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    Angry FireFox Browser Problem

    I am using FF since long but from past one week I am facing this unusual problem.

    FireFox is storing all my browsing history even when I have not asked to.

    Generally I prefer Bookmarking sites which I frequently visit.But due to this strange problem lot of clutter has gathered in my Address bar and it has become hard to search for the appropriate site.:32:

    I have tried clearing all the private data.But no good is happening.

    Re-Installing is one option. But since I have made a lot of modifications in my browser I don't wanna lose them.This would be the last option I will try.

    Waiting for some Help.

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    Again verify from "tools>options>Privacy>settings"

    that you have selected "browsing,download history" as well as "saved form and search history"

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    Quote Originally Posted by newprouser View Post
    Again verigy from "tools>options>Privacy>settings"

    that you have selected "browsing,download history" as well as "saved form and search history"
    The "browsing history and download history" options are unchecked....

    Though the "saved search and form history" is checked......but it doesn't affect this.It is just for storing Email-Id and Google search kind of things,

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    Default try this....

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    Quote Originally Posted by siddharth View Post
    The "browsing history and download history" options are unchecked....
    If you really meant unchecked, checking it will solve ur problem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by newprouser View Post
    If you really meant unchecked, checking it will solve ur problem...
    How will it??......Look at the Image posted by Mail2sc...

    In the history column the first and the third option are unchecked....

    @ Mail2sc.....I don't want FF to clear my private data everytime i close it.What i want is it should not store the addresses of the website which i visit.

    And yes, I have tried clearing Private data manually many times..
    Last edited by Sid; 17th June 2009 at 11:05 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    In the settings, select all.

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    Attachment 3714

    set as shown above. No harm in trying it.

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    ^^ Tried Both of the things.....But still the history is not clearing up....

    Let Me tell something more about the problem....Last week when I opened FF all the settings got changed...(though the ad-ons and Bookmarks were still there)....but my Home page etc like settings were restored to default.

    Maybe this gives you some clue about my problem...

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    i think you switched off the comp directly??

    you lost desktop and restoration data... somthing like that..?
    Last edited by mickey; 17th June 2009 at 11:19 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    Quote Originally Posted by mail2sc View Post
    i think you switched off the comp directly??

    you lost desktop and restoration data... somthing like that..?
    Yeah...Maybe i did that but I am not sure......but there is a chance that i shut the computer directly.....

    Now can you tell whether there are any chances to rectify this problem or not ???

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    hmmmm...

    i dont know how to check the History log...(

    let me see and tell you...q
    Last edited by mickey; 17th June 2009 at 11:29 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    Quote Originally Posted by mail2sc View Post
    hmmmm...

    i dont know how to check the History log...(

    let me see and tell you...
    Hey buddy......I am Logging Out now......Do try to find out the solution...will discuss about the problem tomorrow....

    And BTW,Now, I am sure that i switched off the computer directly.........

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    Try uninstall and reinstall Firefox.

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    @ meetdilip....please have a look at what i have written in post #1

    Quote Originally Posted by siddharth View Post
    Re-Installing is one option. But since I have made a lot of modifications in my browser I don't wanna lose them.This would be the last option I will try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siddharth View Post
    Hey buddy......I am Logging Out now......Do try to find out the solution...will discuss about the problem tomorrow....

    And BTW,Now, I am sure that i switched off the computer directly.........
    never do this....

    i had to make another username cause of this prob..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mail2sc View Post
    never do this....

    i had to make another username cause of this prob..
    So You mean the only option left is to reinstall ??

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    ^^ Samajhdar ko ishara hi kafi hota hai....

    but dont do now..let me check ..
    Last edited by mickey; 18th June 2009 at 12:03 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    You can retain your settings even while you reinstall. Just opt for retaining customizations.

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    ^^arre haan yeh to socha hi nahi...

    i think he should download the new browser and without uninstalling the old one go to intsall this new one...this will load it with previous changes..

    well done meetdilip...

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    reinstall will work..i have done alot of research on it...when installing, save previous settings and data..

    source..irc.mozilla.org
    Last edited by mickey; 18th June 2009 at 02:36 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    Thanks a lot for your help guys.......

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    before reinstalling forefox, try creating a new profile and make this the default profile and then use the "import and backup">Restore option in the "organise bookmarks" to get your bookmarks.
    you will need to install your add-ons again though.

    to start profile manager,
    RUN > CMD > firefox.exe -ProfileManager
    you can go through this also
    http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Managing+Profiles

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    @siddharth
    FireFox is storing all my browsing history even when I have not asked to.
    Not sure what is the present situation status!

    ======
    No need to reinstall FF.
    Any number of versions can be installed
    and remain separate.
    compatible Addons only selected.
    For instance I use Minefiled now (as well as latest FF 3.5.10)
    Gecko/2008032505 Minefield/3.0b5pre .
    Add ons IETAB IELITE not available.

    To avoid showing details in History
    about the websites
    In FF menu on top
    Click
    History
    Again
    Show ALL History
    History
    VIEWS
    Show columns
    Uncheck all except Name
    "Name" is what you enter in brief.

    Last edited by essbebe; 6th September 2011 at 07:52 PM.

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    ^thats what he cant do.
    Yesternight i was talking to friends on mozilla through irc.and they told to use ccleaner for this. But i think it would be a terrible option.
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    Basically , The history is not being stored in the history menu....Its just in the address bar where all the clutter has gathered......When I try to check History from menu....its absolutely blank.....!!!

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    as I said in post #22, try creating a new profile

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    as I said in post #22, try creating a new profile
    Well right now I have shifted to Ubuntu....So no problems here....Will try the newer suggestions later and post the result.....

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    @siddarth
    Thanks.

    As I understand , when you type an URL in the address bar,
    many old entries also appear.
    This has to be avoided.
    The following may be useful. Please give feedback.


    SOURCE:
    Delete The URL History From Mozilla Firefox Address Bar | Team Nirvana's Query

    EXTRACT:
    ..............................
    So, the best method would be, rather than to clear the address bar each and everytime, it’s better to config the browser to
    not even store the URLs in the first place. Ok, how do we do it?

    A few steps :

    1. Type ‘about:config’ in the Mozilla Firefox Address bar and Hit Enter. You will be presented the below screen.

    Firefox config address bar
    2. Yeah, give the Promise and click the above button to be presented with the Configuration Options of your favorite browser, Firefox.
    3. From the options, move down until you reach ‘browser:urlbar.maxRichResults’. The value at the end of this would be by default ‘12’ and this is the number of URLs being displayed in the address bar and which we are planning to reduce or remove permanently.
    4. So, at last you can double click on it or else right-click and choose ‘Modify’ from the context menu.
    5. Place 0 or else your required number based on your will and wish.
    6. Restart browser.

    There, we are done with it now.

    Try it.

    Google Search term:
    firefox address bar old urls delete.

    Para two : Addons also listed but not tested.

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    Firefox will not clear browsing history
    Bug #2 after my recent Firefox update: I noticed while I was playing around with the "clear private data" settings trying to figure out the issue from my previous blog (Firefox not remembering passwords) that Firefox was also not clearing my history when I asked it to. After doing some searching, I discovered a similar problem as the previous one: a corrupt sqlite file. The following steps solved the problem (most of this is an exact repeat from the previous blog, as the steps are very similar):

    1. Backup all Firefox bookmarks. In my research, this seemed the safe thing to do, though I will say that after completing the steps below my Bookmarks were preserved, so it was just a precaution. Close all Firefox sessions. If you are reading this in a Firefox browser and want to have it handy for reference while you complete these steps, either paste the URL into another browser (like Internet Explorer) and access from within this alternate browser for the time being, or paste the text of this blog into notepad.
    2. Locate on your computer Firefox's profile folder. On Vista, find it by doing the following:
    Go to Start, Run, type in (or better yet, paste) %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ and then hit enter or OK. Then click on the folder displayed (there may be more than one if you share this computer with someone else or have multiple usernames/profiles). You have now found the profile folder. On my Vista computer, the path was as follows:
    C:\Users\Lance E Riley\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\scs nghy9.default
    3. Inside this folder, locate the file places.sqlite and either rename it to something like places.tmp or simply delete it. I also placed a copy of the original file on my desktop just in case I screwed everything up and wanted to put the pieces back together, but that's just me being cautious, it's not necessary to achieve success.

    Note that this file and much (or perhaps all) of the rest of the Profile folder may be hidden by default (at least on Vista), so if you decide to SEARCH for these items versus the method described in Step 2 (which is totally a viable alternative method), you will need to tweak your search settings to find non-indexed, hidden items.
    4. Restart Firefox. A new places.sqlite file should be created, and with this fresh version, it is highly likely that you will have fixed the bug and will now be able to clear the history when you wish without Firefox ignoring you.

    To review: If, after an update, Firefox will not keep you logged into websites, and it will also not clear History when asked, deleting two sqlite files in the Profile folder and letting them be "re-created" should solve the problem. For the logging in issue, the file is cookies.sqlite. For the History issue, the file is places.sqlite.

    Of course, now that I've discovered TWO corrupt files after an update, it makes me wonder what other sqlite (or other) files are corrupt and what little bugs they are causing that I may not yet be aware of. If problems persist, the overall solution (as mentioned in my previous blog) may be to simply uninstall Firefox and start over. We'll see.
    Technology Blog: Firefox will not clear browsing history

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    my adivce reinstall the firefox and keep updating mozilla.. then the clear data will work.. as the installation of several extensions and a old firefox acts wierd the ways u are telling..
    keep firefox rocking.. its the browser..

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