Subscribe

Get the Network Administrators tool pack

Subscribe to our newsletter and get 11 free network administrator tools, plus a 30 page user guide so you can get the most out of them.

Click Here to get your free tools



Recent Posts

Search

Archives

Prevent users from deleting IE History

by Steve Wiseman on April 23, 2010 · 1 comment

in IE,IE 7,IE 8,Tips,Tools,Utility,Windows


.

I got a question this week from a reader:

Steve, we have a locked down environment and I have just about everything set the way I want it, but I still need to find a way of keeping users from deleting their Internet Explorer history. Sometimes we need to do a review of their computer if they get infected with a Virus, or Spyware. Any way to easily do this?

There is a way to do this, but I will start out by saying that a determined user will always find a way around it – either by using an alternative browser, or finding the cached files on their hard drive.

The first way is to dig into the registry. Create a key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE under this path:

Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel

Once you have created the key, create a dword value under it named:

DisableDeleteBrowsingHistory

Disable Delete Browsing History Registry Entry

To disable, set it to 1. To enable set it back to zero.

We have also added this to Network Administrator:

Disable Delete Browsing History Network Administrator

It is a free download (For up to 3 computers at a time) from here:

http://www.intelliadmin.com/NetworkAdministrator.exe

Much easier than tinkering with the registry.

Back to Internet Explorer – Lets look at how it changes IE. Before we made our change, the security menu had the delete browsing history option:

Disable Delete Browsing History Before

Right after the registry key was created and set (Restart of IE required), it is gone:

Disable Delete Browsing History After

So there you go. A simple way to prevent users from deleting their browse history – not perfect, but it can work well in most situations.

One more thing…Subscribe to my newsletter and get 11 free network administrator tools, plus a 30 page user guide so you can get the most out of them. Click Here to get your free tools

Related Articles:

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

1 john February 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Still not work, may need register key to activate it.

regards john

Leave a Comment

Ask 27.com - Category Links - Windows Forum - Exchange Forum