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What file is an internet search saved in

by Gmanx6 / December 14, 2004 3:50 AM PST

Windows 2000 OS. When I goto Yahoo or Google for example and type in the search the web box.
I type Captian James Smith and do to the typo I get a porn site.
What is the name of the file that retains that information.

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Removing Autocomplete Items
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 14, 2004 4:57 AM PST


It's saved by using "Autocomplete" and is stored in the registry and in the appropriate "index.dat" file. If you want to clear the "SearchMRU" (Most recently used), then you should be able to open Internet Explorer, click on "Tools" in the upper left, choose "Internet Options", and in the "General" tab, click on the "Clear History" button, ....then click on the "Content" tab, then click on the "Autocomplete" tab, then click on the "Clear Forms" button. Make sure to clean out the "Temporary Internet Files" folder and the "Cookies" folder also.

I believe you can also selectively remove items from the saved MRU's in Google. Hover your mouse over an item you want to delete from the drop down box until it highlights and then hit your delete key on keyboard.

Other programs such as Ad-Aware and Spybot will also eliminate usage tracks.

Hope this helps.


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Removing Autocomplete Items
by Gmanx6 / December 27, 2004 4:57 AM PST

Thank you Autocomplete was the item I was looking for just couldn't remember what it was or how to reset it.

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Not very clear.
by Kees Bakker / December 14, 2004 5:04 AM PST

If I type Captian James Smith google asks me if I maybe mean captain james smith, but still returns 8430 hits with 'captian'. So no typo at all, just a normal search.

Some suggestions:
- Tools>Internet Options>Content and clear Autocomplete for forms
- Tools>Internet Options>Programs and reset web settings
- scan with spybot, adaware, cwshredder, housecall online and panda online (search on this site for links, but it doesn't work at this moment).

Hope this helps.


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