IE History Viewer
An interesting e-mail came across my inbox the other day. It was from a gentleman who wanted to “prune” his Internet Explorer’s auto complete history. Though I have never performed this procedure before, I naively thought that it would be a simple procedure and a good tip for our readers. So, I sat down and started doing a little research about this particular file and found that this feature has actually three different folders that it uses together to determine the history of your browser. Not only is the information spread out over three locations in your system, but it is also cryptic and very difficult to view.
As you can see, the task proved to be a little harder than I initially expected. So what do you do next? You look for a third party program that will hopefully grant you the capabilities to perform your necessary tasks. And of course, the next step is to find a third party program that can adequately perform the task for free. Well, folks, that is the Download of the Week’s framework, and by George, I think I’ve done it again.
Say “hi” to my new little friend, IE History Viewer. It is a small program that gives you the ability to manage yours and even others’ Internet History auto complete. IE History Viewer allows you to easily pull down and view your IE history in a legible table type of interface. Within this interface, you can sort, search, visit, move, save, delete and export URLs as easy as if they were text documents in a folder. The save and open features are really cool also. You can prune out your history list by getting rid of the undesirables and then save the URLs you want in a folder as an archive. You can also go through and simply delete an entry or two and leave the rest of the auto complete history intact. It’s perfect for shopping online for somebody else. It’s a good way to cover your tracks while you’re online without looking suspicious.
You are able to view the Internet history of any users on the system, as long as you are the administrator of that particular PC. You can also view the history on PCs that may be connected to the same local network you are. Again, you must have the administrator’s permission on the remote machine you wish to connect to. You can even run the IE History Viewer from a thumb drive, an MP3 player (only flash type of MP3 players) or even from memory cards, such as a camera card. How cool is that?
Well, there you have it. A cool little program that gives you some capabilities that are not originally found in Windows. Also, the program doesn’t really install. It runs in place without needing to place files on your system. This means there is no hard drive overhead, unless you start saving a bunch of history files on your system. And even then, they are saved as text, html or even Xml, so they don’t take up any room.
Download the IE History Viewer here: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/iehv.html
Note that the link is near the bottom of the page.