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can't delete IE history completely



9:46 am on Jun 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I know where to click to delete what's in the address bar, the cookies, the history, etc.

However, there are some website addresses, that just won't dissappear. It's only a handful, but I can't get rid of them.

It's not really that big of a problem (it's been like that for a year, now), but as new website addresses stay there and I can't get rid of them it's kinda starting to bother me a bit.

Let me explain it better:

I can delete everything, that's in the address bar, but when I type in www.g for example www.google.com/searchxyz shows, something i searched for a year ago (its been there ever since). the same happens when i type in www.s for example the name of a site starting with s appears. I don't have bookmarks for them.

Does anyone have an idea? thx!


10:26 am on Jun 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member encyclo is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

It's a bit hidden-away, if you go to Tools > Internet Options, choose the Content tab and you'll see the buttons for clearing the auto-completion. This is for IE6, IE7 may vary slightly.


12:07 pm on Jun 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Im from Germany and all those things are called abit differently, but I think i should find where to clear it. So ill try that later. thx!


4:31 pm on Jun 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I just tried, that and I found my way to auto-completion.

It said it was used for forms and web addresses (they were both marked(exp?)).

Underneath it would have allowed me to clear forms and passwords.

However it only said where i could clear "web addresses"..which is the ordinary way I had already tried using.

Any ideas?

P.S.: the words i used might be a bit different b/c im using a german version, but its only the words i assume.

EDIT: got it now. only had to clear it in the ordinary way again after disabling auto completion for "web addresses" and its fine. thx!

EDIT #2: This is really strange lol. I can unmark(exp?) "web addresses" in the autocompletion-thing and my problem is gone (as nothing is auto-completed anymore in the first place). But if I turn it back on the old addresses and all, that I cant delete out of my browser history are still there. Is there not any way to completely delete them?

[edited by: Makaveli2007 at 4:36 pm (utc) on June 17, 2007]


12:28 am on Jun 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator bill is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

If you followed encyclo's instructions that should have removed the data for you. However, it sounds like your data is a bit more persistent. There is a very good piece of freeware called CCleaner that I've used to remove a lot of unwanted things from Windows machines. You might want to give that a try.


1:32 pm on Jun 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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thx Ill try this ccleaner out.


3:16 am on Jun 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I've found that sometimes you can't delete IE cached files because they are put there by malware. If that is the case, some tricks that might work to get the files gone are

1. Try logging in as an other admin user and find the user's temp folder under documents and settings
2. Try booting the pc in safe mode and using windows exploder.. er explorer to find the files under documents and settings.
3. Try something like Barts PE (Very advanced - you create a disk to boot windows)..


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