Clean up the MRU listings using MRU Blaster

Most Recently Used (MRU) lists contain information such as the names and/or locations of the last files you have accessed. This information is mostly stored in the registry, but some applications still store the MRU in ini files. The MRU registry location depends upon the software which stores the entries in it's own registry key. This table will give you an idea about the registry locations and MRU lists.

MRU-Blaster is a program made to do one large task - detect and clean MRU (most recently used) lists on your computer. - Approx. 30,345 MRU items can be cleared using MRU-Blaster (3/28/2004). Download MRU-Blaster

Configure, and Scan

Install MRU-Blaster and run it it. From the main screen, click Settings. Deselect the MRU items that you don't want to remove. Once done, save settings and go back to the main screen. Similarly go to the Plugins section and configure the Cookies and Temporary Internet Files settings accordingly.


Click Scan from the main screen. Once the Scan results are displayed, you can click Clean Now to clear the list. For deselecting items from the Scan results, click Show Results button.

Methods to schedule a MRU cleanup

Use the Scheduler program supplied with MRU-Blaster.

Use the Windows XP Task Scheduler to cleanup the MRU

MRU-Blaster supports -silent command-line argument which cleans the MRU lists without displaying it's window. This command-line argument is useful for Scheduling Tasks in Windows.

"C:\Program Files\MRU-Blaster\MRUBlaster.exe" -silent

This method does not invoke MRU-Blaster's Scheduler.exe, and does not sit in the Notification area.