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Why doesn't my clear history completely clear my history
I'm trying to clear all of the browsing history from my Firefox but it's not working. The function clears all of my searches and website preferences and passwords bar one or two websites. I've ticked all of the options for clearing history, apart from 'form and search history' as it won't let me tick this box. I also deleted all of my bookmarks, ran a CC cleaner and STILL there's search history when I start to type into the bar at the top. When I go into my history --> show all history having cleared it, it says that there is nothing there...
For example.. when I start to type P in the bar at the top.. UK Parliament immediately comes up. And my bar at the top of the page isn't one of those where you can just automatically search via Google so I don't think its doing that!...
I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Firefox but even so some websites are STILL there! How can I track these websites down and get rid of them?
Thanks for your help!!
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The websites that appear in this bar, do they have a star next to them?
No.. Forgot to add that I cleared by bookmarks too..
The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.
To Reset Firefox do the following:
- Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
- Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
- Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
- Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.
Further information can be found in the Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings article.
Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!
You can check for problems with the places.sqlite database file in the Firefox profile folder.
No unfortunately they're still there having tried to reset it...!
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Here's a screen shot... I typed in 'e' having cleared history again, and now it came up with easyjet.com...
Note that a reset tries to import the history and thus a reset may not be suited in case of history problems that you have.
You can either try to delete all places files in the profile folder or create a new profile with the Profile Manager.
Thanks for the suggestion cor-el, but it won't let me delete the places files in the profile folder. It says that it is in use by another program. I access it by going Help --> Troubleshooting Information --> Profile Folder
Is there another way to do it?
Drag Places to the Trash. Quit Firefox. Empty Trash. That should work. It just worked for me after I got the same "in use" message.
I have the same problem. For as long as I can remember, whenever I cleared all my history, the location bar search history always fully cleared. (Except for bookmarks, which I like.)
Now I cannot get it to clear, no matter what I try. (And I have tried the suggestions posted here.)
What's been changed in recent upgrades????
I also have this problem. I ran the places maintenance addon in "Locked or damaged places.sqlite" mentioned above. But it did not help. Here's the file:
Places Maintenance, all options. Dec. 28, 2013. > Integrity check + The database is sane > Reindex + The database has been reindexed > Orphans expiration + Database cleaned up > Coherence check + The database is coherent > Vacuum Initial database size is 10240 KiB + The database has been vacuumed Final database size is 10240 KiB > Statistics Database size is 10240 KiB user_version is 23 page_size is 32768 cache_size is -2048 journal_mode is wal synchronous is 1 History can store a maximum of 80485 unique pages Table moz_places has 202 records Table moz_historyvisits has 49 records Table moz_inputhistory has 0 records Table moz_hosts has 139 records Table moz_bookmarks has 194 records Table moz_bookmarks_roots has 5 records Table moz_keywords has 0 records Table sqlite_sequence has 0 records Table moz_favicons has 112 records Table moz_anno_attributes has 8 records Table moz_annos has 122 records Table moz_items_annos has 118 records Table sqlite_stat1 has 14 records Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_inputhistory_1 Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_hosts_1 Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_bookmarks_roots_1 Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_keywords_1 Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_favicons_1 Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_anno_attributes_1 Index moz_places_faviconindex Index moz_places_hostindex Index moz_places_visitcount Index moz_places_frecencyindex Index moz_places_lastvisitdateindex Index moz_historyvisits_placedateindex Index moz_historyvisits_fromindex Index moz_historyvisits_dateindex Index moz_bookmarks_itemindex Index moz_bookmarks_parentindex Index moz_bookmarks_itemlastmodifiedindex Index moz_places_url_uniqueindex Index moz_places_guid_uniqueindex Index moz_bookmarks_guid_uniqueindex Index moz_annos_placeattributeindex Index moz_items_annos_itemattributeindex
I also ran CHKDSK.
Modified by cor-el
I had the same problem, I guess it's a bug. After going through all the usual solutions it still didn't work. So I just reinstalled Firefox and it got resolved.