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Is there a way to view HISTORY files after they've been deleted?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by blackberrybunny, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. blackberrybunny

    blackberrybunny Thread Starter

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    Would like to know if there is a way to view deleted history files from IE6?

    ALSO, is there a way to hide/disable the clear history button/feature under Internet Options on IE6?
     
  2. mknott

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    sounds like somone looking at websites there not ment to :D

    im not sure on th answer to this one but i do know that any file deleted can be undeleted with the correct software and know how unless the file is over wrote
     
  3. blackberrybunny

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    Yep, you got that right.

    Can somebody help me? Software suggestions, maybe?
     
  4. lemondrop

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    Can't think of any software which would be anywhere near cost effective to try and find a deleted history.

    Have you checked tools/internet options/general tab/settings/view files?

    If the user deleting the history doesn't clean this out you can get the internet path off any file in there.
     
  5. Nigelum

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    Recovery software might not work, because the history is constantly getting re-written.

    As far as deleting the "clear history" button, your best bet is to disable the "internet options" in your "tools" menu, through group policies, or through third party software. Keep in mind that if you use group policies, it will affect all the accounts on the machine.

    1. Go to "Run" on your "Start" menu
    2. Type "MMC" in the text box and click "Ok"
    3. Under "File", click "Add/Remove snap-in"
    4. Another window will pop up and you will click "Add" at the bottom
    5. You will have a window pop up that will have things that you can add...look for "Group Policies"
    6. When you click on it, you will be asked if you want to use this policy on "Local Computer" (or something like that), click "Ok"
    7. Click "Finish"
    8. Click "Close" on your snap-in window
    9. Click "OK"
    10. You will see an explorer type window. You will need to navigate to a directory called "Administrative tenplates"...there you will find your options to remove buttons and menus from IE, and various other stuff from your system. After you make your changes, you will have to "save" your consol.

    Remember to read your explanations before you tweek anything.
     
  6. trickyt

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    Everything, all deleted files all visited websites, in fact every file you ever created is in the hidden C:/recycler folder or one of its sub-directories (also hidden). This is so even if you have emptied your recycle bin, and written all over your disk.
     
  7. Funkmeister

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    Not quite so, Tricky - a quick check of mine shows it to be empty. There IS a permanent record, but it is located in the ntuser.dat file.

    This file is nigh on impossible to find and open as it is a core system file and therefore doesn't like to be found and read. Interesting comments on it may be found at http://www.f*ckmicrosoft.com/content/ms-hidden-files.shtml.

    Please excuse the bad language in the URL - you will need to make the obvious amendment, but the reading is definitely enlightening. Sadly it's also probably tame conpared to a breaktime in the average school playground anyway..

    Happy hunting, and back something up before you go changing any files people!

    Best,
     
  8. trickyt

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    The files in the Recycler folder are in sub folders and very well hidden.

    The only way to get to them is through DOS and using the DIR /ah switch.
     
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  10. blackberrybunny

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    Wow, thanks for all of the help and tips!

    I am going to look into third party software first. Thanks so much!
     
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