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Opera Browser history problem

by glymzz / April 20, 2009 6:55 AM PDT

Background: I did not visit the web site, subscribed, install, add on, or anything from the web site.
The web site looks like any other entry in my browser History.
There is a blog on Opera about the web site codes.

As I was cleaning History on the few browsers I use, I happened to find
a web site in my Opera browser History that I know I did not visit.
Clear it out, cleared personal data, opened and closed Opera.
Yet, every time I reopened Opera, that item was in my History.

I'm trying here trying to find out what the problem is.

How does a web site you didn't visit get into your browser history?

Did somebody hack my computer?
Intrude on my Opera browser?
Please, Does anyone know what the problem is?

Thank you

I asked over at the Opera forum
First thread disappeared without explanation (scary)
Second locked for wrong forum category
Third, moderator upset me so bad I reported my messages to get
my ID removed. Really rude there, imo.
I will never use Opera again.

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Lots Of URL's Listed In History That Aren't Primary...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 20, 2009 7:20 AM PDT

Tried deleting those history "files"? Here's the link about which files to remove:

Everytime you visit a website, the page will bring up advertisement pages, java applets, popups, and other active content on the page. Some are worse than others. All those sub-links to advertisement, etc. are recorded in the History section of the browser..

Unless the sublinks on a webpage are blocked somehow, such as a using a HOSTS file, popup blocker, etc., they will continue to show up in the History.

Hope this helps.


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History is cleared
by glymzz / April 20, 2009 8:06 AM PDT

Thank you Grif

I understand about shared cookies.

I cleared history in Opera, personal info, everything

The item disappears as it should, gone, deleted, cleared.

Then when I Reopen in what should be a cleared History
the site is there in my History.

It should not be there.

How does a web site you don't visit
get into your History when you haven't been anyplace?

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Not All History Is Removed
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 20, 2009 8:26 AM PDT
In reply to: History is cleared

..unless you delete that file "global.dat".. Did you?

This isn't about "shared cookies"... but since you mentioned it, have you cleared the history of all other users on the computer? The point is, such websites are frequently "visited" by the computer even when you aren't aware of it.

But it would be nice for you to give us the name of History item that doesn't seem to be removed.. If you disconnect your ethernet cable, does the History item still show up?

Hope this helps.


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Global date what
by glymzz / April 20, 2009 8:43 AM PDT

I have no idea what that is.
I know I cleared everything I could.
the site is
There's an Opera blog gk-log about the code, a widget.

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Apparently, You Didn't Read The Link I Provided Earlier
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 20, 2009 9:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Global date what

The file name is "global.dat" and it contains all History files. Search for it and delete it.. (Since the file is a .dat file, you'll need to make sure you've got Windows Explorer set to "show all files" and you'll need to do the "More Advanced Options" search.) Although the link I provided earlier was about the Opera Symbian series History removal, the link below should provide you with the same information about the desktop versions..


"The file where Opera stores these entries is called "global.dat", and you can delete it if you want to remove traces of your browsing or if Opera crashes when trying to access it."

Hope this helps.


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Clearing out problem
by glymzz / April 20, 2009 9:31 AM PDT

Thank you again Grif

I won't be using Opera again to see if it works.
I think it must be something on Opera.
It concerns me they didn't respond.
It also concerns me that when I opened Opera,that web site's visit
count increased.
I haven't found the site on my
other browser histories.
Meanwhile I'm going to do a thorough search of my system to maker sure
that's the only place it shows up.

Thank you again for your help

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Problem resolved
by glymzz / April 26, 2009 9:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Clearing out problem

Update I've been told....old version of Opera style feature option for CSS author appear to have been the glitch most likely.
I installed the new version, cleared out everything (including the strange item), booksmarks, history, etc., and then re-installed.
I opened and closed the browser with a cleared history, and the history was clear when I reopened it.
If you uninstall it without clearing all your data, that data will be there when you re-install it.
I passed the info on to the Opera rep the finally helped me with the forum issue.
Simple answer that Opera forum moderator should have been aware of.
Sad because Opera was my first choice after Internet Explorer.

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I had that problem but I solved it ( I think) today.
by Mikkel345 / June 21, 2012 3:44 AM PDT

What I did was......
1. Opera remembers the date you downloaded it. So you may not be able to delete it but you can put it in the older section.
2. I made the computer date 364 days later than it was before.
3. Now when I had done this it was in the older section.
4. So I had turned Opera off and made the correct date.
5. And when I went back on the history was gone.
6. If this does not work I am sorry.

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