X
Tap here to go to the mobile version of the site.
Your Firefox is out of date and may contain a security risk! Upgrade Firefox

Support Forum

Where are typed URLs stored and for how long?

Posted

Tonight I've been using Auslogics BoostSpeed v5.4.0.10 (the latest version) to clean my computer. There is a "Privacy" tool included which among other functions allows one to "Erase History". Once inside the "Track Eraser" module the user is presented with various checkbox options for deleting from installed browsers and WIndows

For Firefox I selected cookies, typed URLs, form autocomplete, saved searches, temporary internet files and download history as "history tracks" to be deleted.

The scan found approximately 1700 "history tracks" that were previously typed URLs. Upon reopenng Firefox it seems that did not touch my current history (deleted manually, last done over a month ago), nor my bookmarks. When I open the "Detailed Report" link in BoostSpeed that opens in-browser, the subsequent page shows the tracks detailed and itemized. In the list are sites I haven't visited in years. Spot-checking a few of the addresses shows that they haven't been deleted from my bookmarks file, either.

I'm curious where these addresses have been stored. I've been using Firefox since around v3 and the only common denominator I can think of, through various profile migrations and the changeover to sqlite files, is the bookmarks file.

Could a file connected with the Awesome bar have been saving these, even though I turned it off Awesome Bar capability as soon as that function was introduced? Plus, I think some of these addresses pre-date FF providing typed suggestions in the address bar.

One thing I have noticed is that when I do finally manually delete my history, there are a list of websites from years ago that seem to be "stuck", maybe about 200 links from 2008-2009 (?) that I can't get rid of no matter how many times I try to dlete the entire history. They were not touched by this Auslogics clean and are still at the bottom of my history list in the sidebar.

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.7.2 for Mozilla browsers
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.5.2"
  • Coupons, Inc. Coupon Printer Plugin
  • Coupons, Inc. Coupon Printer DLL
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.6.5.635
  • 5.1.10411.0
  • VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.0
  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
  • RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In
  • 6.0.12.448
  • Google Update
  • nplcplugin
  • IE Tab 2 Plug-in for Mozilla/Firefox
  • Logitech Device Detection
  • Winamp Application Detector
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • NPWLPG
  • wpidetector
  • Office Live Update v1.5
  • Provides additional functionality on Facebook. See our web site for details.
  • Veoh Web Video Player Browser Plugin
  • Delivery Network Acceleration by BitTorrent™
  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.0; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1

More Information

Name
Firefox
Version
15.0.1
User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.0; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1
Profile Folder
Show Folder
Enabled Plugins
about:plugins
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Crash Reports
about:crashes
Memory Use
about:memory
Extensions
Name
Version
Enabled
ID
About Pages
2.0
true
jid0-AFtEdrprcME0x2cBpLsAOKC8u5Y@jetpack
absolute load control
0.16
true
absolute@load.control.am
Adblock Plus
2.1.2
true
{d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d}
Adblock Plus Filter Uploader
2.1
true
uploader@adblockfilters.mozdev.org
Adblock Plus Pop-up Addon
0.4
true
adblockpopups@jessehakanen.net
Add to Search Bar
2.0
true
add-to-searchbox@maltekraus.de
All-in-One Sidebar
0.7.18
true
{097d3191-e6fa-4728-9826-b533d755359d}
Auto Context
1.5.0.3
true
{a4fc6772-c55a-2c5b-57bd-71145c24aa4b}
Beef Taco (Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out)
1.3.7
true
john@velvetcache.org
BetterPrivacy
1.68
true
{d40f5e7b-d2cf-4856-b441-cc613eeffbe3}
Bookmark Favicon Changer
1.71
true
bookmarkfaviconchanger@sonthakit
Cache Status
0.7.10
true
cache@status.org
CacheViewer Continued
0.8
true
{30E08C68-889E-11E0-95EF-DA7E4824019B}
CLEO
5.0.1
true
CLEO@guid.customsoftwareconsult.com
CoLT
2.5.7
true
{e6c4c3ef-3d4d-42d6-8283-8da73c53a283}
Console²
0.9
true
{1280606b-2510-4fe0-97ef-9b5a22eafe80}
CSHelper
1.0
true
{d91a2be6-3b56-4dfb-97f5-5e48fe3ed473}
Custom Buttons
0.0.5.5
true
custombuttons@xsms.org
Customizations for Adblock Plus
1.0.3
true
customization@adblockplus.org
Delete This
1.1
true
{f7daef33-30b5-4717-9d4b-6d9150338087}
DNS Cache
1.7
true
dnscache@dominik.jungowski
DoNotTrackPlus
2.2.1.829
true
donottrackplus@abine.com
Download Statusbar
0.9.10
true
{D4DD63FA-01E4-46a7-B6B1-EDAB7D6AD389}
DownloadHelper
4.9.10
true
{b9db16a4-6edc-47ec-a1f4-b86292ed211d}
DownThemAll!
2.0.15
true
{DDC359D1-844A-42a7-9AA1-88A850A938A8}
DownThemAll! AntiContainer
1.2
true
anticontainer@downthemall.net
Ebay Button
1.4.0
true
ebayHotStuff@wangtom.com
Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus
1.2.3
true
elemhidehelper@adblockplus.org
Empty Cache Button
2.0
true
{4cc4a13b-94a6-7568-370d-5f9de54a9c7f}
Extension List Dumper
1.15.2
true
extensionlistdumper@sogame.cat
Extension Options Menu
2.5
true
{1feca320-6b4d-11df-a08a-0800200c9a66}
Fasterfox Lite
3.9.9Lite
true
FasterFox_Lite@BigRedBrent
FastestFox
5.0.2
true
smarterwiki@wikiatic.com
FaviconizeTab
1.0.6
true
faviconizetab@espion.just-size.jp
FEBE
7.0.3.5
true
{4BBDD651-70CF-4821-84F8-2B918CF89CA3}
Flashblock
1.5.15.1
true
{3d7eb24f-2740-49df-8937-200b1cc08f8a}
FlashGot
1.4.8.3
true
{19503e42-ca3c-4c27-b1e2-9cdb2170ee34}
FoxyProxy Standard
4.0.1
true
foxyproxy@eric.h.jung
Gcache+
1.6
true
gcache@gcacheplus.com
Ghostery
2.8.3
true
firefox@ghostery.com
Google Global
2.8
true
{B97F57B9-1B42-4aed-9475-0022600C62DC}
Google Redesigned
2.0
true
{cc85cd4e-5a5b-4eda-a25c-bdaffa93b406}
Google Shortcuts
2.1.7.1
true
{5C46D283-ABDE-4dce-B83C-08881401921C}
GoogleEnhancer
1.87
true
{21e48e29-f574-4619-b65d-0f00eea92e5b}
GoogleSharing
0.22
true
googlesharing@extension.thoughtcrime.org
Greasemonkey
1.4
true
{e4a8a97b-f2ed-450b-b12d-ee082ba24781}
gui:config
1.2.2
true
guiconfig@slosd.net
Hotspot Shield Helper (Please allow this installation)
1.0
true
afurladvisor@anchorfree.com
HTTPS-Everywhere
3.0.1
true
https-everywhere@eff.org
IE Tab 2 (FF 3.6+)
4.1.3.1
true
{1BC9BA34-1EED-42ca-A505-6D2F1A935BBB}
KeeFox
1.1.2
true
keefox@chris.tomlinson
LastPass
2.0.0
true
support@lastpass.com
Lazarus: Form Recovery
2.3
true
lazarus@interclue.com
LeechBlock
0.6.3
true
{a95d8332-e4b4-6e7f-98ac-20b733364387}
Logitech Device Detection
1.23.0.5
true
DeviceDetection@logitech.com
Manage Folders
1.0.5
true
firefox-managefolders@googlecode.com
Memory Fox
7.4
true
{E173B749-DB5B-4fd2-BA0E-94ECEA0CA55B}
Menu Editor
1.2.7
true
{EDA7B1D7-F793-4e03-B074-E6F303317FB0}
Mozilla Archive Format
2.0.6
true
{7f57cf46-4467-4c2d-adfa-0cba7c507e54}
Multi Links
3.0.0.19
true
multilinks@plugin
Multicolumn Bookmarks
1.5
true
MulticolumnBookmarks@Maxim.Kudimov
NoScript
2.5.7
true
{73a6fe31-595d-460b-a920-fcc0f8843232}
nzbdStatus
1.0.15.1
true
sabnzbdstatus@dq5studios.com
Open in Browser
1.11
true
openinbrowser@www.spasche.net
OPIE
4.0
true
OPIE@guid.customsoftwareconsult.com
OptimizeGoogle
0.79.1
true
optimizegoogle@optimizegoogle.com
Organize Status Bar
0.6.5
true
{35106bca-6c78-48c7-ac28-56df30b51d2c}
Password Exporter
1.2.1
true
{B17C1C5A-04B1-11DB-9804-B622A1EF5492}
Personal Menu
5.1.0
true
CompactMenuCE@Merci.chao
Places Maintenance
1.3
true
places-maintenance@bonardo.net
Preferences Cleaner
0.3.1
true
pcln@cycledlm.gmail.com
PrivacyChoice TrackerBlock
2.2
true
trackerblock@privacychoice.org
Readability
2.4
true
readability@readability.com
RefControl
0.8.16
true
{455D905A-D37C-4643-A9E2-F6FEFAA0424A}
ReminderFox
2.0.1
true
{ada4b710-8346-4b82-8199-5de2b400a6ae}
RoboForm Toolbar for Firefox
7.7.7
true
{22119944-ED35-4ab1-910B-E619EA06A115}
ScrapBook Plus
1.8.22.38
true
scrapbookplus@addons.mozilla.org
SelectionSK
0.7.5
true
{D0BF6ED6-4A0E-489d-B207-556474500B4E}
Session Manager
0.7.9.1
true
{1280606b-2510-4fe0-97ef-9b5a22eafe30}
Share on Tumblr
1.1
true
714cb7478d98b1cb51d1f5f515f060c7@link.codefisher.org
ShareMeNot
2.0
true
sharemenot@franziroesner.com
SortPlaces
1.9.2
true
sortplaces@andyhalford.com
Sothink Web Video Downloader for Firefox
6.9
true
{FCAB6FDD-5585-425b-95C1-5ED856F3FD08}
SQLite Manager
0.7.7
true
SQLiteManager@mrinalkant.blogspot.com
Status-4-Evar
2012.07.08.17
true
status4evar@caligonstudios.com
Stop YouTube Autoplay
1.0.3
true
jid0-Pm0nbsggUvL00CBoW6YwCaqv8bk@jetpack
Super Hide IP
1.0
true
support@super-hide-ip.com
Tab Mix Plus
0.4.0.3
true
{dc572301-7619-498c-a57d-39143191b318}
Team Cymru's MHR
1.2
true
mhr@team.cymru
ThumbsDown
0.20
true
thumbsdown@mozdev.org
TinyUrl Creator
2.0.2
true
{89736E8E-4B14-4042-8C75-AD00B6BD3900}
TinyURL Generator
2.5.1
true
tinyurl.addon@fast-chat.co.uk
Titlebar Text
1.4
true
TitlebarText@Merci.chao
Toolbar Appmenu Button
0.72pre
true
toolbar-appmenu-button@hanubeki.info
Toolbar Buttons
1.0
true
{03B08592-E5B4-45ff-A0BE-C1D975458688}
Tweak Network
1.5.4
true
{DAD0F81A-CF67-4eed-98D6-26F6E47274CA}
UltraSurf Firefox Tool
2.0
true
{5B52016C-D097-4aec-BE61-9F129D8FDDBA}
User Agent Switcher
0.7.3
true
{e968fc70-8f95-4ab9-9e79-304de2a71ee1}
Vacuum Places Improved
1.2
true
VacuumPlacesImproved@lultimouomo-gmail.com
View Dependencies
0.3.3.2
true
{8965bb4b-c2ca-2b84-6b49-7afb2760518c}
WebMail Notifier
2.9.13
true
{37fa1426-b82d-11db-8314-0800200c9a66}
What's That Preference?
0.3
true
whatsthatpref@grbradt.org
Xmarks
4.1.3
true
foxmarks@kei.com
Zotero
3.0.8
true
zotero@chnm.gmu.edu
Zotero Word for Windows Integration
3.1.8
true
zoteroWinWordIntegration@zotero.org
Alexa Sparky
1.7.0
false
toolbar@alexa.com
AutoCopy Plus
0.0.2
false
{3aaed340-275a-11df-8a39-0800200c9a66}
CheckPlaces
2.6.2
false
checkplaces@andyhalford.com
DomainsOnFirefox
1.2
false
domainsonfirefox@domainsonfire.com
DragNDrop Toolbars
0.0.0.9
false
dndtb@c-est-simple.com
FoxLingo
2.7.6
false
{ef62e1ce-d2a4-4cdd-b7ec-92b120366b66}
IDM CC
7.3.8
false
mozilla_cc@internetdownloadmanager.com
iMacros for Firefox
7.5.0.4
false
{81BF1D23-5F17-408D-AC6B-BD6DF7CAF670}
PPCWebSpy Toolbar
1.0.21
false
{86c18b42-e466-45a9-ae7a-9b95ba6f5640}
Proxy Tool
1.17
false
proxytool@proxylist.co
RankChecker
1.8.21
false
rankchecker@seobook.com
SearchStatus
1.41
false
{d57c9ff1-6389-48fc-b770-f78bd89b6e8a}
SEO For Firefox
3.6.6
false
seo4firefox@seobook.com
Seo Toolbar
1.2.1
false
seotoolbar@seobook.com
SeoQuake
2.8.6
false
{317B5128-0B0B-49b2-B2DB-1E7560E16C74}
SkipScreen
0.6.4
false
SkipScreen@SkipScreen
Skype Click to Call
6.1.0.10441
false
{82AF8DCA-6DE9-405D-BD5E-43525BDAD38A}
Text Formatting Toolbar
0.1.4.10
false
format.bar@codefisher.org
ToolbarBrowser
1.3.2
false
{2e710e6b-5e9d-44ba-8f4e-09a040978b49}
Torbutton
1.4.6
false
{e0204bd5-9d31-402b-a99d-a6aa8ffebdca}
Web Developer
1.2.2
false
{c45c406e-ab73-11d8-be73-000a95be3b12}
WiseStamp
3.11.21
false
wisestamp@wisestamp.com
Important Modified Preferences
Name
Value
accessibility.tabfocus
2
accessibility.typeaheadfind.enablesound
false
accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar
0
browser.cache.disk.capacity
79872
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.enabled
false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run
false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value
778240
browser.cache.memory.capacity
30720
browser.cache.offline.enable
false
browser.display.show_image_placeholders
false
browser.history_expire_days.mirror
180
browser.history_expire_days_min
10
browser.history_expire_sites
5000
browser.link.open_newwindow
1
browser.link.open_newwindow.override.external
3
browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction
1
browser.places.importDefaults
false
browser.places.migratePostDataAnnotations
false
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
4
browser.places.updateRecentTagsUri
false
browser.search.openintab
true
browser.search.suggest.enabled
false
browser.search.update
false
browser.search.useDBForOrder
true
browser.sessionstore.interval
60000
browser.sessionstore.max_resumed_crashes
4
browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo
6
browser.sessionstore.max_windows_undo
2
browser.sessionstore.restore_on_demand
false
browser.startup.homepage
www.yahoo.com
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
20120905151427
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
15.0.1
browser.tabs.animate
false
browser.tabs.closeButtons
0
browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab
false
browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent
false
browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInBackground
true
browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground
true
browser.tabs.onTop
false
browser.tabs.selectOwnerOnClose
false
browser.tabs.tabMinWidth
16
browser.tabs.warnOnOpen
false
dom.disable_open_during_load
false
dom.disable_window_move_resize
true
dom.disable_window_open_feature.close
true
dom.disable_window_status_change
false
dom.event.contextmenu.enabled
false
dom.indexedDB.enabled
false
dom.ipc.plugins.enabled
false
dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.npctrl.dll
false
dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.npietab2.dll
false
dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.npqtplugin.dll
false
dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.npswf32.dll
false
dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.nptest.dll
false
dom.max_chrome_script_run_time
0
dom.max_script_run_time
0
dom.popup_maximum
2
dom.report_all_js_exceptions
true
extensions.checkCompatibility
true
extensions.checkCompatibility.3.6
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.3.6b
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.3.6p
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.3.6pre
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.3.7a
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0b
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0p
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0pre
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.4.2a1
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.4.2a1pre
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.6.0b
false
extensions.checkCompatibility.7.0b
false
extensions.lastAppVersion
15.0.1
font.default.x-western
sans-serif
font.name.serif.x-western
Arial
general.autoScroll
false
general.useragent.extra.brc
general.useragent.security
U
gfx.direct2d.disabled
true
keyword.enabled
false
layers.acceleration.disabled
true
media.autoplay.enabled
false
mousewheel.withaltkey.action
2
mousewheel.withshiftkey.action
1
network.cookie.lifetimePolicy
2
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
network.dns.disableIPv6
true
network.dns.disablePrefetch
true
network.dnsCacheEntries
200
network.dnsCacheExpiration
8640
network.http.connect.timeout
60
network.http.max-connections-per-server
16
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server
8
network.http.pipelining.ssl
true
network.prefetch-next
false
network.security.ports.banned
8118,8123,9050,9051
network.websocket.enabled
false
places.database.lastMaintenance
1349774552
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
19298
places.history.expiration.transient_optimal_database_size
10748641
places.last_vacuum
1312441916
plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types
application/x-mplayer2,audio/x-mpegurl,video/x-ms-asf,video/x-ms-asf-plugin,audio/x-ms-wma,video/x-mpeg,audio/mid,audio/…
plugin.expose_full_path
true
print.print_printer
Dell Laser Printer 1720dn PS3
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_bgcolor
true
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_bgimages
true
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_command
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_downloadfonts
false
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_edge_bottom
0
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_edge_left
0
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_edge_right
0
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_edge_top
0
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_evenpages
true
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_footercenter
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_footerleft
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_footerright
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_headercenter
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_headerleft
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_headerright
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_in_color
true
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_margin_bottom
0.5
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_margin_left
0.5
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_margin_right
0.5
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_margin_top
0.5
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_oddpages
true
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_orientation
0
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_pagedelay
500
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_paper_data
1
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_paper_height
11.00
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_paper_size_type
0
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_paper_size_unit
0
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_paper_width
8.50
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_reversed
false
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_scaling
1.00
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_shrink_to_fit
false
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_to_file
false
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_unwriteable_margin_bottom
0
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_unwriteable_margin_left
0
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_unwriteable_margin_right
0
print.printer_Adobe_PDF.print_unwriteable_margin_top
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_bgcolor
true
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_bgimages
true
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_command
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_downloadfonts
false
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_edge_bottom
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_edge_left
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_edge_right
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_edge_top
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_evenpages
true
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_footercenter
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_footerleft
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_footerright
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_headercenter
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_headerleft
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_headerright
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_in_color
true
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_margin_bottom
0.5
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_margin_left
0.5
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_margin_right
0.5
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_margin_top
0.5
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_oddpages
true
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_orientation
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_pagedelay
500
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_paper_data
1
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_paper_height
11.00
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_paper_size_type
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_paper_size_unit
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_paper_width
8.50
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_reversed
false
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_scaling
1.00
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_shrink_to_fit
false
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_to_file
false
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_unwriteable_margin_bottom
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_unwriteable_margin_left
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_unwriteable_margin_right
0
print.printer_Dell_Laser_Printer_1720dn_PS3.print_unwriteable_margin_top
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_bgcolor
false
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_bgimages
false
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_command
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_downloadfonts
false
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_edge_bottom
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_edge_left
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_edge_right
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_edge_top
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_evenpages
true
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_footercenter
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_footerleft
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_footerright
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_headercenter
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_headerleft
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_headerright
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_in_color
true
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_margin_bottom
0.5
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_margin_left
0.5
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_margin_right
0.5
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_margin_top
0.5
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_oddpages
true
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_orientation
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_pagedelay
500
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_paper_data
1
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_paper_height
11.00
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_paper_size_type
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_paper_size_unit
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_paper_width
8.50
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_reversed
false
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_scaling
1.00
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_shrink_to_fit
false
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_to_file
false
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_unwriteable_margin_bottom
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_unwriteable_margin_left
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_unwriteable_margin_right
0
print.printer_Microsoft_XPS_Document_Writer.print_unwriteable_margin_top
0
privacy.clearOnShutdown.cache
false
privacy.clearOnShutdown.cookies
false
privacy.clearOnShutdown.extensions-tabmix
false
privacy.clearOnShutdown.history
false
privacy.clearOnShutdown.offlineApps
true
privacy.clearOnShutdown.sessions
false
privacy.cpd.downloads
false
privacy.cpd.extensions-sessionmanager
false
privacy.cpd.extensions-tabmix
false
privacy.cpd.history
false
privacy.cpd.offlineApps
true
privacy.item.cookies
true
privacy.item.history
false
privacy.popups.showBrowserMessage
false
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
privacy.sanitize.sanitizeOnShutdown
true
privacy.sanitize.timeSpan
0
security.OCSP.disable_button.managecrl
false
security.dialog_enable_delay
0
security.disable_button.openCertManager
false
security.disable_button.openDeviceManager
false
security.warn_entering_weak
false
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false
Graphics
Adapter Description
ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO
Vendor ID
0x1002
Device ID
0x94c3
Adapter RAM
128
Adapter Drivers
aticfx32 aticfx32 atiumdag atidxx32 atiumdva
Driver Version
8.961.0.0
Driver Date
4-5-2012
Direct2D Enabled
false
DirectWrite Enabled
false (7.0.6002.18592)
ClearType Parameters
ClearType parameters not found
WebGL Renderer
Google Inc. -- ANGLE (ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO) -- OpenGL ES 2.0 (ANGLE 1.0.0.1041)
GPU Accelerated Windows
0
JavaScript
Incremental GC
0
Library Versions
Expected minimum version
Version in use
NSPR
4.9.1
4.9.1
NSS
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
NSS Util
3.13.6.0
3.13.6.0
NSS SSL
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
NSS S/MIME
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC

John99
  • Top 25 Contributor
  • Moderator
622 solutions 7995 answers

History has for a long while been saved in the same database as the bookmarks. The file is places.sqlite

The awesomebar display options may be changed but that is different from not saving information or clearing information. How long history items are kept for depends partly on the database size and the number of bookmarks as bookmarks are sometimes given priority where necessary.

If you do have the awesomebar working and displaying a dropdown list typing in an asterisk along with the term displays bookmarks, typing a ~ filters for typed items

Using the Private Browsing feature either temporarily or permanently prevents data being saved. There are several options for customising saving and clearing the various history items.

You mention the history sidebar, not note you will have more information available if you use the bookmarks Library. Use display all bookmarks. That includes History and tags, and options to sort and to display additional columns.

I suppose your places file may be somewhat corrupt.
If you are going to experiment with the places.sqlite file I would recommend backing it up first, and then again as you make changes. There is an add on that does some repairwork on the places.sqlite you could try using that.

You may also examine the file with a sqlite editor, but I have only dabbled in that and can not offer proper advice on editing and repairing the file manually.

Modified by John99

Question owner

I'm aware that history and bookmarks are now stored together in places.sqlite, whereas they were separate in the past. i made reference to history and bookmarks storage in my original question because those are my only points of reference with regard to Firefox and where those old visited sites could have been pulled from..

BoostSpeed refered to the items it was deleting as "History Tracks" but i tried to convey through my description (second paragraph) that the deletions were not simply browser history but "user" and use history. Based on the age and selectivity of the internet addresses (not simply bookmarks) that the "Detailed Report" showed as having been deleted by BoostSpeed, it was not simply browser history. First, these addresses were not in my history, which I am able to look at anytime I choose, and do so frequently; second, I would expect much more of my actual history would have been deleted, not sites pulled out of the ether that I haven't visited in literally four or five years.

There is no "if you have awesomebar working". I wrote that I turned it off as soon as it was pushed out three (?) years ago and have never used it short of the couple of days it took me to get around to deactivating it. I don't like auocomplete and turn it off in Yahoo, Google and wherever else it appears.

I also have never used Private Browsing. I'm not asking how to keep browsing info from being saved. I'm trying to find out how deep and far back my previous browsing info has been saved and where it could be located in my profile besides the most obvious places. Seeimg as I have the option to supposedly delete history, cookies, etc, and I do so manually at least once a month, I'm trying to understand what Firefox classifies these pulled up old addresses as if not "history" and where they were stored in my profile all these years. If as a user we are give options to delete privacy details manually, I would think Private Browsing is an alternative to having to later delete the info from various file locations, not the option that assures FF has not kept a hidden backup of what it lets you think is deleted.

I know about the Bookmarks Library, have a shortcut for it on my navigation bar and use it as an alternate view for history and bookmarks. However, it's not relevant to this discussion as those BoostSpeed "Typed URLs" addresses were not sitting in the history in the Bookmarks Library either. They were not visible anywhere, except as bookmarks I may have created in the past after initially accessing the given website.

I can't say that every last "Typed URL" has a corresponding bookmark since I checked only a few addresses I knew I would have bookmarked to make sure they weren't dleted from bookmarks. Because the spotchecking found some sites still in Bookmarks I concluded that those sites BoostSpeed classified ase "Typed URLs" was not simply their pulling old bookmarks to delete.

Right now the History in Bookmarks Library goes back only seven days. There was more going back further (I have not manually deleted history via Firefox in at least six weeks) but older entries must have gotten cleaned in all the browser and system cleaning I've been doing. However, when I scroll all the way to the bottom of the sidebar (note: my history displays in the sidebar as a function of the All-in-One Sidebar add-on), the sites I mentioned (in my original post) that are obviously old (totally different from the old sites BoostLogic cleared as "Typed URLs" ) are still not deleted. These particular links have also never shown up in the History section of the Bookmarks Library window and are not showing there now.

I've had Places Maintenance installed for a few years and have run it periodically. I suppose it would have repaired any corruption by now, either that or the untouched history entries are not technically corrupted. I'm not experiencing any of the problems in that Mozillazine page link that defines places.sqlite file corruption.

[As a final note, my bookmarks file is many years old, migrated from Netscape and through Firefox when the Bookmarks was still an html file. I back it up as an html flle which is about 12M large. There are about 20K plus bookmakrs, fully categorized in folders and subfolders, so many because I use it for reference and research as well as personal use.]

If this extra info ("typed URLs") is being stored (and for so long) is it in places.sqlite? If not where else? BoostSpeed could not just parse out four- and five-year-old typed-in addresses out of the Firefox profile files to the exclusion of all else so obviously this info is being stored somewhere and I'd like to keep it from being stored going forward.I don't even think all of them were actually typed -- some are long enough that obviously I linked from somewhere else or copy-pasted them into the address bar.

I welcome input or other suggestions. I can't be the only privacy conscious FF user who would like to be assured that sites I visited four and five years ago are not still stored in my profile somewhere (notwithstanding those saved as bookmarks, of course).

John99
  • Top 25 Contributor
  • Moderator
622 solutions 7995 answers

I am not aware that Firefox stores the data anywhere else. (Other than the backups of bookmarks, and of course as the relatively temporary cache files. )

My reason for menitoning the awesomebar and the fltering option was merely to point out an easy method of you acessing and displaying some such data.

I can't say that every last "Typed URL" has a corresponding bookmark since I checked only a few addresses I knew I would have bookmarked to make sure they weren't dleted from bookmarks. Because the spotchecking found some sites still in Bookmarks I concluded that those sites BoostSpeed classified ase "Typed URLs" was not simply their pulling old bookmarks to delete. 

That is why I pointed out the filtering option. You may type in an address and NOT bookmark it. The entry will be in places.sqlite, but will not show as a bookmark, only as a history item.

cor-el
  • Top 10 Contributor
  • Moderator
10737 solutions 96600 answers

Helpful Reply

You can check for problems with the places.sqlite database file in the Firefox Profile Folder.

You can use the SQLite Manager to inspect entries that have a typed=1 attribute.

  1. Open Profile Directory -> places.sqlite -> Go
  2. Hit the Execute SQL tab
  3. Use a Select like this:
SELECT datetime(visit_date/1000000,'unixepoch') AS visit_date, url, title, visit_count, frecency, typed
FROM moz_places, moz_historyvisits
WHERE moz_places.id = moz_historyvisits.place_id AND typed LIKE '1'
ORDER BY frecency DESC
Dsmith01 0 solutions 3 answers

Helpful Reply

I think I have a solution. First, download the add-on SQManager. This should be included with FireFox, it is really good. Look for the file moz_hosts in the folder places.sqlite. Don't delete the file, just delete the information in the file. My file has over 3600 websites, which go back years!! I did not know they were there, but I was frustrated about not being able to get rid of them. They popped up every time I used the address bar. Clearing my history would not get rid of them. This is where they are stored!! I found that by deleting the pesky web site from moz_hosts, it does not appear in my address bar anymore!!! I think that if I just delete all the websites in moz_hosts.... Wa-la...History Gone!!! As long as you don't delete the file, just empty it, FireFox won't know the difference. It will just keep adding websites to it until you empty it again. Why running "clear recent history" doesn't do this, I don't know. You are doing manually what "clear recent history" is not doing. Please tell me if you see any flaw in this. I think it's the solution we've all been looking for!

Question owner

DSmith and others: thanks for your replies. I was not able to get back to this thread, until tonight. I will try various solutions and come back to let you all know what worked and how. I have SQLite Manager installed already and will take a look at SQManager (if that is not a typo) to see which one has a (for me) more user-friendly interface. As of today I still experience the same issue -- leftover years-old history of visited websites after clearing _all_ recent history.

gondomed 0 solutions 1 answers

I had the same problem: addressbar autocompletes old URLs even after cleaning history.

Thanks Dsmith for the solution!

Step by Step:

  1. Backup the file "places.sqlite" from your Mozilla Profiles Directory
  2. Install SQLite Manager Add-on
  3. Open SQLite Manager and open the "places.sqlite"
  4. Hit the Execute SQL tab and enter:
    DELETE FROM moz_hosts

5. Execute SQL. Done!

Firefox will add newly entered websites to the moz_hosts table by itself.

I have the same question as Dsmith for Mozilla Support:

  • Why running "clear recent history" doesn't do this? Is this a bug?

Or is this because through various profile migrations? I'm using Firefox since Version 1.0.0.

John99
  • Top 25 Contributor
  • Moderator
622 solutions 7995 answers

General Reply

I have tried to reproduce this problem without success. I have tried several different versions of Firefox on Windows and on Ubuntu.

At one stage I thought I had seen the problem, and started to narrow down which versions it was on, only to come back to the original and not be able to reproduce the problem. (I guess I just did not clear history correctly)

There have been changes to places.sqlite, and how the location bar is used, so it did seem possible there could have been a regression.

My guess is that advanced users with large numbers of tabs and extensive use of firefox may well also have many extensions, especially ones relating to bookmark management possibly that is the problem.

If anyone has a continuing problem (and so needs to use SQL editors) I have some suggestions i could give about trying to demonstrate the problem to others.

  • The simplest is try in safe-mode and see if the problem still occurs then.

I suspect use of SQL editors is normally employed to salvage data from an otherwise unusable file. I do not see it should be recommended for routine use of clearing History !

Modified by John99