Does IE 6 auto delete ur browsing history? I couldn't find sumthing i was browsing yesterday & history gone 2.

Posted on 2008-10-25
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I could not locate a browser i was viewing only a day ago. When i tried to locate it from yesterday's history, i found out that everything had already been wiped out. I can be sure that i did not accidently or knowingly deleted any history. I'm curious to know if IE 6 does automatically delete your browsing history as early as one day back? Or is there a virus or some sort that did it?
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ID: 22806198
Hello gechoon,

yes, IE6 can delete your History as early as 1 day back.  In IE, go to Tools > Internet Options > General tab. Under History, if select 0, History will be delete in a day.  So set the number of days that you want to keep History. Click OK. Restart IE.

If no joy, a security program can delete History on restart of computer.  CClearner, antivirus, antispyware, firewall, and other security programs can delete history.

Hope this helps!

Author Comment

ID: 22806224
Hi war1,

Thanks for your help. However, i did check to see if my history was selected for 20 days and it was indeed for 20 days. Which is why i am suspecting if there was a virus or some sort that deleted the history.

Anyway, is there a way that i can relocate the deleted histories? I really wanna relocate a very umportant source.
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The file is likely deleted.   Try going to C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\History folder and look for missing URL.  You have to unhide hidden folders to see the files.  
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Author Comment

ID: 22806266
Hi war1,

Thank you so much! Amazingly it really was there. Thanks again!
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Expert Comment

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gechoon, glad you found the URL.  Would you close the question by accepting one of the comments above?

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