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Clear search results of recently used files??

By sschilbe ·
Is there a way to clear the listing of recently used files when searching from Start->Search->All files and folders->When it was modified? I'm being 'followed' and it's most annoying to explain why this file, or that file was used.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Clear search results of r ...


Can you explain a little more please? Is the search being conducted from your logon? What do you mean you are being 'followed'? Information about a file is held by the OS. Even if you clear the list of recently used documents, a search for modified documents will still list those you or anyone else modified.

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by darts32 In reply to Clear search results of r ...

Some ways to clear it manually:

If you are really worried try Evidence Eliminator.

Hope this helps!

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by Info-Safety, LLC In reply to Clear search results of r ...

One product that is particularly good at doing this is the Steganos Security Suite, although there are numerous other products that do the same thing. The internet trace destructor is the specific part of the Steganos Security Suite that does this.
To download a trial version, go to
Ironically, you can buy it for less from

Good luck.

Craig Herberg

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by TechKnowComputers In reply to Clear search results of r ...

Of course! :) If I am not mistaken, you are referring to those most annoying MRUs or Most Recently Used lists. If you go here
You should try out that little utility. It is called Disk Cleaner and Kudos to the folks that created it.Small Tight and lean, it not only wipes out all those annoying MRUs but gives you a very simple to use interface that will wipe all the known temporary folders in windows. Most Versatile Tool of its type I have seen with the possible e3xception of another little prog called emptemp2 (I think) you can set that one to do essentially the same thing ythat disk cleaner does but on a timed schedule that you choose. :) Nice huh? Good Luck and if you are being observed with malicious intent, I assume you know all about keyloggers and have traken steps to ensure that your keystrokes are not being logged to a text file on the evil managements desktop somewhere? Best Of Luck!

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by dmiles In reply to Clear search results of r ...

Click-->Start button-->Settings-->Task Bar & Start Menu,click on Advanced tab,now click on Clear button

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by Eride In reply to Clear search results of r ...

alot of your user files are stored here C:\Documents and Settings\UserName

this includes temp files and internet cookies and such.

Most likly you will need additional software, it is easier this way.

here is a tutorial and some software that has already been assembeled for your problem
or if you want more options

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by mendenhallre In reply to Clear search results of r ...


Navigate to : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ System\ CurrentControlSet\ Control\ FileSystem.

Create a new, if it does ont already exist, DWORD value called 'NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate' and set the value to '1'

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by dryflies In reply to Clear search results of r ...

right click on the start button and select "properties"
go to the "advanced" tab.
uncheck the checkbox by "list my most recently opened documents"

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by sschilbe In reply to Clear search results of r ...

Thanks for all the help guys and gals.. Time will tell, i suppose. :)

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by coucha In reply to Clear search results of r ...

Besides what everyone else said, you can also start typing what you last searched for and highlight the item(s) and hit the delete button. That removes it as well.

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