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InternetExplorerIcon Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]Do you think your girlfriend/boyfriend is cheating on you? Are your children visiting webs and you don’t know anything about?

Many features we find in modern software are very useful, but sometimes, is complicated to know what they actually do.

InPrivate Browsing is of this kind. The name itself drives to confusion. If you haven’t read about it, you might think is a sort of protection over your privacy on Internet.

To complicate the things a bit, the browser even comes with two new modes with similar names, InPrivate Browsing and InPrivate Filtering.

This is what Microsoft tell us about InPrivate Browsing:

“InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer 8 helps prevent your browsing history, temporary Internet files, form data, cookies, and usernames and passwords from being retained by the browser, leaving no evidence of your browsing or search history.”

The key point is no leaving traces so there is no possibility someone discover what you are browsing. It seems like the ideal mode to use in a shared PC.

As we can see  it doesn’t enhance your personal security but at least prevents others to obtain your browsing history from the computer.

I am going to test if it really does what it claims.

First we are going to erase any evidence, on Internet Explorer go to Tools tab:

IEToolsInternetOptions Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

Select Delete…, a list of check boxes will appear:

IEDeleteBrowsingHistory Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

These way the browser history disappears. Just pressing Ctrl + H to see it:

IEErasedHistory Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

Okay, now I am going to use two programs to try to look for traces.

Systance Index.dat Analyzer

Piriform Recuva

As you may notice these programs are free. We are now to navigate using InPrivate mode for a web to see if we can find traces. I have chosen BBC site, but it really doesn’t matter.

InprivateBbcCoUk Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

Here we see how the history browsing looks:

IEBrowsingHistoryWithGoogle Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

Google appears because is the Home Page but there is no traces of bbc.co.uk at least here.

RecuvaIcon Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]Using Recuva to find deleted files

Recuva is an awesome tool to find erased files. So, if Internet Explorer has tried to erase his traces just deleting the files we are going to find it.

Before using this software we need to prepare the operating system to show us every file that is in the computer. For this we go to the Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization and select Folder Options. Once you are there select the view tab, check Show hidden files, folder, and drives and uncheck Hide protecting operating system files.

Temporary internet files are stored in a system folder so we need to show these sort of files.

Recuva starts a Wizard when you first open it. We select to look for other files so it will look for all kind of files. You have to select where to find for the files. Temporary files are stored for Windows XP:

%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

For Windows Vista, 7:

%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files

If you find this complex you can select the “I’m not sure” option and the software will look everywhere.

The next windows ask if you want to select Deep Scan, you have to check it. This way there are more chances that you find what we are looking for.

RecuvaScanningForDeletedFiles Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

Once it’s completed, you have to order the files by date:

RecuvaScanningForDeletedFiles1 Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

Indeed, as you can see is easy to know that someone has been at bbc.co.uk, and you can recover every file that was deleted from the temporary folder.

Maybe, you think that this is not important but it is not complicated to delete those files without leaving traces but Internet Explorer have chosen the generic and more easy way.

IndexDatAnalyzerIcon Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]Using Index.dat analyzer

Index.dat are files used by Internet Explorer to store information about your browsing objects.

What exactly does this mean?

Index.dat is the method that Internet Explorer uses to control temporary internet files. This way knows if a file is from one web page or another. This file works as a database that informs the program when a web was accessed and every file that was part of that site.

The history also is saved in a index.dat file.

First time you run the program it will look for every index.dat in your system.

If you delete the Browsing History, as we did at the beginning of this article, the information of these files are erased.

But what happens after our test?, remember that Internet Explorer only shows that someone has visited Google.com.

If we select the following file:

%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Low\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat

bbcCoUkTraces Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

This appears because I typed bbc.co.uk and not www.bbc.co.uk, this is important because if the web page use this sort of links more traces appears. Looks what happens with cnn.com:

IndexDatCnnTraces Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

I have even found more traces on other file:

%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat

IndexDatTraces Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

I get this last trace because Internet Explorer delete this in a very slow way. It finally gets deleted, but in one case it takes more than a minute to do it.

So InPrivate is not so private after all and you can easy know what have browsed.



 Hack InPrivate Browsing [How To]

About Angel Luis

I am an Engineer of Telecommunications that love computers. My first computer was a Commodore 16kb, about 25 years ago and since then I am always fighting computers problems. Please visit my entries and ask me about whatever problem you have, I will be pleased to help you. My email is discoveryourpc [at] gmail [dot] com. You can follow me on twitter @agenlu or read my blog www.discoveryourpc.net

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Comments

  • Frank

    I’m not sure I understand – what was the point of this “article”?
    IE sucks? My girlfriend sucks? Your English sucks?
    Seriously, I get that folks oughta know Internet Exploiter retains info – but is there just no proof-reading anymore?
    This might the most poorly written thing I’ve seen in a while – and I’m on the webs.

  • Lou

    For the first time I have found that this program is truly one of the best. It does what it says it will do and more , I have sat at my computer checking every hard drive that I have used in my computers in the past and ran this program sometimes waiting several hours for the results. I was amazed to find that even files that could not be recovered were still listed in this program and I was sometimes able to view at least some portion of the contents. This is a program that I believe everyone should get And donate some dollars to keep these guys going. as for the other programs available on there site they are the best,do what they say and best of all free! My hats off to you guys and by the way I never write any comments for any products so with that said I am impressed. thank you Lou

  • http://discoveryourpc.net Angel

    Thanks for the comment.

  • Bukkworm

    why disturb the privacy of others

  • http://discoveryourpc.net Angel

    For that reason is important to know that Inprivate Browsing is not so private.

    Thanks Bukkworm.

  • Q-tee70

    tried to download rescuva and it’s NOT free

    • http://richr.org/ Rich

      Please use this link: http://www.piriform.com/recuva

      It’s here.

    • http://twitter.com/taylorling Taylor Ling

      Hi,

      Recuva and all other software from piriform are still freeware, although now they do ask for support by purchasing their software by giving out priority support. Go ahead to download from filehippo.com or piriform.com as stated in their download page.

      • adrian sweeney

        went to that site and it still is not free ?

      • http://richr.org/ Rich

        Hi, if you scroll down a little (ignoring the big “buy” button), you’ll see the free link: http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/standard

  • iwonder

    Paranoid?

    • http://discoveryourpc.net Angel

      Thanks for the comment, but what do you mean?

  • Curious

    Are these 2 programs the only way to look for traces or is there a method to look for traces without the need for these programs?

    • http://twitter.com/agenlu Angel

      There are more programs that can help you to look for deleted files.

      These programs are free so what is the problem?

      • Tlinkogle

        Are these programs discreet? Or will someone else accessing the computer be able to see that you are accessing the inprivate browsing history?

      • http://discoveryourpc.net Angel

        Discreet they don’t leave any traces

    • http://twitter.com/agenlu Angel

      Thanks for the comment.

      These tools are designed to run after so you cannot do exactly what you want.

  • http://discoveryourpc.net Angel

    You can use the same program to permanenty delete them.

  • Amysweeney

    Looks like you havent been on here in a while… but I’m a little confused every time I try and go download the software it says it costs 24.95 ??? and you stated it was free ? is there a different website for to download it ?

    • http://richr.org/ Rich

      Hi, if you scroll down a little (ignoring the big “buy” button), you’ll see the free link: http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/standard

  • http://forum.mintywhite.com/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=8824 UVAIS

    Thanks   Angel Luis :) 

    • Angel

      Thank to you for the post

    • Angel

      Thank to you for the post

  • Bryar-ahmed

    i downloaded it and it find all this data but when i recover it doesnt open and nothing comes on the preview for anything it has found

    • http://discoveryourpc.net Angel

      This is because Recuva cannot find the data it have been overwritten.

  • guest

    When I try to use the filename you have listed for windows 7 it says that it does not exist help please!!

    • a dude

      ….try following the steps again….don’t over think it

  • http://richr.org/ Rich

    It depends what you deleted with CCleaner. I am not too familiar with CCleaner but I don’t think it “scrubs” the drive by default so you should be able to recover data. It may be difficult to recover browsing history (assuming history refers to this) but it’s worth a try.

  • M0nkey01234

    thanks for your help, time to go beat soon to be ex bf’s ass. :)

  • Luvmysoccer

    is it possible for popups to automatically show up when you are in privatebrowsing?  I found an opened sexsite on my spouses computer and wonder if this is a popup or is that possible in privatebrowsing?

    • http://richr.org/ Rich

      Yes, it’s possible still; in addition to adult sites, viruses, compromised/hacked sites, “gray” area websites etc. may also display adult-themed popups.

  • Blues11

    Hi Angel, how can i view inprivate browsing in Safari? I tried your suggestions above but the sites viewed via safari don’t show up, only the deleted Explorer files. thanks!!

  • frustrated

    I had uploaded the Recuva and was wondering how to list the browsing history in order by date? Also what’s the difference between the different colored dots on the left; green, red, orange? Is there a easier way to find just the name of site visited under the file name. I don’t understand the gibberish with the sqiggle lines underscore ect. I just want it to show what websites were visited and list in order by date in the inprivate browsing. I’m trying to see what my boyfriend was looking up. Thanks

  • C M

    how good is temp file cleaner combined with ccleaner? Are you saying if you click delete history it will clear traces but just takes up to a minute or two?

  • anger much

    VAT? SORRAY I AINT NO TECHY

  • Traciesmale

    Hi can u help me my husband has iprivate on his computer,do u download it yourself if not how do u get it on your computer???

  • niki_lauder

    you make it look so easy….but after I ran the Recuva a bunch of nr. shows on but how do I see what they are? how do I open the files found?
    Thank you!


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