Re: clearing history and stored web addresses

From: Jan Il (abuse_at_localhost.com)
Date: 09/18/04


Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 19:33:26 -0700

Hi Binbibi :-)

> I've tried to delete files, delete cookies, clear history
> and clear auto filler and I still get a website that
> autofills. I don't want my kids seeing this but I can't
> seem to erase it. Any suggestions?

How to clear Address Bar History

See here
http://www.xmission.com/~comphope/issues/ch000511.htm

See this section: Instructions for Internet Explorer users
http://www.help2go.com/article58.html

Free History Eraser from
http://smartprotector.com/eraser/free-history-eraser.htm
Deletes the History folder (and the index.dat file). When you reboot, a new
folder is created

Delete History folder manually:
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/delcache.htm

In order to prevent the Autocomplete from working, close all open browser
windows or it will not take effect. Go to Tools | Internet Options | Click
the Content tab. Click the button that says Autocomplete. Uncheck Web
Addresses and all other items you don't want used with Autocomplete.
CAUTION: Be careful clearing passwords, be sure you have them backedup

-----Clear History for Windows XP

Courtesy of LuckyStrike:

Do a Deltree command in DOS:
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/answers_8.htm#deltree

http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/delcache.htm

Follow the instructions to the letter. You will be left with new Index.dat
file of 32 KB, and a newly created History folder. The same will apply if
you go the distance and do a Deltree on TIF and Cookie folders. It is
unnecessary to do that if they are in good working order.

or.....

Clearing Address Suggestions in IE - Per Jim Byrd

Hi Joe - To delete ALL Addresses in the Drop Down list, go here and download
and install Mike Burgess' DelTypedURL.inf at
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/delcache.htm See below for Selective Delete.

You can also get DelSearchMRU.inf at
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/DelSearchMRU.inf

Note: this does not remove entries entered via AutoComplete. To remove
hidden AutoComplete entries in History:
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/delcache.htm#AutoComplete

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure that ALL instances of IE6 are CLOSED before you do
the install of this(these) .inf files.

A nice alternative just for selective or all Address (not Search) history
maintenance is EditURLs, here: http://www.aandrc.com/editurls/ Here also,
you must close ALL instances of IE6 for the deletions to "take".
Recommended.

or...

Clearing the TIF Cache -

Safely Delete the Temporary Internet Files
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/delcache.htm

The temporary I.E. files folder is a cache for web pages that you have
visited. I don't know why Microsoft sets the default so high, but I have
seen 2gb set for storage. This and other setting can be changed to decreace
the size of the storage area, and supposedly delete the I.E. temp file when
you close the browser.

The Cache
http://sweb.uky.edu/~wvang00/sayre/cache.htm

Temporary Internet Files / Cache
http://www.desilva.biz/misc/iecache.html?s=d8d31b07730bc3e8353b5a2246b41f93

Alex Nichol
Temporary means Temporary. Ones in the regular TEMP environmental
variable folders can be cleaned out as soon as the program that uses
them exits. It is advisable not to do this automatically at the
'autoexec' level, because some software installs leave some files
there for use when the system reboots. But I have a 'clean it up'
batch file that I run in the registry HKLM Run key

Ones in Temp Files are only needed should you be likely to go back to
the page. In Internet Options - Settings button I suggest cutting the
space allowed down - say 50 MB is plenty - and leave it to its own
devices.

also.............

TIF & Cookies Information -

Alex Nichol
TIF and Cookies are in quite separate physical folders.

But in XP if you open TIF either direct in Explorer or via the TIF
Settings button - 'view files' in Internet Options, the contents of
Cookies is included. They are not deleted though if you use the
'Delete files' in Internet Options - there is a separate Delete
Cookies button.

(Aside - the above Delete Files and Delete Cookies buttons are also in
the IE6 and IE SP1 on the Tools | Internet Options | General tab)

Mike Maltby
For those using Outlook Express it is however essential that the
Temporary Internet Files, including "All offline content" be
periodically emptied as OE dumps two files in TIF for each message displayed
regardless of whether it is html or plain text. For those working
newsgroups the number of these
files can rapidly build up. This behaviour started with IE5.5 and
remains in the latest RC2 version of IE6.

Alex Nichol
I don't usually use outlook express. But have just experimented,
emptying TIF and then using OE (XP SP2 RC2) to get in the daily SPAM
on my spam trap address, look at one or two in plain text and connect
to the BING newsgroups and look at a few messages there (both preview
and launch into their own windows), and I could not find any
indication of any new file when I went back to look in TIF after
closing OE

Wesley Vogel
When you empty the Temporary Internet Files folder in Internet
Explorer, files that start with the word "Cookie" may remain in the
folder.

These files are pointers to the actual cookies that are located in
the Windows\Cookies folder. To retain the association between these
pointers and the actual cookie files, they are not deleted when you
empty the Temporary Internet Files folder. However, if you manually
delete a cookie file from the Temporary Internet Files folder, both
the pointer to the Cookies folder and the cookie file located in the
Cookies folder are deleted.

Sandi Hardmeier
This may help explain...
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/answers3.htm#Cache

Wesley Vogel
Safely Delete the Temporary Internet Files
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/delcache.htm
clear out temporary files and delete cookies.
http://www.pchell.com/support/privacy.shtml
Computer Health
http://www.aumha.org/a/health.php#tip6

Alex Nichol
Temporary means Temporary. Ones in the regular TEMP environmental
variable folders can be cleaned out as soon as the program that uses
them exits. It is advisable not to do this automatically at the
'autoexec' level, because some software installs leave some files
there for use when the system reboots. But I have a 'clean it up'
batch file that I run in the registry HKLM Run key

Ones in Temp Files are only needed should you be likely to go back to
the page. In Internet Options - Settings button I suggest cutting the
space allowed down - say 50 MB is plenty - and leave it to its own
devices.

Deleting Cookies ................

I get an error saying my browser is not set to accept cookies, but it is!
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/answers.htm#cookies

Recreating the cache, history and cookie folders when corrupted
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/answers_8.htm#deltree

See http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/answers.htm#cookies and
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/answers_8.htm#deltree

If these steps do not resolve your problem, please post back to this thread
with the details and any error messages.

Hope this helps

Jan :)
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