History log gets deleted on every session

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
August 23, 2010 at 10:02:56
Specs: Windows XP
My History settings are set to keep my browsing history for 20 days. Nevertheless, everytime I close my browser the history log is deleted. Please note that I do not have the option to check or uncheck 'delete browsing history on exit'. I'm the only person using my laptop. This is confusing.

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August 23, 2010 at 10:19:42
Why would you want/need your browsing history (I assume temp internet files too?) saved for 20 days? Do you have some sort cleaning program installed that might be purging the files?

I have my "days in history" set to zero & run CCleaner after every browsing session.

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August 23, 2010 at 10:26:35
Jam: thx for your prompt response. I'd ideally like to find my URL addresses on the address bar, scroll down and click. I find that saving the history for 20 days suits my needs. I do not have any software installed that could be purging or deleting files. Mhhmm.

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August 23, 2010 at 12:16:46
What browser are you using?

For IE, the option 'delete browsing history on exit' should be in Tools > Internet Options > General tab. You seem to be saying that the option is not there, which is very strange.

There is a similar option in Firefox and most browsers.

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August 23, 2010 at 17:19:23
Hello Derek, I'm using IE7 at home and Yes, I know, it's strange! but believe me, there is no option at all... I use IE7 at work too and there I could see there is the option 'delete browsing history on exit' indeed, which adds more to the confusion. I just can't find the answer. Guys at work say it might be a virus or a setting... a virus I don't think so because I just ran my AV software... it is a setting...it has to be that. Anyway, thanks for your interest Derek .

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August 23, 2010 at 17:39:48
Well, you could try resetting IE I suppose, although you'll lose your add-ons:

Updating to IE8 might do the trick unless you prefer not to go that way.

I'm wondering if the hidden box is ticked (if you know what I mean LOL).

Try post #6 below first.

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August 23, 2010 at 17:49:04
Iacrus, Open IE>Tools>Internet Options>Advanced tab and scroll down to "Security" and make sure that "Empty Temporary Internet folder when browser is closed" is unchecked, click Apply/OK.


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August 23, 2010 at 22:10:27
Hello Tufenuf, I've gone thru that long and winding road already - no luck. Double - checked a minute ago and box is unchecked. This is starting to feel like the question from hell on a final exam. Man! Thanks anyway.

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August 23, 2010 at 22:18:05
Hey Derek, Did the reset jive a while back ago already.. I ended up upgrading to IE8. Did not help. Although I finally did get the option 'delete browsing history on exit'. This issue is not realy a big deal...I can still browse the net and everything BUT this matter has become personal. I can't believe I cannot solve this misery...it's gotta be a setting...don't know...

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