Google Desktop Search Tool: How to Delete Your Index and History

Posted October 14, 2004 by MickeyMouse in Google

Google Desktop search tool is great, but it can sometimes perform too well! If the tool indexes something you do not want, here is how to get rid of it.

You can use Google to search all the files on your computer. You can download it here:

You can find all the files on your computer with a quick search. However, this means that anybody who is using your computer can do a quick search and access your files containing private information.

There are ways to hide certain directories from Google that are easy enough; however, manually deleting things from a Google search is not easy.

Here is the best way to handle this.

You can start by deleting the index. Delete all the files in this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop Search
(where username is your actual username)

This will delete your entire Google Desktop search index. After you do it, you will find nothing in your Google search. Uninstall and reinstall the desktop tool.

Next, set your directories that you do not want Google to search.

That way, you can set your “pron” directory to “do not search,” and all your pron will not be indexed.

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  • P. Grimps

    Does deleting files from google desktop also delete them from other files (ie word, etc.)?

  • Mohit

    Hey can you tell the procedure to do the same in linux..

  • Babrakadabra

    Thanks!!! 🙂

  • osama

    i cant seem to find tht file u said to go to on my computer, can u guide me please

  • Kath

    I can’t find the local settings folder… Is it hidden? Can you tell me how to find it?

  • mac

    What about for a Mac?

  • Ed Callahan

    Yes, What about for a Mac? I tried to get into the folder and it says “could not be opened because you do not have sufficient privileges.” I am logged in as Administrator and the files (index) does belong to me. What now?

  • Anonymous

    I have followed the above, and deleted all fh1, ch1 etc files, plus deleted a number of indexes as well. Are these indexes now permanently deleted? i.e. if someone goes on the PC, uninstalls google desktop and then downloads it again, will these indexes still be deleted?

    Or is the only permanent way of deleting all history to reformat the hard disk?

  • Anonymous

    it’s not that simple.i get this prompt,`this file cannot be deleted because it is being used by another person or programme`.

  • Thank you worked great.

    For the paranoid crowd, Eraser can truly erase them. And it’s free.

  • Azhar

    Hi. I’m running out of disk space on my C. But I have plenty on my other partition and secondary hard drive. How I can set Google Desktop to store the index on any directory that I want?


  • Mobile App Development

    Hey can you tell the procedure to do the same in linux..