Cleaning up after Internet Explorer

Submitted by jroos on Thu, 03/28/2002 - 13:00

Internet Explorer leaves pieces of information from browsing all over the place and doesn't clean up after itself when you're done browsing. Whether your concerned about privacy or just don't like having all the garbage lying around, this one's for you.

You use this script at your own risk. I am not a programmer. I just occasionally hack together code that gets the job done. If this script should happen to go wild and hose your computer you've been warned.


This script replaces launching IE directly. Instead CleanExplore launches IE and watches it. When IE exits the script wakes up and deletes Typed URLs, Cookies, the Cache and History files. It will not remove any index.dat files or any subfolders that are not empty.

Copy this file anywhere you like. If IE is not in the standard location change the strIEPath variable below. Replace your IE shortcuts with shortcuts to this script. Rename them to Internet Explorer for transparency and change the icon to the big blue E.

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