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Firefox Browser Auto-Cleanup (How to Set)

How to set Firefox's built-in Auto-Cleanup
Published by lehnerus2000
01 Jul 2010
Default Firefox Browser Auto-Cleanup (How to Set)

Please Note:
This tutorial applies to Firefox 3.6, 4.0 & above
It may not be applicable for earlier versions.

Description:
Firefox can be set, to automatically cleanup various items, which may be loaded onto your PC during Internet browsing.

These items include:
  • Browsing History
  • Download History
  • Form & Search History
  • Cookies
  • Active Logins
  • Cache
  • Saved Passwords
  • Site Preferences
  • Offline Website Data
  • Some Add-on History and/or Settings
Do not track option added in Firefox 5.0


Step 1

In Firefox 3.6 select "Options" from the "Tools" menu.

In Firefox 4.0 & above select "Options" from the "Options" entry in the "Firefox" button (see picture).
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Step 2

Select "Privacy"

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Note:
Firefox 5.0 & above uses a slightly different layout (see second picture).


Step 3

Select "Use custom settings for history" from the drop-down menu.

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Step 4

Click the "Clear history when Firefox closes" Check box.

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Step 5

Click on the "Settings" button.

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Note:
Firefox 5.0 & above includes a new feature, "Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked" at the top of this window (see second picture).


Step 6

Choose your desired options.

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Various add-ons may add options to this window.

In this example, "Tab Mix Plus" and "DownThemAll" have Check boxes.

Step 7

Click on the "OK" button ("Settings for Clearing History" window)

Step 8

Click on the "OK" button ("Options" window)

Firefox should now auto-cleanup (your chosen options) when you close it.


Disable Auto-Cleanup

Select "Remember History" from the drop-down menu.
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Updated 25 January 2012

Updated 13 January 2012
Updated 23 June 2011
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09 Aug 2010   #1
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Update - Firefox 4.0 & 5.0

Firefox 4.0 & 5.0 seems to use the same system as Firefox 3.6.

The setup procedure uses the same dialogue boxes.

Firefox 5.0 includes a new feature, "Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked".


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11 Feb 2012   #2
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Great work lenerus.
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