Is it possible to prevent Chrome from saving history after you close

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  1. Eaglepi's Avatar
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       #21

    Callender said:
    @Eaglepi

    I have seen reports that some browsing history might not be cleared if using an older buggy version of Chrome browser so maybe just double check that it's up to date. (Latest version).

    I've seen other reports that if Chrome is synced to your Google account browsing information is stored there and won't be cleaned. Check that history is disabled from the Chrome sync settings, or stop syncing completely.

    (Assuming that you have a Google account)

    Turn sync on and off in Chrome - Computer - Google Chrome Help

    Have a read here too:

    Choose what info is synced
    Get your bookmarks, passwords & more on all your devices - Computer - Google Chrome Help

    I'm just guessing that this could be the issue.
    Chrome is up to date
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    I don't have sync on

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    this is so frustrating but I appreciate your help
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  2. Callender's Avatar
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       #22

    I don't have any other ideas so maybe others will have suggestions.
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  3. Eaglepi's Avatar
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       #23

    Callender said:
    @Eaglepi

    I have seen reports that some browsing history might not be cleared if using an older buggy version of Chrome browser so maybe just double check that it's up to date. (Latest version).

    I've seen other reports that if Chrome is synced to your Google account browsing information is stored there and won't be cleaned. Check that history is disabled from the Chrome sync settings, or stop syncing completely.

    (Assuming that you have a Google account)

    Turn sync on and off in Chrome - Computer - Google Chrome Help

    Have a read here too:

    Choose what info is synced
    Get your bookmarks, passwords & more on all your devices - Computer - Google Chrome Help

    I'm just guessing that this could be the issue.
    I guess I will just use a different browser, I do not want to turn sync on, I have 3 different Google accounts and I do not want sync tured on even for a few minutes. thanks for all your help
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       #24

    I'm not sure if it's enough resorting to those built in options in the settings or one of those third party extensions to clear history in Chrome. I personally learned the hard way a few years back Chrome stills retains your browsing history from eons ago (goes back several years) in some of these files with no extension.
    Code:
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Profile 1"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Bookmarks"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Chrome Bookmarks.txt"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Cookies"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Extension Cookies"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Favicons"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\History"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Login Data"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Media History"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Shortcuts"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Top Sites"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Visited Links"
    "Y:\HB\TMPF\CHROME\Web Data"
    This is in spite of disabling sync with my connected google account. I have since ditched Chrome and switched to FF. At least, FF gives you the choice of running a user profile from an encrypted location.
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  5. Eaglepi's Avatar
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       #25

    Can someone please explain why this happens


    No matter which way suggested in this original thread I have tried to stop Chrome from saving history, after everything all someone has to do is click on the 3 dots on the right top and go to history and the last 10 or so site visited show?
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  6. Callender's Avatar
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       #26

    No idea. Maybe try disabling all extensions if you have any and then test.

    Enable or Disable Extensions in Google Chrome

    Other than that try a reset:

    Reset Google Chrome to Default in Windows
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  7. Eaglepi's Avatar
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       #27

    Callender said:
    No idea. Maybe try disabling all extensions if you have any and then test.

    Enable or Disable Extensions in Google Chrome

    Other than that try a reset:

    Reset Google Chrome to Default in Windows

    No Luck, turned off all extensions and did a reset, then ran CCleaner and clicked the 3 dots and clicked on history and the last 8 pages I visited are in the history. I wish some of you would test this. It's easy to start typing in the search bar and see that no sites you've visited show up as suggestions, none do on mine but if you go to history fromthe 3 dots the history is still there
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  8. retexan599's Avatar
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       #28

    Try Incognito Mode?


    Has anyone suggested that the OP try using Chrome in Incognito mode? In that mode, no history is saved.
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  9. Callender's Avatar
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       #29

    I's say back up bookmarks (export to file).

    Import or Export Google Chrome Bookmarks as HTML in Windows

    Then completely remove Chrome to include leftovers. Then reboot and download and install a fresh copy. Like I said I only use a Chrome variant (Vivaldi browser or Chromium Edge) rather then Google Chrome so maybe someone could post details of how to clean install Chrome.

    It will likely involve uninstalling Chrome them checking for and deleting leftovers after temporarily enabling "show hidden files;

    Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives in Windows 10

    Check here and delete the folders if found:

    C:\Users\<YourUserName>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome
    C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome
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  10. Eaglepi's Avatar
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       #30

    Callender said:
    I's say back up bookmarks (export to file).

    Import or Export Google Chrome Bookmarks as HTML in Windows

    Then completely remove Chrome to include leftovers. Then reboot and download and install a fresh copy. Like I said I only use a Chrome variant (Vivaldi browser or Chromium Edge) rather then Google Chrome so maybe someone could post details of how to clean install Chrome.

    It will likely involve uninstalling Chrome them checking for and deleting leftovers after temporarily enabling "show hidden files;

    Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives in Windows 10

    Check here and delete the folders if found:

    C:\Users\<YourUserName>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome
    C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome
    Thanks Callender for all your help I did everything you suggested, most of it before your post. I have decided to try Vivalldi and I am sure there is a learning curve so wish me luck. The first thing I noticed that even though it has no tracking and doesn't save history why is there a history link that shows all the recent pages I visited even more detailed than Chrome. Is there a setting to turn off history?




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