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Title: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: Faithbuilders on Thu Jun 15, 2017 - 13:02:52
I bought a used computer, so I don't know all the stuff he may have been into, and I don't want to, nor do I have the time to do a complete format of the hard drive.
My question is, is there a FREE program to detect any, and all p0rn that may be on the computer, and even any p0rn residue left over after he may have delete it?

Thank you.
Title: Re: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: Alan on Thu Jun 15, 2017 - 13:34:43
Are there files on the computer, like .avi, .mpeg, or .mp4 video clips? Pictures, or is it internet history?
Title: Re: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: Texas Conservative on Thu Jun 15, 2017 - 14:02:26
I bought a used computer, so I don't know all the stuff he may have been into, and I don't want to, nor do I have the time to do a complete format of the hard drive.
My question is, is there a FREE program to detect any, and all p0rn that may be on the computer, and even any p0rn residue left over after he may have delete it?

Thank you.

It would be faster to reformat and reinstall.

"Porn residue" could include viruses.
Title: Re: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: Faithbuilders on Fri Jun 16, 2017 - 14:46:16
Are there files on the computer, like .avi, .mpeg, or .mp4 video clips? Pictures, or is it internet history?


That is easy to remove, but my understanding is there is always left-overs even after deleting.
Title: Re: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: Faithbuilders on Fri Jun 16, 2017 - 14:48:48

It would be faster to reformat and reinstall.

"Porn residue" could include viruses.

Yes I know that, but time I'm not so sure about, it takes hrs to format HD, but days, or even weeks to re-install everything. I was hoping for a program to run in the back ground and find stuff, then when it is done, I can remove what I want.
Title: Re: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: Alan on Fri Jun 16, 2017 - 15:24:09
Are there files on the computer, like .avi, .mpeg, or .mp4 video clips? Pictures, or is it internet history?


That is easy to remove, but my understanding is there is always left-overs even after deleting.


You didn't really answer my question but if your concerns are with media files, delete them, empty the recycle bin, and run your AV scan with a full, deep scan. If the files are internet, clear all your browsing history, cookies, auto-complete, etc, etc, etc.
Title: Re: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: Alan on Fri Jun 16, 2017 - 15:32:58

It would be faster to reformat and reinstall.

"Porn residue" could include viruses.

Yes I know that, but time I'm not so sure about, it takes hrs to format HD, but days, or even weeks to re-install everything. I was hoping for a program to run in the back ground and find stuff, then when it is done, I can remove what I want.


Takes 1/2 hour with a USB drive  ::smile:: 

There is no such software that I'm aware of that will sniff out porn specifically, even if there was it wouldn't be able to do much more than you can by manually deleting files. If you're worried about remnants of the files still being on your HDD, they will eventually disappear by the continual writing over of data as a normal function of using your computer. If you're worried about someone seeing them, relax, unless a person was to use low level data recovery software on your isolated disk, it will never be seen again after it is "two step" deleted from Windows.

Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: Texas Conservative on Fri Jun 16, 2017 - 16:12:12
Are there files on the computer, like .avi, .mpeg, or .mp4 video clips? Pictures, or is it internet history?


That is easy to remove, but my understanding is there is always left-overs even after deleting.


You didn't really answer my question but if your concerns are with media files, delete them, empty the recycle bin, and run your AV scan with a full, deep scan. If the files are internet, clear all your browsing history, cookies, auto-complete, etc, etc, etc.

I wouldn't be real comfortable using someone else's computer without a format re-install.

There is garbage littered all over even from programs without worrying about porn, and viruses.

Next best option might be removing most of the programs you don't use from Control Panel  > Programs & Features, and then downloading CCleaner, which can eliminate garbage left on the hard drive and in the registry, but user beware.  This method torched my logitech drivers.
Title: Re: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: Alan on Fri Jun 16, 2017 - 16:22:40
Or use Revo Uninstaller instead of Windows Explorer to get rid of left over files and folders in Program data, App data, and registry items.


https://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html (https://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html)




Title: Re: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: AVZ on Fri Jun 16, 2017 - 22:49:51

It would be faster to reformat and reinstall.

"Porn residue" could include viruses.

Yes I know that, but time I'm not so sure about, it takes hrs to format HD, but days, or even weeks to re-install everything. I was hoping for a program to run in the back ground and find stuff, then when it is done, I can remove what I want.

I would never ever put in use a used computer without doing a complete factory reset.
You have no knowledge what kind of malware, spyware or other software is installed that may leak your personal information.
Title: Re: Finding P0rn on your computer?
Post by: Alan on Sat Jun 17, 2017 - 09:07:29

It would be faster to reformat and reinstall.

"Porn residue" could include viruses.

Yes I know that, but time I'm not so sure about, it takes hrs to format HD, but days, or even weeks to re-install everything. I was hoping for a program to run in the back ground and find stuff, then when it is done, I can remove what I want.

I would never ever put in use a used computer without doing a complete factory reset.
You have no knowledge what kind of malware, spyware or other software is installed that may leak your personal information.


Of course you know that it isn't quite that simple, there isn't a magic "reset button" as with cell phones.


If the previous owner took the time to perform a backup, who knows what was already on the system prior to running the backup.


OEM PCs do not ship with disks or partitions installed anymore, but it may be possible to go to the manufacturers site and download a copy of the OEM OS install disk.


System restore works for OS issues, but it doesn't delete files.


I don't really see a big issue with using an "in service" OS on a used PC, for the novice it's much easier to clean out the unwanted files, folders, and apps than to format C:\