An interesting feature available on Internet Explorer 8 is the Autocomplete dropdown in the Address bar. For obvious reasons, you might wish to delete the autocomplete history in order to save and protect your privacy. Autocomplete has got a special cache which stores all your previous searches so that as soon as you start typing something on IE8 address bar, it will return you with a complete list of your previously visited/typed URLs. Now, the issue with such a feature is that, sometimes, no matter what you clear, delete and erase. The autocomplete feature will return with your previous searches. This behaviour is due to the fact that Internet Explorer 8 uses Windows Search to index and cache your visited sites. Windows Search is a completely new feature which is not located on Internet Explorer thus it is useless to clean the browser only in order to delete your searches. Let’s see how to turn off autocomplete with a simple trick and have your Windows 7 completely wiped out from any “embarrassing” Internet data.
- Open Internet Explorer 8.
- Click the Tools Button.
- From the drop down menu, click the Internet Options link (it should be the last one on the menu).
- Click the Tab content.
- Click the Settings button under the Autocomplete section.
- Uncheck the Use Windows Search for better results checkbox.
- Now, click the Delete Autocomplete History…button to delete and clean any search query leftover.
- Click OK.
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