How do I delete RAM and temp files from MacBook Pro?

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  1. willholden3 macrumors newbie

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    Hi. What is the best way to completely erase everything on the computer so that it is not in the RAM or temporary memory anymore? I was looking at bikini models and I was redirected to another porn site. It popped up a bunch of other sites too. I would like to get rid of this and start over with this computer.

    I have a MacBook Pro. Thank you.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Delete the History items by selecting them and restart the MBP.

    That should do it.
     
  3. willholden3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was hoping to completely delete anything that can be recovered later. If I reinstall the Mac OS X, will that make everything unrecoverable? What about zeroing? I don't know what that means.

    Thanks.
     
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    I see you already have another thread going on about reinstalling the OS, so that everything would be wiped.

    Writing zeros and ones to disk, means that hdd space that was formerly allocated by data, and now trashed, will be written over with 1s and 0s, to make that data harder to recover.

    If you fear for recovering those bad porn site by someone else, a simple deleting of the trash and the browsers cache (Users/You/Library/Safari or Users/You/Library/Application Support/"Name of the browser") and then emptying the Trash securely (it will be written over with ones and zeros an can be enabled while in Trash and opening the Preferences (Cmd+,) would assure you, that most people won't be able to recover the data, even with software like Data Rescue II (99$).
    So why do you think, someone will go trough all the trouble, and recover your web history?
    With software it costs money (or not, if the person is adequate enough to find a pirated version) or it will cost real money, if the HDD is given to a professional.

    It's your computer, no one else should have access to your user account (if you have accounts set up, and it is indeed your computer).

    Good luck.


    PS: I will also post this in you other thread, if it's okay. I need the posts desperately. :D
     
  5. willholden3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice. I just want a clean computer and I would feel better if I just got rid of everything so no human on earth could recover it. Just hate knowing porn may be hidden in there somewhere when I get rid of the computer one day.

    I found my install CDs. Will reinstall work if I do it several times? I read anywhere between 7 and 35 times gets rid of everything? Something about disk utility. If I do this, will I then need to install my Iworks CD? That is pretty much all I have. The Mac store did some stuff when I bought it, but I don't know exactly what they did. The Good Guys (company that works with Best Buy) did some stuff to get it ready for me. Not sure what though. I also have a wireless Internet connection.

    Many thanks. I would do the same for others (help them), but I don't know much about computers so I am the one in need of help here.
     
  6. Pika macrumors 68000

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    Make sure your "Block Pop-up windows" is checked.

    I just use Safari Adblock and *poof* gone are those ads. And it uses the block lists from Adblock Plus, so they should block the same ads.
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    If you worry about users that might use your computer in some months/years, if you resell it, the data will be long gone/overwritten.

    And if you'll sell it, you would also do a clean install with wiping the drive several times.

    You really don't need to be afraid for people looking for that stuff, especially if it is years away. Why should they even try? There is enough for them to find on the www.

    Why go through all the hassle, for one little mistake, and as you say, you're not that computer savvy.
    You have to setup everything again, account, network, applications, preferences,...
     

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