windows - Browser with strong incognito mode?

  • OverTheRainbow

    Google Chrome's Incognito mode does remember a lot of things, so it's a not a good solution when you need to access a site from a truly fresh state. I tried SRWare's Iron recompiled version of Chrome, to no avail.

    I also tried Firefox in Private Browsing mode, but some sites still manage to know I'm a returning reader.

    Is there a browser for Windows that provides true incognito mode?

    Thank you.

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  • Bryan

    Regardless of your browser, there are surprising things that make you identifiable on the internet beyond your browser, like your public IP address and the number of fonts you have installed on your computer. If you go to Panopticlick You can gain an understanding of how identifiable you may appear and in what ways. I would suggest using tor project as MDMoore suggested or possibly doing some research on a VPN. Also maybe look into using bootable live CD's, so that no traces of cookies, flash cookies etc are stored between boots. Finally, as linked on the EFF's site, you should read this to gain further understanding of the subject: .

  • BigHomie

    I don't know what you're planning on doing, but Tor is probably about as incognito as it gets, it stores all your files inside a local database file, not to mention sends your traffic through the Tor network. You want the Tor Browser Bundle, it's based on Mozilla.

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  • d3vid

    Search results for this question contain nothing but arguments for and against. Please take those up in another forum. I want to know is there an option, extension or hack to disable private browsing mode in each of the following browsers?

    • Apple Safari v?+ (Private Browsing)
    • Google Chrome v1+ (Incognito Mode)
    • Internet Explorer v8+ (InPrivate Browsing)
    • Mozilla Firefox v3.5+ (Private Browsing)

    OS-agnostic solutions preferred.

    Depending on the use-case, alternate tools like traffic monitoring, OpenDNS or NetNanny might be valid, but they are not relevant to this question.

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  • DudeManDeuce

    OK I'm presuming you;re using Windows...

    In Internet Explorer:

    Click Start, Run. (or in the search bar for Vista or W7) Type GPEDIT.MSC and hit ENTER Go to:

    User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer / Privacy

    Turn off InPrivate Browsing:

    In Firefox:

    Open up your hard drive (c://)(or in the search bar for Vista or W7) through the 'start; run' route. go into program files, go to mozilla firefox, then components.

    NOW, make sure you are searching for all files under 'files of type'.

    Then, you will be able to see "nsPrivateBrowsingService.js"

    Right click and DELETE!!!

    That won't remove the controls, but they won't work any more. If you want to hide those Menu items: Add this code to userChrome.css below the @namespace line. See

    #sanitizeSeparator, #privateBrowsingItem, #sanitizeItem {display:none!important;}
    #privateBrowsingAutoStart {display:none!important;}


    I'm unable to help you on the Safari one as I have never really used it for any length of time and I'm unable to find any references to turning it off in Chrome.

    Edit - Creating a DWord reigstry key called IncognitoEnabled with a value of 0 in the registry folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome seems to disable incognito browsing. Thanks to Imomata for that one.

  • imoatama

    You can disable Incognito Mode in Chrome with a simple registry tweak. In regedit.exe, create the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome, with a single dword value, called IncognitoEnabled and with value 0.

    When you next start Chrome the New Incognito Window option will be greyed out.

    Or you can create .reg file by opening up notepad, pasting the below in and saving it as eg incognito.reg. Once saved just double click the reg file to inport it.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00