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Clear Your Browser History Automatically When Firefox Closes

Do you share a computer with other family members or friends, or with co-workers at a workplace? When surfing the web in Firefox, you may not want the next person to use the computer to know what sites you have visited.

Firefox allows you to automatically clear different types of history when you close the browser. The settings are quick and easy to change. To begin, select Options from the Firefox menu.

NOTE: You can select Options either on the main Firefox menu or on the Options submenu.


On the Options dialog box, click Privacy on the toolbar at the top. Select Use custom settings for history from the Firefox will drop-down list.


More options display under the drop-down list. You can select what types of history Firefox remembers and whether Firefox accepts cookies from sites. You can also manage cookies from this dialog box.

To automatically clear your web history when you close Firefox, select the Clear history when Firefox closes check box. Click the Settings button that becomes available.


The Settings for Clearing History dialog box displays. In the History box, select the type of history that you want cleared when you close Firefox. You can also have Firefox automatically clear other types of data, such as Saved Passwords and Site Preferences. Click OK once you have made your choices.


Click OK on the Options dialog box to close it and save your changes.


Now, you don’t have to worry about clearing your web history, such as downloads and cookies. Once you are finished with your Firefox session and you close the browser, the selected types of history will be cleared.

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 04/20/12

Comments (4)

  1. steve w.

    Yah but with Firefox since like version 1.5 up it has this constant data collection clinic going on in it with the *sqlite*.* files which are far worse than googles collecting and you still have to secure erase the users/name/appdata/local/mozilla folder daily to stop it from growing. Some versions had a sqlite.dll in the /appdata/roaming/monzilla folder and in the install directory that has to be saved. Don’t delete the sqlite*.dll files.

  2. Gil

    Use “IE Privacy Keeper” and it’ll take of more than just the Firefox browser. I use it with FF and IE9 – works like a charm.
    I wonder if Ccleaner does all that this article mentions.

  3. genko4025

    Why isn’t there an option like this in Chrome???

  4. dany

    Thanks for sharing the information about Clear The Browser History Automatically When Firefox Closes

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