How to Disable Private Browsing

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Disable private browsing in your Web browser.
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Private browsing is a feature that Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome provide to protect your privacy while surfing the Internet and block websites from tracking your online behavior. However, if you want websites to remember you, if you want your browser to store your preferences and history, or if it's necessary for parental control, you do have the option to disable private browsing.

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Disable InPrivate Browsing in IE

Step 1

Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
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Press the Windows and R keys together from any screen to open the Run dialog box. Type gpedit.msc to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.

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Step 2

Choose Internet Explorer.
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Click Computer Configuration to expand the list in the Console Tree and click the Administrative Templates folder. Choose Internet Explorer from among the list in the Windows Components folder.

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Step 3

Double-click Turn off InPrivate Browsing.
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Click the Privacy sub-folder in the Internet Explorer folder and double-click the Turn off InPrivate Browsing setting in the window on the right side.

Step 4

InPrivate Browsing is disabled upon clicking OK.
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Click the Enabled radio button and click Apply to apply the setting. Click OK to complete the task. The InPrivate Browsing option under Tools in the menu bar of IE will turn into an un-clickable selection after you apply this setting, thus disabling private browsing.

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Disable Private Window in Firefox

Step 1

Click Add to Firefox.
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Open Disable Private Browsing Add-on with the Firefox browser and click the Add to Firefox button.

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Step 2

Click Install Now.
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Click Install Now in the dialog box.

Step 3

Click Restart Now.
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Click Restart Now in the pop-up after the installation is complete and wait for Firebox to reboot in order to apply the change.

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Step 4

Choose New Private Window.
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Choose New Private Window from the Open menu to test the result.

Step 5

Firefox's Private Browsing is disabled.
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Confirm that private browsing has been disabled.

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Disable Incognito in Chrome

Step 1

Click Disable.
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Open Incognito Gone while using the Chrome browser and click Disable for the Google Chrome (Incognito Mode) option in the Incognito Gone dialog box.

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Step 2

Click Yes.
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Click Yes to confirm the change. This change is irrevocable. Do not disable Incognito unless you want it to be disabled permanently. If you find later that you want Incognito back, you will need to uninstall and reinstall Google Chrome.

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Step 3

Incognito has been disabled.
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Open Google Chrome and check the Customize and control Google Chrome menu. New incognito window no longer exists.

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You can recover private browsing by deleting the add-on in safe mode in Firefox. Click "Open Help Menu" in the Open menu and choose "Restart with Add-ons disabled..." in order to remove the "Disable Private Browsing Plus" add-on from the "Extensions" section.

To recover private browsing in IE, return to the Turn off InPrivate Browsing window and select the "Disable" radio button. Click "Apply" and "OK."

When browsing in Safari, you can use Parental Controls to limit sites that can be visited, but there is no equivalent to the private browsing options that IE, Google Chrome and Firefox have.

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