Microsoft’s secret record of every website visited on your PC ??

just had a look at the following at shashdot digg ..

Windows creates invisible, undeletable files listing all the websites the PC has visited. Not only every URL but also all of the email that has been sent or received through Outlook or Outlook Express is also being logged. This information is untouched …

so just to clear up the rumors here is some info about it ..Those files are wininet url cache containers.  They are basically just hash tables that are used to map urls to binary blobs of data.  In the case of the cache, the mapping is to the dos path of the cached filed.  In the case of history, the data is a blob containing dates, number of visits, etc.  There is one for cookies as well.  In IE7 wininet is a bit more aggressive in its cleanup when the browser asks for the containers to be cleared..

will be posting more on this keep watching ..

Source: Microsoft's secret record of every website visited on your PC!
Originally published on 8/3/2006 4:10 AM

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