Pros Erases all traces of your computer activities, including Internet tracks, instant messaging logs, file sharing activities, recently opened files, and streaming videos. Securely shreds files. Exceeds Department of Defense 5220-22M standard.
Cons You can’t exclude specific files from future scans.
Verdict The best way of stopping snoopers discover your computer secrets.
Privacy Controls full review
Protects you from snoopers — Privacy Controls makes sure what you do with your computer is nobody’s business but your own. It’s like giving snoopers the finger.
Removes all traces of your computer activities — It erases the list of recently open files. Plus Microsoft Office documents, email trash, media player files, instant messaging logs, file sharing activities… the whole nine yards.
Erases your Internet tracks — Been visiting websites you don’t want others to know about? No problem. Because Privacy Controls will scrub every last trace, including Web searches, temporary files, streaming videos, cookies… everything. Even those sneaky and persistent Flash cookies.
Erases files to Department of Defense standard — Privacy Controls doesn’t just delete files — it overwrites the files with random data. This technique guarantees that they cannot be recovered. You can choose between 1, 3, or 7 overwrite passes. (The Department of Defense 5220-22M standard for the secure deletion of electronic data is 3 overwrite passes.)
Securely shreds files — You can also shred individual files. The shredder removes all traces of the files, so there will be no evidence that they ever existed. It also warns you if you’re about to delete a file that’s critical to the functioning of your computer (so you won’t accidentally cripple it).
Helps keep your computer free of junk — Temporary files can take up a huge amount of hard disk space. In fact, it’s not unusual to have 100s of megabytes of crap. So deleting them regularly will help keep your computer running efficiently. And you may even notice a bit of a boost in performance.
Protects your privacy every day — It includes a scheduler, which you can set to run every day. In fact, you can set it to scan every hour of every day, if you want. And you can set it to automatically clean files after scanning. So you can “set it and forget it” and it’ll keep protecting your privacy automatically.
You can’t exclude specific files — Although you can choose to exclude file types from future scans, you can’t exclude individual files — for example, a login cookie.
If you wanna stop your partner, friends, boss, colleagues, or anyone else from discovering what you do with your computer, then you need Privacy Controls.
Requirements: Windows® 8, 7 (32-bit & 64-bit), Vista (32-bit & 64-bit), or XP (32-bit).