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    Run Menu (Windows XP)

    When I am in the run menu, if I type 'H', a bunch of URLS show up. I have three questions- how do I stop them from storing there, how do I get them deleted and where on the computer are they stored?

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    Re: Run Menu (Windows XP)

    I think they're associated with your browser history. If you're using Internet Explorer, select Tools | Internet Options... and click Clear History in the General tab. Be aware that this affects your browser too.

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    Re: Run Menu (Windows XP)

    That just merely clears out the address bar. I am trying to delete the saved visited URL's that seem to only show up in the start run command line. I have tried clearing by start, settings, start menu tab, customize clear and all that does is get rid of anything I typed into the run command line. I have also gone to clear forms under the content tab of internet options for autocomplete.

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    Re: Run Menu (Windows XP)

    I use a program called IE Privacy Keeper, from UnH Solutions, ITs free, and lets you control what you want deleted and when.
    Thanks John
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    Re: Run Menu (Windows XP)

    In Internet Explorer, select Tools | Internet Options...
    Activate the Content tab.
    Click AutoComplete...
    Clear the check box for "Web Addresses".
    OK your way out.
    The list will be cleared instantly.

    You can also use one of the many "cleaner" programs to remove the Index.dat file in the history folder - see the reply above mine.

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    Re: Run Menu (Windows XP)

    To clean Run MRU (Most Recently Used) list:

    1. Right-click Start button in the lower left corner of the screen and from pop-up menu choose Properties.
    2. Make sure that on "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" dialog "Start Menu" tab is chosen and click "Customize" button.
    3a. If you use Windows XP-style Start Menu ("Start Menu" radio button), on the next screen click "Advanced" tab and then "Clear list" button under "Recent Documents".
    3b. If you use Windows 2000-style Start Menu ("Classic Start Menu" radio button), on the next screen just click "Clear" button.
    4. Click OK and OK to close both windows.

    Your Run list is clear now.

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    Re: Run Menu (Windows XP)

    That's what I thought too, but it only clears the popup list that appears when you click the dropdown arrow, but not the autocomplete list that appears when you type a character (h for http in this thread).

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    Re: Run Menu (Windows XP)

    Why not try MRU-Blaster? It knocks out just about anything you'd want, and it's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> too!

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    Re: Run Menu (Windows XP)

    Thanks to all that replied. I am going to try the MRU blaster and hope for the best. I didnt really want to use a program. I was hoping to be able to manually delete this stuff. It just seems that there is no way to do that. When you turn off the auto complete, all that does is hide the info. If you turn it back on, you will see the info is there. And the right click on start option gets some but not all of the entries.

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    Re: Run Menu (Windows XP)

    Hello Ray,

    Oh, the joys of integrating the web browser with the OS! I was going to post a reply this morning, but was interrupted, just some thoughts about where the settings are stored etc. Numbers as your questions:

    1. I do not think there is an easy way to stop the OS from storing the URL's. It is kind of same as recently used documents; you can hide them from the start menu, but they will be collected, and showed if you turn on Show recent documents. Maybe Tweak UI or Group policy can stop maintaining recent docs. I know that Recent documents are far easier to clean, as you have tried via Start button Properties. For the record, it clears:

    the shortcuts to documents in "... Documents and Settings<User>Recent"
    and it clears Run history: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerRunMRU

    You can have this done at log off time (I use Tweak UI: Explorer - Clear document history on exit).

    Back to URL's; there has been tips about cleaning index.dat files and then write protect the files, I don't know if it works and don't recommend it now.

    2. How to delete, I don't know exactly but maybe:
    1. <LI>Clear History (IE - Tools - Internet Options - General tab) this will remove the URL's from:
      "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistory" and also in the registry
      HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerTypedURLs

      <LI>Delete index.dat files (this one can be tricky if they are in use, I suppose there are also tools for this also.
    3. Many have tried with Clear History/Clear Forms/Clear Passwords/Clear Documents, and as soon as they check the "Use AutoComplete for Web addresses" URL's will "pop up" and they can not be found in the registry. They are stored in the index.dat files.

    Example:
    AutoComplete Web addresses checked. In IE I typed www.wopr.com

    www.wopr.com > in registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerTypedURLs
    www.wopr.com > "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistoryToday"

    Three Index.dat files that gets updated (of 15 files on my PC):
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Cookiesindex.dat
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5index.dat
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5MSHist********index.dat

    Remove check "Web addresses":
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Cookiesindex.dat changed
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5index.dat changed
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5MSHist********index.dat changed to older copy

    Result 1:
    No autocomplete
    Still left in TypedURLs
    Still left in History Today

    If autocomplete Web addresses is turned back on, then wopr.com will be there; in Run and IE, as expected. AutoComplete Settings - Clear Forms; do nothing in this case (URLs).

    Step 2:
    IE - Clear History clears:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerTypedURLs
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistory" all history
    It Changes:
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Cookiesindex.dat
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5index.dat
    And removes the temporary folder (and index.dat file in):
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5MSHist********

    Step 3:
    With History (supposedly) cleaned, check AutoComplete Web Addresses:
    Index.dat files that gets updated:
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Cookiesindex.dat
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5index.dat
    This folder and file is created:
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5MSHist********index.dat

    No more www.wopr.com in IE Address bar or Run dialog, but I can find older URL's via AutoComplete left over. These are stored in the index.dat files somewhere. In my case I find them in:
    "... Documents and Settings<User>Local SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5index.dat which is bigger than any other of the index files.

    And also for the record, fwiw, I have never had any setting under AutoComplete checked (except during my test above), yet, as I mentioned, I find URL's if I enable AutoComplete Web addresses. Thus there seems no way to stop IE/Windows from collecting them, only is to uncheck Web addresses so you don't see them.

    Only thing I can think of is if there is a program that:
    -deletes index files when IE is closed,
    -in some way write protects index files,
    -or something else I have not thought of.

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    Re: Run Menu (Windows XP)

    Argus,

    Thank you for taking the time to write that response. It took about 6 hours of time to finally find something to work. A company called Eusing Software and their Free Internet Window Washer V 1.2 build 20051122 seemed to do the trick. After I get off the internet, I run this program, go to run, type 'H' and everything is gone. I am still left with the questions where and why, but for now I will have to go with I have found a way to destroy. Thanks again to all that offered up help.

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