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I am writing a small program the runs when ever i click on an internet explorer icon, and waits for all instances of ie(IEXPLORE.EXE) to stop, at which time it should delete all items in the history folder, cookies folder, and temporary internet files folder, however, I cannot seem to get it to delete the files within these folders. I have tried to use the exact folder names for my account, using the CLSID codes for them, and even using the windows code, if that's what its called. Examples of what I have tried are below.

;AutoItSetOption("TrayIconHide", 1)
$PName = "ClearIE"
If WinExists($PName) Then
    Run("C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE", "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer", @SW_MAXIMIZE)
    Exit
EndIf
AutoItWinSetTitle($PName)
Run("C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE", "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer", @SW_MAXIMIZE)
ProcessWaitClose("IEXPLORE.EXE")

;First attempt
FileDelete("C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\History\*.*")
FileDelete("C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Cookies\*.*")
FileDelete("C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Temporary Internet Files\*.*")

;Second attempt
FileDelete("::{FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000}\*.*");History Folder
FileDelete("::{7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}\*.*");Temporary Internet Files Folder
FileDelete("::{BDEADF00-C265-11d0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\*.*");Web Folders

;Third attempt
FileDelete("%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\History\*.*")
FileDelete("%USERPROFILE%\Cookies\*.*")
FileDelete("%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.*")

TrayTip("ClearIE", "IE history, cookies, and temporary internet files have been cleared.", 3, 17)
Sleep(7000)

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You have put some V2 coding in this example.

Maybe you could try one of these ?

;First attempt
FileDelete("C:\Documents and Settings\" & @USERNAME & "\Local Settings\History\*.*")

;Third attempt
FileDelete(GetEnv("USERPROFILE") & "\Local Settings\History\*.*")

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In IE6, there is an option to delete temporary internet files on close. You can probably set that flag through the registry if you use IE 6 (May be IE6 SP-1...). Also, I don't think you'll have much luck deleting the temporary internet files without iterating through every single file, I think index.dat is always locked so FileDelete will fail.

The history should be easy to delete, though. You can use JdeB's method, except instead of EnvGet("USERPROFILE") you can just the @UserProfile macro.

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Thank you both, I had wondered about index.dat, and discovered its protected status only recently, I will look for that registry entry, as it will be helpful, and hopeully with the revised history deletion, that will work too. The one problem that I solved myself was that of the Cookies folder, for that(which has a protected index.dat) i chose to delete all .txt files, as there are no cookies to my knowelege that are not .txt files.

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I have tried the methods suggested for deleting the history with no success, is there some alternative method I might try? The only other thing I could think of was to right a batch file and see if that does the trick. Also, to let others know, the registry tweak to force IE to delete temporary files on close does not work as shown in the few Windows tweaking sites I have found: Instead of deleting the temporary files, Windows instead places them in several folders, however, the files themselves are very much intact. To reiterate, I am asking for any method to remove the IE history throught Autoit (aside from actually opening up the IE menu and choosing to clear the history) Thank you.

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If you want to use only AutoIt (No batch or DOS commands) then it will probably be a nightmare to code. You'll need to recursively delete each individual file using FileDelete (Find them through FileFindFirstFile and FileFindNextFile). You might also want to sprinkle a DirRemove onto each directory and hope it will remove the directory to save some time. Jon has written a recursive delete similar to this, you might give that function a try first. But it'll probably be slow the first time because their will probably be thousands of items to delete....

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Might not help, but look at alternate browsers like Mozilla Firefox.

Numerous extensions are available. One called 'X' "adds a toolbar button from which you can quickly clear privacy sensitive data, specifically: history, form info, saved passwords, download history, cookies, and the cache (both disk and in memory cache)."


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thanks for all y'alls help, im nearly finished with it(i just need to find the way to clear the typed url history, as I have found it to be in multiple places in the registry. To solve the history, and temporary internet files problem, i wrote a batch file, and a windows script file which hides the batch file execution(both of which I based of code i found online) which i call from the script, works well.

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thanks for all y'alls help, im nearly finished with it(i just need to find the way to clear the typed url history, as I have found it to be in multiple places in the registry. To solve the history, and temporary internet files problem, i wrote a batch file, and a windows script file which hides the batch file execution(both of which I based of code i found online) which i call from the script, works well.

Can you send me your end result?


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Can you send me your end result?

not sure if you incorporated it in yours, but when i made one of this type of script, i also wanted to get rid of the typed urls (the ones that show under the address bar when you expand it out)

the typed urls are listed at

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs

in the registry of course.


1100111 00001011101111 00011101101111 00010111100100 00001111110100 00110111110010 00101101111001 0011100i didn't make up this form of encryption, but i like it.credit to the lvl 6 challenge on arcanum.co.nz

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