Windows keeps a record of all USB devices that have been connected to the computer in the past. The records are stored in the Windows Registry, and programs like USB Deview display them directly in their interface.
Sometimes you may want to erase information about devices that have been connected to the PC in the past. It is a privacy issue for most users, but there may be other reasons as well.
Maybe you do not want your boss to find out that you connected your mobile phone to the work PC to update it, or copy mp3s from the phone to the work computer.
USB Oblivion is a free portable program for the Windows operating system that can erase all USB-related connection records from a PC it is started on.
The program offers to simulate the deletion of data first. This basically displays all steps that would be undertaken by the program if it would not be run in simulation mode. That's useful to figure out which changes are made to the system when the program is run in real mode.
You need to check the "do real clean (simulation otherwise) box in the program interface to delete the USB device traces permanently on the system.
The author recommends to eject all flash drives before the program is run to avoid data loss or other issues. USB Oblivion will create a Registry backup file before the information are deleted, so that it is possible to restore the information at a later time if necessary. All you need to do then is to double-click the Registry file to import the information again.
The application is compatible with 32_bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Interested users can download the program from the project's Google Code page.
While most users will run the GUI version of USB Oblivion, you can also run it from the command line instead. This can be useful if you want to use it in scripts for example, or create a quick shortcut on the desktop or another location to run it unattended.
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