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Q: Search history ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   5 Comments )
Subject: Search history
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: tony-ga
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Posted: 24 Nov 2003 16:08 PST
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Question ID: 280209
How can I erase the search history, i.e., the list of web sites I have visited?
Subject: Re: Search history
Answered By: omniscientbeing-ga on 24 Nov 2003 16:23 PST
Rated:3 out of 5 stars

If you are using MS Internet Explorer (IE), here are the steps to take
to clear your browser history:

1. Open MS Internet Explorer
2. From the menu, select Tools-->Internet Options
3. Near the bottom of the window, click the "Clear History" button. 
4. A message box will apepar asking you to confirm that you do indeed
wish to have Windows delete your history of visited web sites. Click
5. Click the "OK" button at the bottom of the Window.
6. Close Internet Explorer

This deletes (erases) the list of websites you have visited using that browser.  

Also, note that in the Tools-->Internet Options dialog box, you can
set the number of days for your viewed internet pages to remain in the
history. In other words, if you set the value for "Days to keep pages
in History" to = "2" then the history will be cleared automatically by
Windows after 2 days, so you don't have to remember to do it. This
value can be set to "0".

Also, in in the Tools-->Internet Options dialog box, you may
optionally Delete Files, which clears your computer of any cached
internet pages.

Google search strategy:


"clearing history MS Internet Explorer"

I hope this helps. 

Let me know if you are using an internet browser other than MS
Internet Explorer and I'll provide you with instructions specific to
that browser in a Clarification .

Good luck in continuing your inquiries!


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Request for Answer Clarification by tony-ga on 25 Nov 2003 07:56 PST
Thank you for your quick response to my "how to erase search history"
question. I have done all that you suggested, but every time I access
Google, I still get a pop-up of all the web sites I have visited. Any
way to eliminate that?

Clarification of Answer by omniscientbeing-ga on 25 Nov 2003 08:59 PST

Can you confirm for me at this time what operating system and internet
browser you are using? For example, Are you using MS Windows XP or
what? For the browser, is it MS Internet Explorer? Which version? (To
see which version you have, open the broswer, from the menu select
Help-->About, and it will list the version).

Once I know this I can proceed.


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Request for Answer Clarification by tony-ga on 25 Nov 2003 09:17 PST
Thanks again for your quick response. I am using Windows XP and MS
Internet Explorer, version 6.0.2800.  I have deleted files, using
"Internet Options" menu and I have set the "Days to keep pages in
history to zero" and still I get the pop-ups of my history every time
I click on to Google. It's like the BO smell on Seinfeld, it just
won't go away.

Request for Answer Clarification by tony-ga on 25 Nov 2003 09:32 PST
I also use Yahoo from time to time, and there too the system saves the
websites I have entered from Yahoo, which are not the same as the ones
I have entered from Google. I call this "Search history" because
that's really what it is, but there might well be another name for
this feature.
I don't think it is the same feature that WORD has which finishes, for
example, "Tuesday" when you enter "Tu". This has to be comi9ng from
the browser.

Clarification of Answer by omniscientbeing-ga on 25 Nov 2003 09:51 PST
Okay, at this time we need to do two things. This "pop-up" on Google
and Yahoo must be a separate feature, and not your actual search
history of the browser.

1. Could you confirm though, that after you visit some websites, close
your browser and re-open it, that the regular browser history is
indeed clear?

2. Then, when the pop-ups come, can you note for me exactly what they
say in the title bar? Sometimes they have a little message at the
bottom indicating what company they're from. Write down exactly what
it says.


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Request for Answer Clarification by tony-ga on 25 Nov 2003 10:28 PST
When I am working in Google, for example, and I go to a website such
as "Marriott Vacation Club", the system will save "Marriott Vacation
Club" and file it alphabetically. When I reopen Google and click on
the information bar I get the complete alphabetized list of site that
I have ever visited. If I select one of them, I get in the title bar
<://>. Subsitute "Yahoo' for "google" and the same
thing happens when using Yahoo.

Clarification of Answer by omniscientbeing-ga on 25 Nov 2003 10:38 PST
"the system will save "Marriott Vacation
Club" and file it alphabetically"

Where exactly does it save it? And, are you using any custom
"toolbars" such as the Google toolbar, the Yahoo! toolbar or any other
3rd party toolbar? In other words, on your web browser, is there an
extra "menu" at the top of the window? If so, right-click your mouse
and disable that toolbat by unchecking its box or selecting "Remove."

Let me know what happens.

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Request for Answer Clarification by tony-ga on 25 Nov 2003 10:55 PST
When I go to Google or Yahoo, the window opens with a line to type in
the thing you are looking for. When I click on that line, the "Google
Search" and the "Feeling Lucky" buttons disappear and in their place
appears the search history of every site I have ever visited. There
are no extra toolbars that I am aware of.

Clarification of Answer by omniscientbeing-ga on 25 Nov 2003 11:14 PST
Are you sure it says nothing in the pop-up windows itself to indicate
what it is? No company IKD, or brand name of some kind either in the
title bar, or maybe a "Help" link or anyhting at all?

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Clarification of Answer by omniscientbeing-ga on 25 Nov 2003 11:15 PST
YOu might also try going to COntrol Panel--> Add Remove Programs-->and
scroll through the list of programs to see if there's somehting
unfamiliar you didn't install yourself that could be it.

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tony3-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
It took a few days and many clarifications, but I think we have
finally figured out an answer to my question. Thank you.

Subject: Re: Search history
From: symbol_huang-ga on 25 Nov 2003 05:11 PST
Subject: Re: Search history
From: omniscientbeing-ga on 25 Nov 2003 09:02 PST
Also, let's confirm what we're talking about. Is this "search history"
only present when you visit Google, or is it in fact in your browser?
Perhaps it could be the Windows "auto-complete" feature, where once
you start typing a letter, it automatically completes recently entered
terms on its own.

Let me know.


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Subject: Re: Search history
From: pinkfreud-ga on 25 Nov 2003 10:32 PST
It might help to turn off the search history in the Google Toolbar.
Subject: Re: Search history
From: arsenic-ga on 25 Nov 2003 16:52 PST
Sounds like the Autocomplete omniscientbeing-ga mentioned; try this:


This is not done by Google itself, but by a feature of Internet
Explorer called AutoComplete. Here are instruction for turning off

Go to the Tools menu. 

Select Internet Options. 

Select the Content tab. 

Within the Personal Information area, select 'AutoComplete'. 

Click on 'Clear Forms'. You can also uncheck the 'Forms' box in the
same window to keep this information from being stored in the future.

Alternatively, you can delete individual entries from your search
history by using the down arrow key to select a previous search, then
pressing the Delete key once an unwanted search is highlighted.

-Written by Pinkfreud-ga in this answer:
Subject: Re: Search history
From: finalanswer-ga on 23 Mar 2004 02:20 PST
This is "expert" advice in the Internet category?  You mean you're
actually being PAID for this?!? Yikes.

If you didn't figure out this was an AutoComplete issue based on the
first clarification alone, the only category you're qualified to
advise in is Computers/Internet/Ripping People Off.

Sorry to be harsh . . . but really? Autocomplete?

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