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Why doesn't my clear history completely clear my history


Hi there,

I'm trying to clear all of the browsing history from my Firefox but it's not working. The function clears all of my searches and website preferences and passwords bar one or two websites. I've ticked all of the options for clearing history, apart from 'form and search history' as it won't let me tick this box. I also deleted all of my bookmarks, ran a CC cleaner and STILL there's search history when I start to type into the bar at the top. When I go into my history --> show all history having cleared it, it says that there is nothing there...

For example.. when I start to type P in the bar at the top.. UK Parliament immediately comes up. And my bar at the top of the page isn't one of those where you can just automatically search via Google so I don't think its doing that!...

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Firefox but even so some websites are STILL there! How can I track these websites down and get rid of them?

Thanks for your help!!



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Tyler Downer
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The websites that appear in this bar, do they have a star next to them?


No.. Forgot to add that I cleared by bookmarks too..

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The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.

Further information can be found in the Reset Firefox – easily fix most problems article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

Thank you.

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You can check for problems with the places.sqlite database file in the Firefox profile folder.


No unfortunately they're still there having tried to reset it...!

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In order to better assist you with your issue please provide us with a screenshot. If you need help to create a screenshot, please see How do I create a screenshot of my problem?

Once you've done this, attach the saved screenshot file to your forum post by clicking the Browse... button below the Post your reply box. This will help us to visualize the problem.

Thank you!


Here's a screen shot... I typed in 'e' having cleared history again, and now it came up with easyjet.com...

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Note that a reset tries to import the history and thus a reset may not be suited in case of history problems that you have.
You can either try to delete all places files in the profile folder or create a new profile with the Profile Manager.


Thanks for the suggestion cor-el, but it won't let me delete the places files in the profile folder. It says that it is in use by another program. I access it by going Help --> Troubleshooting Information --> Profile Folder

Is there another way to do it?

roughbeast 解決数 0 件 回答数 18 件


Drag Places to the Trash. Quit Firefox. Empty Trash. That should work. It just worked for me after I got the same "in use" message.

mschubb 解決数 0 件 回答数 6 件

I have the same problem. For as long as I can remember, whenever I cleared all my history, the location bar search history always fully cleared. (Except for bookmarks, which I like.)

Now I cannot get it to clear, no matter what I try. (And I have tried the suggestions posted here.)

What's been changed in recent upgrades????

hiker1 解決数 0 件 回答数 3 件

I also have this problem. I ran the places maintenance addon in "Locked or damaged places.sqlite" mentioned above. But it did not help. Here's the file:

Places Maintenance, all options.  Dec. 28, 2013. 
> Integrity check
+ The database is sane
> Reindex
+ The database has been reindexed
> Orphans expiration
+ Database cleaned up
> Coherence check
+ The database is coherent
> Vacuum
Initial database size is 10240 KiB
+ The database has been vacuumed
Final database size is 10240 KiB
> Statistics
Database size is 10240 KiB
user_version is 23
page_size is 32768
cache_size is -2048
journal_mode is wal
synchronous is 1
History can store a maximum of 80485 unique pages
Table moz_places has 202 records
Table moz_historyvisits has 49 records
Table moz_inputhistory has 0 records
Table moz_hosts has 139 records
Table moz_bookmarks has 194 records
Table moz_bookmarks_roots has 5 records
Table moz_keywords has 0 records
Table sqlite_sequence has 0 records
Table moz_favicons has 112 records
Table moz_anno_attributes has 8 records
Table moz_annos has 122 records
Table moz_items_annos has 118 records
Table sqlite_stat1 has 14 records
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_inputhistory_1
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_hosts_1
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_bookmarks_roots_1
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_keywords_1
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_favicons_1
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_anno_attributes_1
Index moz_places_faviconindex
Index moz_places_hostindex
Index moz_places_visitcount
Index moz_places_frecencyindex
Index moz_places_lastvisitdateindex
Index moz_historyvisits_placedateindex
Index moz_historyvisits_fromindex
Index moz_historyvisits_dateindex
Index moz_bookmarks_itemindex
Index moz_bookmarks_parentindex
Index moz_bookmarks_itemlastmodifiedindex
Index moz_places_url_uniqueindex
Index moz_places_guid_uniqueindex
Index moz_bookmarks_guid_uniqueindex
Index moz_annos_placeattributeindex
Index moz_items_annos_itemattributeindex

I also ran CHKDSK.

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Zolta 解決数 0 件 回答数 1 件

I had the same problem, I guess it's a bug. After going through all the usual solutions it still didn't work. So I just reinstalled Firefox and it got resolved.