Is there anyway to recover your internet activity after deletion?

By KSHamm ·
I need to retrieve my internet activity for the a specific time frame. The problem is I used CCleaner to wash my browsers, it also cleaned my index.dat file. So is it possible for me to retrieve this information by myself or should I send my hard drive off for analysis because it is utterly important that I retrieve this internet history with a historical time line. Please help, anything will be much appreciated. Thank you.

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Well you have answered your own question

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Is there anyway to recove ...

With the because it is utterly important that I retrieve this internet history

If this is so Important you really need to send the Drive to a Data Recovery Company who can do Forensic Work. If you mess around with it you run the risk of making it impossible to recover the Data required and much more importantly the more that you mess with it the harder it's going to be for the Pro's to find what you need. Read that as make it more expensive.

However if you are willing to try one of the Forensic Apps like Win Hex


May be what you require. However because of what this is it's very easy to do more damage than good so for Important Data I really would urge that you send it to the Data Recovery Specialists.

You also need to understand that if there are any Legal Issues involved if you make changes those changes to the HDD may not be usable for whatever you require them to be.


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If this is very *recent* history

by seanferd In reply to Is there anyway to recove ...

and you have stopped using the drive entirely since, do send it for (expensive) recovery.

Otherwise, forget it.

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I hate to sound negative, but...

by robo_dev In reply to If this is very *recent* ...

A data forensic expert *might* be able to recover something.

CCCleaner has the standard "one pass overwrite' setting which, if the drive were shut off immediately after cleaning, might yield some recoverable data.

If the CC Cleaner were set to the 3, 7, or 35 pass over-write settings, then no.

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Also I should have added above

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I hate to sound negative, ...

If you end up sending the drive to a Forensic Recovery Specialist the OP should not expect to use that drive again so they should backup all of the Data and so on before sending it away.


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Right. Assuming

by seanferd In reply to I hate to sound negative, ...

that this area of the disk is not constantly overwritten by other temp data, which it probably is.

I'm sure a determined and well-funded forensic specialist could recover data, but would it be the full, unbroken history the OP wants? And at what cost?

I don't think you were negative at all.

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Try freeware PC Inspector File Recovery

by dave In reply to Is there anyway to recove ...

Maybe the index.dat can be recovered. Don't know, never tried it, but it might be worth a shot.

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