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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
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
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:
• Internet Explorer
• Look through the Main, Typed URLs, and Searched URLs for
entries you wish to delete and delete them.
• Internet Explorer
• Look through Searched URLs and Main. Delete any
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
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