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vb.net WebBrowser control - using InPrivate browsing

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Hi,
I have a relatively simple vb.net app that uses a WebBrowser control. I'd like to be able to make the browser control operate "In Private" (as IE8 calls it) so that no permanent record of activity is stored. Is this achievable, and if so how?

Cheers,

Andy.
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cubaman_24 earned 250 total points
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Hello:
As web browser control was released with .net 2.0 and "private navigation"  is a new feature, I don't think it's available.
But you can clear the browser cache once you're done with it ;-)

Best regards
using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

namespace DefaultNamespace
{
    // Class for deleting the cache.
    class DeleteCache
    {
        // For PInvoke: Contains information about an entry in the Internet cache
        [StructLayout(LayoutKind.Explicit, Size=80)]
        public struct INTERNET_CACHE_ENTRY_INFOA
        {
            [FieldOffset(0)]  public uint dwStructSize;
            [FieldOffset(4)]  public IntPtr lpszSourceUrlName;
            [FieldOffset(8)]  public IntPtr lpszLocalFileName;
            [FieldOffset(12)] public uint CacheEntryType;
            [FieldOffset(16)] public uint dwUseCount;
            [FieldOffset(20)] public uint dwHitRate;
            [FieldOffset(24)] public uint dwSizeLow;
            [FieldOffset(28)] public uint dwSizeHigh;
            [FieldOffset(32)] public FILETIME LastModifiedTime;
            [FieldOffset(40)] public FILETIME ExpireTime;
            [FieldOffset(48)] public FILETIME LastAccessTime;
            [FieldOffset(56)] public FILETIME LastSyncTime;
            [FieldOffset(64)] public IntPtr lpHeaderInfo;
            [FieldOffset(68)] public uint dwHeaderInfoSize;
            [FieldOffset(72)] public IntPtr lpszFileExtension;
            [FieldOffset(76)] public uint dwReserved;
            [FieldOffset(76)] public uint dwExemptDelta;
        }

        // For PInvoke: Initiates the enumeration of the cache groups in the Internet cache
        [DllImport(@"wininet",
            SetLastError=true,
            CharSet=CharSet.Auto,
            EntryPoint="FindFirstUrlCacheGroup",
            CallingConvention=CallingConvention.StdCall)]
        public static extern IntPtr FindFirstUrlCacheGroup(
            int dwFlags,
            int dwFilter,
            IntPtr lpSearchCondition,
            int dwSearchCondition,
            ref long lpGroupId,
            IntPtr lpReserved);

        // For PInvoke: Retrieves the next cache group in a cache group enumeration
        [DllImport(@"wininet",
            SetLastError=true,
            CharSet=CharSet.Auto,
            EntryPoint="FindNextUrlCacheGroup",
            CallingConvention=CallingConvention.StdCall)]
        public static extern bool FindNextUrlCacheGroup(
            IntPtr hFind,
            ref long lpGroupId,
            IntPtr lpReserved);

        // For PInvoke: Releases the specified GROUPID and any associated state in the cache index file
        [DllImport(@"wininet", 
            SetLastError=true, 
            CharSet=CharSet.Auto, 
            EntryPoint="DeleteUrlCacheGroup", 
            CallingConvention=CallingConvention.StdCall)]
        public static extern bool DeleteUrlCacheGroup(
            long GroupId,
            int dwFlags,
            IntPtr lpReserved);

        // For PInvoke: Begins the enumeration of the Internet cache
        [DllImport(@"wininet",
            SetLastError=true,
            CharSet=CharSet.Auto,
            EntryPoint="FindFirstUrlCacheEntryA",
            CallingConvention=CallingConvention.StdCall)]
        public static extern IntPtr FindFirstUrlCacheEntry(
            [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.LPTStr)] string lpszUrlSearchPattern,
            IntPtr lpFirstCacheEntryInfo,
            ref int lpdwFirstCacheEntryInfoBufferSize);

        // For PInvoke: Retrieves the next entry in the Internet cache
        [DllImport(@"wininet",
            SetLastError=true,
            CharSet=CharSet.Auto,
            EntryPoint="FindNextUrlCacheEntryA",
            CallingConvention=CallingConvention.StdCall)]
        public static extern bool FindNextUrlCacheEntry(
            IntPtr hFind,
            IntPtr lpNextCacheEntryInfo,
            ref int lpdwNextCacheEntryInfoBufferSize);

        // For PInvoke: Removes the file that is associated with the source name from the cache, if the file exists
        [DllImport(@"wininet",
            SetLastError=true,
            CharSet=CharSet.Auto,
            EntryPoint="DeleteUrlCacheEntryA",
            CallingConvention=CallingConvention.StdCall)]
        public static extern bool DeleteUrlCacheEntry(
            IntPtr lpszUrlName);

        [STAThread]
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            // Indicates that all of the cache groups in the user's system should be enumerated
            const int CACHEGROUP_SEARCH_ALL = 0x0;
            // Indicates that all the cache entries that are associated with the cache group
            // should be deleted, unless the entry belongs to another cache group.
            const int CACHEGROUP_FLAG_FLUSHURL_ONDELETE = 0x2;
            // File not found.
            const int ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND = 0x2;
            // No more items have been found.
            const int ERROR_NO_MORE_ITEMS = 259;
            // Pointer to a GROUPID variable
            long groupId = 0;

            // Local variables
            int cacheEntryInfoBufferSizeInitial = 0;
            int cacheEntryInfoBufferSize = 0;
            IntPtr cacheEntryInfoBuffer = IntPtr.Zero;
            INTERNET_CACHE_ENTRY_INFOA internetCacheEntry;
            IntPtr enumHandle = IntPtr.Zero;
            bool returnValue = false;

            // Delete the groups first.
            // Groups may not always exist on the system.
            // For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
            // http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/?url=/workshop/networking/wininet/overview/cache.asp			
            // By default, a URL does not belong to any group. Therefore, that cache may become
            // empty even when the CacheGroup APIs are not used because the existing URL does not belong to any group.			
            enumHandle = FindFirstUrlCacheGroup(0, CACHEGROUP_SEARCH_ALL, IntPtr.Zero, 0, ref groupId, IntPtr.Zero);
            // If there are no items in the Cache, you are finished.
            if (enumHandle != IntPtr.Zero && ERROR_NO_MORE_ITEMS == Marshal.GetLastWin32Error())
                return;

            // Loop through Cache Group, and then delete entries.
            while(true)
            {
                // Delete a particular Cache Group.
                returnValue = DeleteUrlCacheGroup(groupId, CACHEGROUP_FLAG_FLUSHURL_ONDELETE, IntPtr.Zero);
                if (!returnValue && ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND == Marshal.GetLastWin32Error())
                {	
                    returnValue = FindNextUrlCacheGroup(enumHandle, ref groupId, IntPtr.Zero);
                }

                if (!returnValue && (ERROR_NO_MORE_ITEMS == Marshal.GetLastWin32Error() || ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND == Marshal.GetLastWin32Error()))
                    break;
            }

            // Start to delete URLs that do not belong to any group.
            enumHandle = FindFirstUrlCacheEntry(null, IntPtr.Zero, ref cacheEntryInfoBufferSizeInitial);
            if (enumHandle == IntPtr.Zero && ERROR_NO_MORE_ITEMS == Marshal.GetLastWin32Error())
                return;

            cacheEntryInfoBufferSize = cacheEntryInfoBufferSizeInitial;
            cacheEntryInfoBuffer = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(cacheEntryInfoBufferSize);
            enumHandle = FindFirstUrlCacheEntry(null, cacheEntryInfoBuffer, ref cacheEntryInfoBufferSizeInitial);

            while(true)
            {
                internetCacheEntry = (INTERNET_CACHE_ENTRY_INFOA)Marshal.PtrToStructure(cacheEntryInfoBuffer, typeof(INTERNET_CACHE_ENTRY_INFOA));		

                cacheEntryInfoBufferSizeInitial = cacheEntryInfoBufferSize;
                returnValue = DeleteUrlCacheEntry(internetCacheEntry.lpszSourceUrlName);				
                if (!returnValue)
                {	
                    returnValue = FindNextUrlCacheEntry(enumHandle, cacheEntryInfoBuffer, ref cacheEntryInfoBufferSizeInitial);
                }
                if (!returnValue && ERROR_NO_MORE_ITEMS == Marshal.GetLastWin32Error())
                {
                    break;
                }			
                if (!returnValue && cacheEntryInfoBufferSizeInitial > cacheEntryInfoBufferSize)
                {
                    cacheEntryInfoBufferSize = cacheEntryInfoBufferSizeInitial;
                    cacheEntryInfoBuffer = Marshal.ReAllocHGlobal(cacheEntryInfoBuffer, (IntPtr) cacheEntryInfoBufferSize);
                    returnValue = FindNextUrlCacheEntry(enumHandle, cacheEntryInfoBuffer, ref cacheEntryInfoBufferSizeInitial);					
                }
            }
            Marshal.FreeHGlobal(cacheEntryInfoBuffer);		
        }
    }
}

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by:andycrellin
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Time they updated the webBrowser component :-)

Thanks for your response cubaman, and thanks for the cache clearing class.

Cheers,

Andy.
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