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When I visit certain pages, my browser history shows that it has been visited twice when it has not. Why does this happen?

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It shows the original website visited in the browser history, but it will also show the same address with what looks like a query string? I do not understand why this happens. Please help!

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The part of the URL starting with # may designate an internal part of the page -- that is the traditional usage -- or it might be added by a script in the page for another purposes, such as tracking. It seems to store this information:

parameter name = _ga parameter value = 1.30128573.327507196.1470229624

I don't know what that's for, but "ga" makes me think of Google Analytics, so maybe it's for tracking the links you follow within the site??

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It depends. Some websites may send a redirect when you request a page, and other sites may modify the address bar (or create history) as you move around within a page. Are there particular examples that concern you?

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An example would be I originally go to this website: http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/road-race-leader-crashes-just-miles-from-finish-1784944615 But then it will show up like this in my history again but with this section:

http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/road-race-leader-crashes-just-miles-from-finish-1784944615#_ga=1.30128573.327507196.1470229624

I am not sure what this means and I was hoping you could help.

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The part of the URL starting with # may designate an internal part of the page -- that is the traditional usage -- or it might be added by a script in the page for another purposes, such as tracking. It seems to store this information:

parameter name = _ga parameter value = 1.30128573.327507196.1470229624

I don't know what that's for, but "ga" makes me think of Google Analytics, so maybe it's for tracking the links you follow within the site??