Monday, May 25, 2009

History Patrol Review

Time to review a new product! I just came across this product and thought I would try it out. This product is called History Patrol.

So what is History Patrol? History Patrol is a software program that is designed to clear your computers history. This includes temporary internet files, recent documents lists, etc.

Most of these are tasks you can do on your own. This is why I rarely recommend products that are just computer history cleaners. They generally aren’t worth paying the money for the, since you can do these type of tasks on your own.

But that isn’t going to stop me from trying out History Patrol. So let’s get to it!

I went ahead and downloaded History Patrol. The download was quick and is just 4.1MB. That shouldn’t take too long even on a dial-up connection. The installation was also pretty quick and easy. So now it’s time to open up History Patrol and see how good it is.

Upon loading History Patrol, there are a few different boxes with information. On the left are buttons you can click (Clean System Now, Setup Wizard, User Manual, Refresh Plug-ins, help & support). In the middle is a “Control Panel” with some options which I will go into in a minute. On the right is a long list of plug-ins that History Patrol can delete the history from. There has got to be at least 50 different plug-ins. Nice. Finally, on the bottom right box is a link to the program settings.

Now to describe a bit more the options in the “Control Panel”. The Control Panel lists some of the types of histories you can delete, but it also lists some types of history that you can replace. Now this seems pretty cool. Let me try and explain it. Basically, this feature will replace the history with fake history items, instead of just removing them all together. For instance, if you are at work and you are using the computer to look for new jobs, your boss might catch you. If you deleted your temporary internet files, your boss might become suspicious that the temporary internet files folder is empty. This replace option basically replaces the temporary internet files with fake files. That way it looks like they were never even deleted. Now, your boss doesn’t become suspicious and at the same time your job hunting internet tracks are completely gone. That is pretty cool.

There is not much else to say about the scan itself. It finds your history files and deletes them. Not much to say about that really. It finds all of the usual types of history.

Overall, I’m actually impressed with this program. The main reason I am impressed is because of that cool replace feature. If you are looking to buy a History Cleaner, definitely give History Patrol a try. If you couldn’t care less about the Replace feature, then you might not like this program as much as I did. I guess it’s worth a try either way.

Good luck!

Once more, here is the link.