Prevent Sneakies from Deleting Internet Browsing History

Think your spouse is hiding their tracks on the computer? Prevent them from deleting the browsing history with this great trick – for Internet Explorer Only.

Go to Start->Run and type in “regedit”. Click Ok to launch Windows Registry Editor. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel

If you get to the Microsoft key folder and don’t see keys for Internet Explorer\Control Panel, you’ll need to add Internet Explorer as a subkey of Microsoft and Control Panel as a subkey of Internet Explorer. Do this by right clicking the Control Panel folder and going to New->Key.

In the Control Panel folder, create a new DWORD value by right clicking and going to New->DWORD Value. Name it History. Now right-click the History value and choose Modify. Change the data from 0 to 1.

Now when you try to clear the history in Internet Explorer, the option will be greyed out!

3 Responses to “Prevent Sneakies from Deleting Internet Browsing History”

  1. Terry_Jim says:

    This doesn’t work in IE 8, the registry key change was retained as “1” but history is able to be deleted, and “InPrivate browsing” gives the kids a way around this too.
    I’m sure someone will have a fix soon.

  2. help seekr says:

    Excellent, tried it and it work, and the person is shitting their pants right now wondering wtf he should do to fix it.

    There are ways around it, but luckily the person is n00b.

  3. hawk125 says:

    I think there would be a few problems with this because to delete browser history you don’t just have to click on the delete browsing history button there are numorous other ways such as: you can also click on the day you want to delete so that the day opens but the directory (the day you “opened”) is still highlighted you can then right click using the mouse and select delete from the drop down box or you can just press delete on your keyboard also if you click on tools then click on delete browsing history but as i havent done any tests on this as of yet it would be intresting to findout if what you said also disables ALL of these methods.- Thanks for taking the time to read this -Hawk125

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