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How to erase old / unused email addresses?

by gschut / February 2, 2004 12:58 AM PST

We have had throughout last summer and fall regularily visits from relatives, and while here, quite naturally, they used my pc to check their mail etc.

When I do log on to one of the sites I frequently use, upon entering my email address, a drop down window appears with a number of relative's email addresses to choose from, some of them are quite funny, but I rather like to have them all gone except mine.

I have to mention that the log-on process is "Protected by AuthentiX", whatever that means. Further, only email addresses ending with @hotmail are listed.

I have already tried 'tools - internet options - content - autocomplete' - and deleted everything in there but they will not go away.

How do I delete these?

I am running windows xp.

Any help is appreciated.


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Re:How to erase old / unused email addresses?
by Edward ODaniel / February 2, 2004 2:44 AM PST

Since it appears that you are using Web Mail the site you "frequently use" should have its own facilities for retaining or not retaining the email addresses of the user for the sign-in process.

What is this "frequently used" site and someone could see where the option is located. It could be as simple as unchecking a "save my password" checkbox.

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Re:Re:How to erase old / unused email addresses?
by gschut / February 2, 2004 11:29 AM PST

Here is the link to the site:

Click on any of the blue titles in the centre to log in and gain access to the topic mentioned.


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Re:Re:Re:How to erase old / unused email addresses?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 3, 2004 12:13 AM PST


Let's start with easiest first. While in Internet Explorer, click on "Tools" in the upper left, choose "Internet Options". On the "General" tab, click on the "Clear History" button at the bottom, then click on "Apply". Then click on the "Content" tab, then the "Autocomplete" button. When that loads, click on the "Clear forms" and "Clear Passwords" buttons. Click on Apply, then OK.

If that doesn't get it done, then you'll probably need to eliminate the "index.dat" file in the History folder from a "command" window. It's a hidden file but you should be able to delete it like this:

Click on Start-Run, type "cmd" (without the quotes), then click on OK. When the command window loads, type this:

cd \ (leave a single space between the cd and the backslash, then press the "Enter" key.)

You should now see:


Now type:

cd documents and settings\yourusername\local settings\history\history.ie5 (leave a single space after cd, and where "yourusername" is the username your are logged in under), then press the "Enter" key.

You should now see:
C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Local Settings\History\History.IE5>

Now type:

del index.dat (leave a single space between del and index, then press the "Enter" key. If it is successfully deleted, you should once again, see:

C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Local Settings\History\History.IE5>

If so, then close the command window by clicking on the X in the upper left corner.

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Re:Re:Re:How to erase old / unused email addresses?
by Cursorcowboy / February 3, 2004 12:34 AM PST

If you use the Windows Find funciton and search for <Username>.pwl (use *.pwl) files, how many are there?

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Prevent this from happening.
by Cursorcowboy / February 3, 2004 2:46 AM PST

To disable password caching:

Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe), locate, and click the following key in the registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:

Value name: DisablePasswordCaching

Data type: REG_DWORD

Radix: Hexadecimal

Value data: 0x00000001

Quit Registry Editor.

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