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    Regular files showing up in IE history

    I happened to look in my IE history this morning and was shocked to find, for the past week or so, that all the files I had edited on my desktop, having nothing to do with the web, were listed as IE files and can be opened from the history by double-clicking. FireFox, my default browser, does not show this behavior.
    Is someone grabbing my files? Neither Malwarebytes nor SE have indicated any virus/malware, but this has me worried.
    A perhaps entirely unrelated phenomenon has been active for about a year, which is that every time I open IE (not bvery often), an Favorites folder appears on my desktop. I just delete them, not knowing what could be causing it.
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    This unwanted behaviour is due to the close integration between IE and Windows Explorer.

    IE is showing your recently used files.

    You can reduce, but not entirely eliminate, this troublesome "feature" by turning off recently used files: Right click the Start button, Properties, Start Menu tab, and uncheck both Privacy options.

    You might instead want to set IE to delete History on exit ?

    I wonder how many users who use another browser are aware that IE is collecting your usage history regardless ?

    Anyway, I expect the data has already been sent to MS through their secret telemetry - who knows, they don't publish what they grab from your PC.

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    Thank you. I never saw it before. I'll turn off what I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinM View Post
    Anyway, I expect the data has already been sent to MS through their secret telemetry - who knows, they don't publish what they grab from your PC.
    For Windows 10, Microsoft has recently published what data is sent through their telemetry: [Windows 10, version 1703 Diagnostic Data - incorrect link; corrected below]
    Last edited by BruceR; 2017-04-15 at 18:16. Reason: Wrong URL!

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    Thanks Bruce.

    That's a long article, and it references more detail here: https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/...r-organization

    There are lots of examples of the sorts of things that are collected but not really a definitive list.

    Diid you spot the references to Windows as a Service ?

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    PS for the OP:

    CCleaner can be set to delete Recent Documents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinM View Post
    Thanks Bruce.

    That's a long article, and it references more detail here: https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/...r-organization

    There are lots of examples of the sorts of things that are collected but not really a definitive list.

    Diid you spot the references to Windows as a Service ?
    My apologies. I included the correct title but the wrong link. What I meant to provide is here: Windows 10, version 1703 Diagnostic Data

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    Thanks again Bruce, and WOW, what a list - including:

    • Content searches within an app
    • URL for a specific two second chunk of content if there is an error
    • Text typed in address bar and search box
    • Text selected for Ask Cortana search
    • Auto-completed text if there was an auto-complete
    • URLs (which may include search terms)
    • Whether user is known to be a child
    • . . . .


    Orwellian

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