Copy Internet History to a different location when a user selects to delete it

Posted on 2007-10-16
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Last Modified: 2013-12-08
We have a pc at work whicj isnt connected into the network but is connected to the internet - the pc is constantly getting virus's and having to be re-build. Effectively I know it is because certain 'dodgey' sites are being visited. All the users know how to clear the intenet history and naytime it happens there is nothing in the history folder. What i need is a way to copy the internet history folder just before its deleted so as i can find out whats happening.
Does nayone know of a way to copy the history folder before it is cleared?
Question by:William_Conway
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Why not just lock the history down so it can't be deleted? This can be done as follows:

Disable changing IE history settings

1. Start | Run. Type gpedit.msc.
2. In the Group Policy window, go to User configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Internet Explorer.
3. In the right-hand window, select Disable changing history settings.
4. Select Enabled.
5. Save your settings and reboot.

Author Comment

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There are a few ways i can do it - i could also disable the clear setting button or general tab in the registry. I will use one of these as a backup if i cant get it working through the copy method - but the preferred way would be to copy the history folder before it is deleted silently. If a user does visit a site they shouldnt and then realises there is a trail they are going to come up with a way to wipe it or damage it while trying which will resullt in more work for me. This is why I'd prefer them not to notice anything has happened. Unfortunatly I work in a environement where users would see this as a challenge.
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souseran earned 750 total points
ID: 20087207
Ah. Well then, since it lives here in the registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs

maybe you could do a concurrent export of that registry key as they delete. I imagine a script could accomplish that, but now you're in the realm of programming, not one of my skills.

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