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Windows 7: IE 9 history not saving, downloads not saving, nor cookies.

04 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
IE 9 history not saving, downloads not saving, nor cookies.

I am extremely new to computers and my son and I now have one. I believe he has made changes to his computer to hide his actions from me (hes 10 and knows more about computers than I),

*because his Internet Explorer history only saves sites sporadically it seems,
*and downloads are also not saving, and neither are cookies.

I'm sure other things are not saving as well.

*I have tried to reset his IE settings to default, and it did nothing.

I have noticed that the few cookies that are in his Temporary Internet files are all searches for Windows how-tos' involving Indexing his computer, Deleting Browsing History, and System Restore. I'm not sure if him messing with these settings could have caused his computer to not save anything, or what.

*Should I try to restore Internet History files first, and then try a System Restore? Or should I just do/or do not do a System Restore at all and try something else?

I'm really worried about what he might be hiding from me and would like to resolve this so I can monitor his computer use. Also, if there would be another part of the website I could post this that might be more helpful, Please let me know. Thanks

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05 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

He might be using the 'In Private' mode - this does not save any cookies, history, or anything at all. Downloads are still saved, though, but he can delete those just like any other file, of course.
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05 Mar 2012   #3

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

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You might try the option one, step 2 in this link.
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05 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 64 bit

CreepinJesus-- I should have mentioned before that it is definitely not in InPrivate mode, I've checked many times. His computer does not save anything I do on it, leading me to believe he is not deleting individual files
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