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I can't delete my location bar history

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  • Last reply by cor-el

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I'm on Firefox 3.6.8. I know that they're not bookmarks. I've of course highlighted them, and deleted with the DEL key, but when I type them in they come back. I deleted places.sqlite, I uninstalled Firefox and reinstalled. It was fine for a few minutes, but then the entire history came back. What can I do to get rid of it?

Oh, and switching it to only showing Bookmarks or Nothing doesn't seem to work

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try to delete it from the mozilla firefox folder

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You need to update your plug-ins. It is important to keep them updated due to continuing security fixes and improvements in those plug-ins:

  • Macromedia Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.5 (you may need to update)
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 9.3.3
  • Shockwave Flash 10.1 r53
  • Java Plug-in 1.6.0_20 for Netscape Navigator
  1. Check your plugin versions:
    • Note: plugin check page does not have information on all plugin versions
  2. Update Shockwave for Director
    • NOTE: this is not the same as Shockwave Flash; this installs the Shockwave Player.
    • Use Firefox to download and SAVE the installer to your hard drive from the link in the article below (Desktop is a good place so you can find it).
    • When the download is complete, exit Firefox (File > Exit)
    • locate and double-click in the installer you just downloaded, let the install complete.
    • Restart Firefox and check your plugins again.
    • Download link and more information:
  3. Update Adobe Reader (PDF plugin):
    • From within your existing Adobe Reader (if you have it already installed):
      • Open the Adobe Reader program from your Programs list
      • Click Help > Check for Updates
      • Follow the prompts for updating
      • If this method works for you, skip the "Download complete installer" section below and proceed to "After the installation" below
    • Download complete installer (if you do NOT have Adobe Reader installed):
      • Use Firefox to download and SAVE the installer to your hard drive from the link in the article below
      • On the Adobe page, un-check any extra items (i.e. Free McAfee® Security Scan Plus) then click Download button
      • If you see message just under tabs, DO NOT click the Allow button, instead click below that where it says "click here to download".
      • Click "Save to File"; save to your Desktop (so you can find it)
      • After download completes, close Firefox
      • Click the installer you just downloaded and allow the install to continue
        • Note: Vista and Win7 users may need to right-click the installer and choose "Run as Administrator"
      • Download link and more information:
    • After the installation, start Firefox and check your version again.
  4. Update Shockwave Flash
  5. Update Java:
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If you've used that profile in the past with Firefox 2 versions then you may have left a file history.dat that you need to delete as well.

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where is the folder where the firefox history is stored?

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Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory > Open Containing folder

See also Use the Troubleshooting Information page to help fix Firefox issues