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Windows 7: Unusual IE8 Explorer History Entries

15 Nov 2011   #1

64 bit Home Premium
 
 
Unusual IE8 Explorer History Entries

I am new to Windows 7 and have noticed my IE Explorer history contains quite a few odd entries that are usually bracketed as follows { }. Within the { } are a seemingly random set of numbers and letters divided by dashes. For example {1234-AB12-YZ456789AB etc.}. Any ideas on what these are ?

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15 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Do you use any kind of third-party system cleaners, and did you ever clear your IE history this way before?

I would imagine that these are history entries that Windows/IE "forgot" about, meaning they're missing from the index.dat file...so the history no longer knows how to display them with their actual date/time and the link.

That's just an educated guess, but it's probably a harmless anomaly. Try clearing your history (properly, from the Internet Options control panel) and then observing if this happens again later on.
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15 Nov 2011   #3

64 bit Home Premium
 
 

I have cleared history as you have said before and do not use any third party cleaners. I wondered if they were tracking cookies.? There seem to be a large number of them.
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15 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Some programs use IE to render HTML pages within the application (Outlook, for example), and then these pages show in the history of IE. It could be something like that, perhaps?
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15 Nov 2011   #5

64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Aha, Creepin, you could well be right. I use Outlook a lot and quite a few emails require me to right click to download embedded pictures. It is quite likely that. I will check and see specifically if they appear fter such downloads. Thanks for the lead.
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15 Nov 2011   #6

64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Indeed Crepin,
I reckon you have solved my problem. I opened an email with such pictures, then went to a regular IE favourites site, then another email, then another site etc. and, sure enough, between eack known site, where I had opened an email, there were some of those strange history references. Many thanks - it had me worried.
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15 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Didn't even think of that! Good catch CreepinJesus
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16 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yay Glad I could help!
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22 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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25 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
Didn't even think of that! Good catch CreepinJesus
Made me take a look at his system specs. Interesting mouse, PSU, cooling (I have the same fan), and other info.
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