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Old 12. Oct 2013, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for a Windows 8 Phone Cleaning App

Hi, I've been looking for a suitable app for easy cleaning of junk files, history etc. on a Windows 8 Phone without any success.

I'm specifically looking for a solution to the problem that, when using the available option to delete IE browser history, it doesn't delete the record of recently typed url's.

Any suggestions appreciated.
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Old 15. Oct 2013, 02:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well it seems there is no easy solution for deleting the record of typed url's in IE on Windows Phone 8. Even on the Windows 8 OS for PC this task requires editing of the registry!

I'm actually researching this for a friend who has recently bought a Nokia Lumia 925.
I've asked him to try a couple of alternative browsers which apparently offer more privacy options in comparison to IE.
For those who may be interested, the two that look most promising to me are :-
UC Browser
Incognito Browser

I've also failed to find an app designed to perform general cleaning of junk files on Windows Phone 8.
Likewise, I cannot find any VPN apps available (either paid or free).

It looks like Windows Phone 8 has a long way to go if it's ever to catch up with iPhone and Android.
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Old 15. Oct 2013, 08:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well it seems there is no easy solution for deleting the record of typed url's in IE on Windows Phone 8. Even on the Windows 8 OS for PC this task requires editing of the registry!
Well, on my Windows 8 PC, I saw that option to clear browser history, cookies, forms (which is what is required in your case, I think), etc is there, like other browsers. So, I don't think you need to edit the registry or anything.

Clearing private data, history, cache, cookies, forms, etc. is available in browsers in Android too. I will be quite surprised if such a setting is not there in the IE on Windows phones. Should be there. If it's not, something is seriously wrong with these Windows phones
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Old 16. Oct 2013, 11:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, on my Windows 8 PC, I saw that option to clear browser history, cookies, forms (which is what is required in your case, I think), etc is there, like other browsers. So, I don't think you need to edit the registry or anything.
From what I can gather, even if you use the built in option to clear browsing history, it still doesn't delete the record of url's typed directly into the address bar.
So, when you start typing a url, IE still offers you a list of url's you've previously typed in.

At least that is what my friend is telling me is happening with his new Windows 8 Phone although I have not seen it in action myself yet. Maybe between us we are getting our wires crossed!
I think I need to get my hands on the phone myself in order to see exactly what's going on.
I may also have got confused with the bit I mentioned about the need to modify the registry, it looks like I could have been mistakenly reading an old article referring to some older versions of IE. Sorry about that

Thanks for the reply Anupam, it seems that there's still surprisingly little interest in Windows Phone 8 in comparison to Android and iPhone. Maybe it's still too new, but as I said before, it looks like it's got a long way to go to catch up.
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This thing with auto-suggest seems to be a common annoyance with a lot of browsers and Windows versions. I'd check first that you have the correct boxes ticked in the History - Delete dialogue.

Failing that, if you just want to stop the URLs appearing then you can disable auto-suggest, alternatively you can delete them individually from the list that appears when you start to type, using the red X to the right of the suggested URL.

A bit of a pain I know, so as a last resort, typed URLs are stored all in one place in the registry if you're confident about mucking about in there. The relevant location is "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs" where you can delete the lot or just individual ones. You'll need to restart IE afterwards for the edit to take effect, and you might also want to check locations for other users too.

*Edit - Just adding sorry, the registry method works for me with IE10, W7. That's not for a phone though of course ...

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I'd check first that you have the correct boxes ticked in the History - Delete dialogue.

Failing that, if you just want to stop the URLs appearing then you can disable auto-suggest, alternatively you can delete them individually from the list that appears when you start to type, using the red X to the right of the suggested URL.
Thanks for the tips.
When I get my hands on the phone (belongs to a techo-phobic friend) I'll see if they're available on Windows Phone 8.
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