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Anti Tracks for Windows: delete privacy related data

There are a couple of scenarios where deleting privacy related tracks may make sense. Maybe you are using a public computer and do not want the next user to see where you have went or what you have done on the computer. Or you are sharing a PC at home or at work, or want to delete data before system admins get hold of it, or maybe you do not want to take any chances that police, law enforcement or your mum find out what you have been doing on your computer lately.

Anti Tracks is a sophisticated program for Windows that can take care of many privacy related tracks left behind on a Windows installation. It is in many regards similar to the popular CCleaner, but differs in terms of what can be cleaned and additional functionality.

The program walks you through a series of configuration windows on first start that you can use to configure initial settings. Here you can for instance configure which browser and Windows data you want cleaned up when you use it to delete temporary data and files.

Once done you are taken to the main program window.

anti tracks screenshot

Here you can select the following program options:

  • Tracks Eraser - Deletes temporary data found on the system.
  • File Shredder - Delete data permanently so that it cannot be recovered.
  • Junk Files Cleaner - Scan for junk and obsolete files.
  • Broken Shortcuts - Scan the system for broken shortcuts.
  • Disk Wiper - Delete a disk securely so that data cannot be recovered.
  • Empty Folders Cleaner - Find and delete empty folders on the system.
  • Hide files and folders
  • Passwords Wallet - A password manager.
  • Disposable emails - Create new disposable email addresses.
  • Panic Key - Hide anything you are watching or working on right now with the press of a button.
  • Startup Manager - Manage programs that start with the operating system.
  • Applications uninstaller - Remove installed programs from the system.
  • System backups - Manage System Restore points.

space analyzer screenshot

The functionality is certainly impressive, especially if you have the intention to use several of the features it makes available regularly.

I ran into a couple of errors during tests which always displayed an error report and the option to send or exit the error notification. Especially the track eraser and junk file cleaner displayed errors, while other features worked just fine. I can't really say if this is a general issue with the program or if is limited to the test system or the Windows 7 Pro 64-bit operating system.

The program is not as easy to use as CCleaner but that is largely because of all of the features that it displays in the interface. This should not be a problem if you plan on use the program regularly, but it may take a couple of runs to get used to it.

Verdict

Anti Tracks is a well designed program to remove privacy related data from the system. It offers features that CCleaner and other temporary file cleaners do not offer, like the generation of disposable email addresses or the panic button. If you are looking for a program that offers more tools than CCleaner then this is the program to take for a test ride.





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    Comments

    1. angryboy said on February 19, 2013 at 11:41 am
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      Nothing good about it,

      Free version:
      Failed to perform the functions promised. Never got the disk cleaner to work. The IP concealer appears to only be active in the full version.

      Full:
      It never worked. They stole my money for the product and never answered any of my emails to them. As far as I’m concerned they nothing more than a bunch of crooks.

      I know that this review is for the personal interest, but please do not full people about products like this.

      1. Midnight said on February 19, 2013 at 11:59 am
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        I’ve seen similar situations where developers take people’s money, then fail to comply with their policies and procedures.
        No customer service before or after!

        This has happened to me a few times too many in the past and is the reason why I do my research very carefully before dishing out my hard earned money for any products!

        Comments like yours can be a wake up call for others!

    2. Mountainking said on February 20, 2013 at 12:45 am
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      Hi Martin.
      Maybe credit http://www.instantfundas.com/ for the initial article?

      Or you got it from another source

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 20, 2013 at 2:41 am
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        The site was mentioned in an email I got recently.

        1. Mountainking said on February 20, 2013 at 6:26 am
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          It was not me :)

    3. Shawn said on February 20, 2013 at 12:48 am
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      @Martin

      Here’s a perfect example of a company that i’ve been trying to get some information for a licence of their texture maker pro version for commercial use.

      http://i-tex.de/

      If I could get a confirmation that the licenses are still sold and available as the site seems to be buggy I’d be in heaven..

      The texture generator part of this software I have lots of ideas on how to make lots of income with but I’m not willing to throw cash away without getting a final product.

      One use I have in mind is for photography green screen backdrops… just that alone with the billion configurations could make a nice library for a photographer.

      Even for business card backdrops. It’s a shame as the site keeps getting renewed but can’t contact the author. :-(

      As for the tool you mentioned I ran it through sandboxie to get a list of what it wanted to clean and made a batch file afterwards of the stuff I really wanted removed.

    4. Michael Kaur said on February 25, 2013 at 11:54 am
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      The idea isn’t bad but I’m afraid the first comment is correct, this program has to be improved. CCleaner of course doesn’t have certain features mentioned here, but it’s actually close enough if you bother to take a look at its advanced options.

    5. Martin said on March 15, 2013 at 2:18 am
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      I see no reason to buy the full version unless someone ‘really’ needs the hide IP feature…the free version include everything and it worked well with me!

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