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Can I prevent people from deleting browsing history?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by pete0018, Aug 9, 2009.

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  1. pete0018

    pete0018 Thread Starter

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    Hi!
    Sometimes my computer randomly deletes all browsing history - I don't know if it does it on it's own or someone else is deleting it...
    Does anybody know if it would be able to do it on its own, or can you please tell me how to disable the delete browsing history or at least give it a password.
    I've read other places to look under gpedit.msc...but that doesn't come up when I search for it...so can you please tell me how I can access that or another way to do it?
    Any ideas would be much appreciated!
    Thanks! :)
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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    You or someone else may have installed a cleaner such as "CCleaner" and set it to automatically delete history and cache on boot up.

    Also, browser itself can be set to delete browsing history on closing or not to save it -- check to see that that is not the case.

    Also look under "settings" in the same place to see how long you have it set to keep history.

    In Internet Explorer open Tools > Internet Options and see that "delete browsing history" on exit is not checked.

    If you think someone else is doing this, and others use your computer -- your User Account should be password protected so that noone else can log into it.

    This is a good practice in any case.

    You must configure this through User Accounts in the Control Panel. Be sure to make a password reset file and store it on a thumbdrive in case you forget it.
     
  3. pete0018

    pete0018 Thread Starter

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    I dont see an option for 'delete browsing history on exit' when i go to tools-internet options...and it is set to save for 40 days...
    How can i tell if there is a CCleaner?
    The only other person using the computer is my boyfriend; who is not tech savvy and barely knows how to log into his own email...
    Do you know anything about this gpedit.msc that the other things said to use?
    Thanks!
     
  4. Curly

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    CCleaner is located at C:\Program Files\CCleaner\CCleaner.exe by default. If that does not exist, try using the Windows Search feature for the application's executible file CCleaner.exe itself.

    gpedit.msc is the Microsoft Management Console snap-in that is used to edit Group Policy.
     
  5. Rollin' Rog

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    Gpedit is only available on the Business and Ultimate editions of Vista I believe.

    My guess here, pardon me, is that your boyfriend is deleting his own browsing history, which of course includes yours when he does it.

    Your best bet if you want to let him use your computer is to create a separate account for him -- and do NOT give him administrative rights. Require a password for your own account.

    IE8 also has a "stealth" privacy mode for browsing that is session specific, so you might want to aquaint him with that.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2008/08/25/ie8-and-privacy.aspx



    I assumed you had IE when I replied, see attachement for location of "delete on exit"
     

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