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    Unhappy Help me delete Files/History please

    I recently bought a laptop for my young son to cut his teeth on.

    As I was showing him how to find things I types "big" into the search function ... AND to my surprise the results showed multiple websites visited by the previous owner with "big" things that I do not want my son to see or know about at this stage!!

    I can only guess that these results are in some cash memory somewhere.

    I'm not an expert, but know my way around opensuse a little bit.

    I tried clicking on the icon and then deleting it, bit it does not work.

    Can anyone please help me to get rid of these nasties.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Help me delete Files/History please

    Quote Originally Posted by ockron View Post
    I recently bought a laptop for my young son to cut his teeth on.

    As I was showing him how to find things I types "big" into the search function ... AND to my surprise the results showed multiple websites visited by the previous owner with "big" things that I do not want my son to see or know about at this stage!!

    I can only guess that these results are in some cash memory somewhere.

    I'm not an expert, but know my way around opensuse a little bit.

    I tried clicking on the icon and then deleting it, bit it does not work.

    Can anyone please help me to get rid of these nasties.

    Thank you.
    Hi!
    If you did the search in Firefox then clear all private data in:
    Tools > Clear Recent History and click to Clear All.

    Also check the Bookmarks, maybe some pages are saved here.

    ps.: I'm using Firefox 3.5.2 and the Menu options in the earlier version are a bit different, but you can find out.
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    Default Re: Help me delete Files/History please

    On Tue, 2009-08-18 at 19:56 +0000, ockron wrote:
    > I recently bought a laptop for my young son to cut his teeth on.
    >
    > As I was showing him how to find things I types "big" into the search
    > function ... AND to my surprise the results showed multiple websites
    > visited by the previous owner with "big" things that I do not want my
    > son to see or know about at this stage!!
    >
    > I can only guess that these results are in some cash memory somewhere.


    Use separate accounts. Force logins (no auto login).

    And of course, the biggest fix... don't go to websites that you
    obviously do not trust. If you don't want want your child to learn how
    to murder from you, the easiest way is to not murder anyone... right?
    Otherwise the risk is ALWAYS there (always!).

    So... for example, if I don't want my child to see that I've been
    browsing terrorist training sites, the easiest way it to never browse to
    them to begin with. Otherwise, I think it's probably wise to just be
    honest with your child and let them know you're a terrorist (I'm just
    using that as an example of something most wouldn't want their child
    looking at). I'm just telling you the right solution to the problem...

    Obviously hiding one's crime, is another "solution", but it's flawed
    since lies can only go so far (since it's not the truth).

    It's like breaking the law. You can break the law, hide it and MAYBE
    you won't get caught. But then, you're always looking over your
    shoulder and you shiver every time you see a law enforcement officer.
    Perhaps a better approach is to strive to not break the law. Then at
    least you won't have fear and even if stopped by a law enforcement
    officer, you won't have to tell more lies... even if you did
    inadvertently break the law (which is always possible).

    It's just another option... but certainly a path less traveled by
    most... (sad but true, and we wonder why we can't trust anyone?).




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    Niclas Ekstedt NNTP User

    Default Re: Help me delete Files/History please

    ram88,

    In addition to this I would also recommend clearing out whatever beagle might
    have indexed. Just remove the .beagle directory in the user's home directory.

    But I seriously have to ask. Why not just reinstall? If it were me, I would have
    wiped the disk clean and then reinstalled the OS before selling.
    Even if I purchased a used computer that was already installed, I would
    seriously wipe the disk and reinstall. There's always the possibility that the
    seller has planted something on the box to get my personal info, keylogger,
    trojan, or whatever else mischief there is. Reinstall is my most sincere
    recommendation.


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    Niclas Ekstedt, CNA/CNE/CNS/CLS
    Systems Engineer
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    Default Re: Help me delete Files/History please

    Hi Ram,

    Yes I have deleted history and bookmarks. The other person used Opera and I even deleted that and installed Firefox - hoping it would help.

    This could be index files saved on the HDD somewhere??

    Hi Cj.
    It's a bit difficult explaining to a 7 year old what these ladies and gents are copulating as they are and doing these weird things. In fact I don't even have a conclusive answer to that question.

    Thanx for you post

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    Default Re: Help me delete Files/History please

    Quote Originally Posted by Niclas Ekstedt View Post
    ram88,

    In addition to this I would also recommend clearing out whatever beagle might
    have indexed. Just remove the .beagle directory in the user's home directory.

    But I seriously have to ask. Why not just reinstall? If it were me, I would have
    wiped the disk clean and then reinstalled the OS before selling.
    Even if I purchased a used computer that was already installed, I would
    seriously wipe the disk and reinstall. There's always the possibility that the
    seller has planted something on the box to get my personal info, keylogger,
    trojan, or whatever else mischief there is. Reinstall is my most sincere
    recommendation.


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    Niclas Ekstedt, CNA/CNE/CNS/CLS
    Systems Engineer
    Atea Sverige AB
    How di delete the .beagle directory?

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    Default Re: Help me delete Files/History please

    open up a console and type: rm -rf $HOME/.beagle

    or if your file manager supports it (Dolphin & Konqi do, dunno about Nautilus), enable view of hidden files and just right-click on the .beagle dir and delete it

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    Default Re: Help me delete Files/History please

    I fixed it!!

    Thank you for all the help and advice.

    I just completely removed beagle through the software manager.

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    Default Re: Help me delete Files/History please

    Just create a new user account and delete the old one go into yast to do this.

    Then the new user will start with clean defaults.
    Man first, have a try at Info, have a look at Wiki, if all that fails Scroogle!!!!!
    If I've helped click on the Rep button I don't know what it does but it sounds cool.

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    Niclas Ekstedt NNTP User

    Default Re: Help me delete Files/History please

    microchip8,

    > or if your file manager supports it (Dolphin & Konqi do, dunno about
    > Nautilus), enable view of hidden files


    Nautilus do support it. Just press Ctrl+H to toggle hidden
    files on/off


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    _________________________________________
    Niclas Ekstedt, CNA/CNE/CNS/CLS
    Systems Engineer
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