance since it doesn't use much RAM when running in the background. The file shredder is accessible via both the main window and the Windows context menu, but it won't delete entire folders or let you choose from a list of different secure algorithms. Privacy Guardian removes junk files not only from Windows and Internet Explorer, but also from Opera. It also deletes traces from a large number of popular applications such as ICQ, Kazaa, and Google Toolbar, but the trial version disables this feature. The utility automatically cleans your computer at regular intervals. Privacy Guardian's simple, straightforward nature makes it suitable for PC novices and common users alike.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1.0.37

Version 4.1.0.37 improves support for third-party software.

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added July 9, 2007
Version 4.1.0.37

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,223,385
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Privacy Guardian is a safe and easy way to clean activity and history traces and securely delete online Internet tracks stored in your browser and in hidden files. To protect your privacy and improve your system's performance, Privacy Guardian can delete cookies, clean index.dat files, clean the cache, erase the recent documents history, clear the recent documents list, remove temporary files, free hard drive space, kill typed URLs, wipe autocomplete-form data, empty file and temp folders, bleach empty hard-drive space and products such as Kazaa, iMesh, or ICQ. Privacy Guardian uses an advanced eraser to ensure all traces of your Internet and computer activities are permanently deleted and unrecoverable on your PC. Web browsers only provide partial privacy protection by allowing some temporary Internet files and cookies to be deleted, but they do not wash data out of all the hidden files, nor do they delete the data securely.