Clean Up Your Internet Tracks
Internet Cleanup 3.0 can make your usage patterns virtually invisible.Internet Cleanup 3.0 ($29.99 list) deletesand shredsalmost anything on your system that might reveal what you do. The software can eliminate your cookies, history, cache, and recent documentseven wipe out your entire C drive if you want. The products most unusual feature is its ability to list and delete ActiveX controls and browser plug-ins. Statistics on these items and more display when you first launch the program (the delay caused by the necessary system scan might annoy impatient types). Version 3.0 works with AOL 7.0 and 8.0; Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 and later; and MSN Explorer 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0. Users of Netscape, Opera, and other browsers must stick with version 2.0. We tested Internet Cleanup with IE 6. BrowserGuard, the most important addition to version 3.0, blocks banner ads, Web bugs, pop-ups, and cookies. Once you activate the feature, a button appears on the toolbar. Clicking this button opens a window that lists the blocked Web bugs and ads. If youre curious about what youre missing, you can highlight an item and click the Details button. A trace option will do a Whois lookup for you.
BrowserGuard doesnt work perfectly. It doesnt block all banner ads, and its blocking of Web bugs can cause some pages to display incorrectly. For example, if you view the PC Magazine discussion area with Web bugs blocked, youll see either the thread list on the left or the messages on the right, but not both. Half the page will be blank.