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remove old logs?

By ehughbanks ·
I keep hearing about how a pc stores everything you do in logs stored on the harddrive. Is it possible to see and delete these logs manually, just like one can delete the cookies that are stored?

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by mpdcsup In reply to remove old logs?

WinNT 4.0 stores its event logs (*.evt) in c:\winnt\system32\config
You probably don't want to delete them directly; you can use the event viewer to do so. You can also set size limits and retention information via the event viewer.

By default, each of the 3 event files are limited to 512K -- which is 1.5 MB and probably not worth worrying about.

IIS, by default, stores its log files in c:\winnt\system32\logfiles

And, depending on the Web and FTP activity on the machine (and logfilesettings in IIS), can eat your system drive alive. If you have an active site and want to retain your logfiles for statistical analysis, I'd suggest writing them to another volume. If you don't want or use them, turn off logging.

Other applications use log files too. You need to check the documentation of particular software you are using. Sometimes logfiles can be dealt with swiftly, other times they can impact performance (consider a process log, or plog in an RDBMS -- without it, you lose the ability to recover from a dirty shutdown).

Hope this helps.

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by insatiable In reply to remove old logs?

You don't mention whether your PC is NT or Win98, or any other PC like Macintosh... but
I'm guessing it's Microsoft.
Yes, the logs can be deleted if they're stored locally on your machine. You can do a find on *.log and delete them BUT you run the risk of deleting something you shouldn't, because it's a log that another program uses to reference, or there might be logfiles that aren't named *.log and you miss those altogether.
The best way to clean up your system, truthfully, is to get oneof the freeware or shareware programs that are written just to do that.
If you go to http://www.zdnet.com/downloads you can search on words like clean logs cookies browser html and you'll find programs that people have used and rated.
I personallylike SurfSecret, although I don't use it at home.
I use Uninstaller at home. It's easy, it runs in the background, I've been using it for two months without any problem (and I have five kids using my computer at home!!)
It's about $25 for the version, but you can download the demo at ZDnet for 30 days.
You might even find another one you prefer when you get to ZDnet.
Good luck!!

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by ehughbanks In reply to remove old logs?

how can i remove the temporary internet files completely, a friend told me there is a way to get them all in DOS mode, is there a specific file where browsing info is logged, where can a person find out where all the logs are and what they are used for?

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