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How to Delete Display URL

How to Delete Display URL

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Why Internet Explorer Completes URL Addresses For You
Repeatedly typing in the same URL over and over again can become a bind. In a bid to make user’s lives a little easier, Microsoft came up with the idea of auto completing the URL within your address bar for any sites that you have previously visited. In most cases, this is a fairly handy tool and not only cuts down on the time you spend typing in sometimes long winded website addresses but can help you remember URLs that you might have otherwise forgotten. Generally speaking, Internet Explorer uses the history that can be viewed in the pull down menu next to the address bar in your browser. The number of sites that appear in here will be determined by your personal settings.

The Problem With Auto Completion
Of course, as with many solutions, this idea presented its own problem. The history of sites visited can be viewed by anyone that uses your computer and even collected by spyware applications. This is far from ideal in many cases. Whether you want to protect your privacy from prying eyes that sit in front of your computer or those that sit in other houses, your Internet history is a big part of any privacy concerns you probably have.

Clearing Internet History And Recently Visited Sites
Clearing the recently visited sites, or Internet history, theoretically removes these problems but in practice this may not necessarily be the case. Sometimes, certain URLs will continue to show up as an auto complete suggestion even when you believe you have completely cleared your history of recently visited sites. In some cases these URLs can still appear weeks, months, or even years after you may have actually visited the page in question. There are several reasons this might happen and various way to fix the problem.

Spyware And Viruses
In a lot of cases, the sites or pages that are displayed by these URLs are not ideal for family viewing. Whether you have visited these pages off your own searches or whether they have appeared as popups, or for any reason, they can cause embarrassment and very awkward questions. Clearing your history doesn’t always remove them and this could mean that you have spyware or a virus. The most common solution to this problem is to use an anti-spyware or anti-virus application to help clean your computer of any undesirable settings, files, and applications. This may not herald the end of your problems, however.

Cleaning Up After A Spyware Or Virus Infection
The problem with spyware and viruses is that once they have been removed they still tend to leave evidence of their existence. In some cases this can mean a recurrence of the software or corruption itself while in others it can mean corrupt files or registry entries. Either way, the problem of being unable to delete the display URL in your browser might not disappear despite your best security efforts. In this case you should run a registry cleaner. Registry cleaners search through all registry entries for any missing, duplicate, or corrupt entries. Once found, the cleaner will then offer you the option to resolve any existing problems.

Clearing Windows Registry Entries
The Windows registry is the section of your computer that holds all of the important information your system needs. Included within this information is a list of URLs that your browser references as you fill in the address bar of Internet Explorer. Even when you believe you have deleted all entries using conventional methods certain URLs may still appear within this section of your registry. This problem can be fixed using one of two methods:

Using The Registry Editor
The registry editor is a Windows application included within your operating system. It enables you to change settings within the registry as long as you know what to look for. There are specifically two areas where you should look for URLs and delete any suspect entries but first you need to open the registry editor.

• Open the “Start” menu and select “Run”.
• Type “RegEdit” and hit “Enter” or click “OK”.

• Navigate to:
• HKEY_CURRENT_USER
• Software
• Microsoft
• Internet Explorer
• Look through the Main, Typed URLs, and Searched URLs for entries you wish to delete and delete them.

• HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
• Software
• Microsoft
• Internet Explorer
• Look through Searched URLs and Main. Delete any appropriate URLs.

Conclusion
Internet security has become a much more pressing issue. While it may just seem a minor annoyance to have certain URLs appear in the address bar, despite having cleared the recently visited sites section of your Internet Explorer it can give spyware a lot of information. It can also lead to embarrassing situations as well as other users of your computer being able to view the sites you have previously visited.

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