James Hayes asks: I have downloaded several free programs for cleaning web surfing history, including AbsoluteShield and NetCleaner. These programs appear to leave Firefox/Google history untouched. Are there any reliable programs (not necessarily free) that will be effective on Internet Explorer and Firefox?
Unlike IE, Firefox will fully obey a request to delete the cache, surfing and download histories and cookies. Thus there is little market for Firefox privacy extensions other than to manage cookies.
IE, on the other hand, appears to obey, but retains permanent copies in places that are difficult for the average user to discover. Furthermore, having discovered their whereabouts, the average user would find it difficult to delete them permanently. Hence the market for IE privacy tools.
I use the free tool CCleaner, as this is effective for both IE and Firefox. I have found it very useful.