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posted by lm108 1 year ago
Where are typed URLs stored and for how long?

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.

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