Privacy Software Indo Cleaner

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 26, 2009
Updated • Dec 5, 2012
Software, Windows software

The Windows operating system keeps track of the most recently used (mru) files. Most Windows users do not know that and are surprised when someone points this out to them. This can be a privacy risk as anyone with access can access these file lists to see which files have been recently opened by the user. These recently opened file lists are used - among other things - to display the most recently opened files or documents in the Windows start menu.

Indo Cleaner is a privacy software that can deal with most recently used file listings. It basically is a cleaner that checks various lists for entries giving the user the option to delete some or all of them so that they cannot reveal any information about which files have been opened in the past.

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All available mru lists are selected by default after installation and start of Indo Cleaner. This includes Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office and Windows Media Player but also Firefox and Opera. It is possible to uncheck any of the programs listed to prevent the lists from being cleaned up.

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The remaining most recently used lists will then be checked and the number of entries that are stored in the Windows operating system are shown. Here it is again possible to uncheck some programs or proceed with the cleanup to delete the selected recently used files.

Indo Cleaner is not the only privacy software that can clean the most recently used files. Ccleaner is for example another program that can delete those files. Indo Cleaner is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista (and likely Windows 7).

Update: IndoCleaner is no longer available, the website returns a 404 not found error. I suggest you use the excellent CCleaner instead. CCleaner is a sophisticated temporary file cleaner that is the top of the class product.


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  1. Jack said on October 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Jonathan – you encouraged me to try again – possibly I needed to relax security a bit.

    So I allowed script and popups and got to the captcha. But still no go – error messages thereafter. Frankly when a publisher asks me to jump through these kind of hoops, I get suspicious. I could switch off more security, but I’m not going to. Possibly useful software, but they can stuff it.

  2. Jonathan said on October 27, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Downloaded fine for me, though it was a PITA, clicking 3 different links then having to do a captcha before being able to download!

  3. Jack said on October 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Download doesn’t seem to work…

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