Name: Joe D.
Date: May 2002
When search engines as Google brings up information, I
see it appearing or recorded under "HISTORY" and held there for a
specified time. What happens to all that information then? Is it trashed
somewhere? Is it recoverable? If so how? Does it land up on hard drive
also? I have a Millennium 2000 computer. Thank you. I just recently
discovered your "Ask A Scientist" Program and I think it is terrific.
Joe, this is a great question. When using Microsoft Internet Explorer to
browse the web, one of the features bundled into this program is the
ability to save your history of visited web pages. Web pages have a unique
identifier that is used to locate them on the Internet, this unique
identifier is called a URL, (universal resource locator) some times URLs
can be quite large and hard to remember. That is why Internet Explorer
will save them for you, in your "History" folder. Internet Explorer by
default will save them for 20 days, you can configure this setting to what
ever you would like. The history information is saved on the hard drive
and can be recovered if necessary.
I hope this answers your question.
Thanks for using NEWTON.
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