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ff decides for itself not to store history longer than 7 days no matter what i tell it

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i used firefox for quite some time, years actually, and history always worked without problems. i can't tell exactly when it began, but suddenly it stopped. i tried ticking each of those boxes that are mentioned in help/troubleshoot and also with just selecting remember history without any boxes ticked, it does exactly not that ... well, it does, but it's kinda useless and even more pointless when your history is only stored for the last seven days. is the month ending and turning to the first day of the next, it says today, last seven days, [name of last month] ... i'm happy, thinking, yay it works again ... only to get it deleted after the first seven days of the new month - gone. as if never existed.

i can't bookmark each page i visit just to have some kind of history, that's kinda pointless and ludicros and defeats the whole prupose of storing a history for maybe later reference of wot i did some time ago.

[windows xp, sp3, firefox 30]

[on another note, but not related to the above question although it annoys me since even a longer time ... what is it with those memory and cpu spikes to 90% out of nothing ff does, no difference if there are 20 tabs open or just one blank tab?]

regards, arík chen

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hi arik, firefox has no mechanism built-in that would delete your history after 7 days or any fixed interval. do you have any cleanup or system tuning tools that are active on your pc? maybe also have a look into the task planner if anything is scheduled to run every seven days there...

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History and cookies can be removed or not recorded several ways;

  • 1) Running Firefox in Private Mode (nothing is recorded)
  • 2) Privacy settings
    (Type about:preferences#privacy<enter> in the address bar.)
  • 3) Many disk cleaners and anti-virus type programs can remove data from browsers. Open their settings and have them leave the browsers alone.
  • 4) Mal-ware.
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@ philip ... no kind of cleaning or system tuning tools. if that would be the case, the complete history of opera would also be gone i suppose. task planner i never used. the only task planned is the update of the anti-virus and that's that. nothing else.

@fredmcd ... no private mode afaik avira has no such setting, regarding removing data from browser. if there is, where to find? and as said above, if it would do, wouldn't operas history also be gone

ad 4) last scan said system is clear

ad 2) -> about:config his -> about:preferences#privacy and as said in the original post, i also tried with only selecting remember history

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k ... figured as much :(

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I've called the big guys to help you. Good luck.

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tnx a lot, much appreciated :)

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Problems with bookmarks and history not working properly can be caused by a corrupted places.sqlite database file.

Type about:support in the address bar and press enter.

Under the page logo on the left side you will see Application Basics. Under this find Profile Folder. To it’s right press the button Show Folder. This will open your file browser to the current Firefox profile. Now Close Firefox.

Locate the places.sqlite file. Then rename or delete it. Restart Firefox.

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In your about:config entry list there is a config called: downbar.function.keepHistory set to false Is this an add on or an extension that affects Firefox browsing history? Also, the optimize google history, if you set these two extensions to disable does the history continue to only show 7 days?

I would recommend trying a new profile to make sure that these extensions are not affecting the amount of history being kept: