Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?

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  1. Posts : 285
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    Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?


    (Please click this image https://i.imgur.com/JubfrEw.png to see what I wanted to ask, this forum auto convert links to clickable links and I am unable undo the links into text url, so what I written here might not be clear. Update: I learned how to post text url and updated this post with text url instead of clickable links, ignore image above and just read the sentences below will do.)


    Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?

    I typed in google.com into url bar of internet explorer browser or firefox browser, after pressing enter url bar automatic redirect to https://www.google.com/#spf=1588302839499 , see this example video of internet explorer https://imgur.com/BzOTlj7

    I typed in google.com into url bar of chrome browser or edge browser or opera browser, after pressing enter the url bar shows https://www.google.com/ which seems normal.

    What does those text #spf=1588302839499 mean?

    Please tell me what is happening? Did I get some malware virus or is it normal?

    Thanks a lot.

    How to prevent forum auto convert url text to clickable links?
    Last edited by comcom; 01 May 2020 at 21:12.
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  2. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
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    You also having it remember your past browsing history.

    Set everything in Edge, Explorer, and Chrome to not keep your browsing history.

    I use Chrome, I use Google as my home page, and it never shows past history. No list ever pops up.

    The only list that should show up is your links you already have on your PC.

    I have no idea why it`s adding letters to google.com, it`s never happened to me.
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  3. Posts : 198
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    If you think the url thing is weird, take a look at the source code for Google - here's about 1% of it

    Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?-page_source.png

    what are they trying to hide with no indents ?

    duckduckgo, in comparison, is just a hundred lines of stuff like this

    Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?-duck_source.png
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  4. Posts : 6,677
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #4

    As far as I know it's for tracking. You can use extensions to remove it.

    Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?-google.jpg
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  5. Posts : 6,677
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
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    Also see this screenshot from Vivaldi (Chromium)

    Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?-google-vivaldi-browser.jpg
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  6. Posts : 6,677
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
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    comcom said:
    How to prevent forum auto convert url text to clickable links?
    Use Go Advanced:

    Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?-go-advanced.jpg

    Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?-go-advanced-2.jpg
    Last edited by Callender; 01 May 2020 at 09:53. Reason: fix quote
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  7. Posts : 6,677
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  8. Posts : 285
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit x64 Version 22H2
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    Callender said:
    As far as I know it's for tracking. You can use extensions to remove it.

    Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?-google.jpg
    Who is tracking me? What are they tracking?

    Any idea why the problem only happen in internet explorer browser or firefox browser but did not happen in chrome browser or edge browser or opera browser?

    Internet explorer does not have extensions.What is the extension used in your screenshot?

    What extension do you need to install to remove it?

    If I need an extension to remove it, it seems like it is only "covering up" the problem instead of curing the root cause of the problem.

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    Callender said:
    Also see this screenshot from Vivaldi (Chromium)

    Why does google url add some letters at the end after I press enter?-google-vivaldi-browser.jpg
    Sorry can you explain what is the purpose of this screenshot? Thanks.

    What is that extension and for what purpose?

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    Callender said:
    Sorry I am a noob, what is going here and what is this screenshot about? Thanks.
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  9. Posts : 6,677
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #9

    I don't use IE. It's removed from my system so can't help. Screenshot was from Vivaldi browser with Trace Pro extension cleaning tracking elements from URLs.

    How to stop online tracking | Vivaldi Browser
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  10. Posts : 6,677
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #10

    If you've been using the internet for years and didn't know about tracking then my advice is don't worry about it.

    Some tracking is inevitable anyway. Stick to one browser and learn how to use it and configure it. Then use other browsers only if the functionality needed in your main browser doesn't work for a particular site or task.
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