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We have four different machines that all have "Empty Temporary Internet Files when browser is closed" set to true (checked) in IE8's Internet Options (located under the Security section in the Advanced tab). No one remembers checking that checkbox to turn on the setting. What is the default value supposed to be? I'm specifically interested in Windows 7 and Windows XP.

I have run rsop.msc on one of the corporate machines—3 of the 4 are members of a corporate network/domain—and see this under User Configuration, which makes the current scenario seem even stranger:

Resultant Set of Policy - for the user

The Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) also shows the Configure Delete Browsing History on exit setting to be Not configured (under Computer Configuration>>Administrative Templates>>Windows Components>>Internet Explorer>>Delete Browsing History).

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The default for "Empty Temporary Internet Files when browser is closed" is disabled (not check-marked).

Most likely somebody turned it on as they probably wanted to cover their tracks for some reason, so they're also probably not going to admit they did it. :)

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I turn it on because that is where malware loves to hide. – Moab Sep 27 '12 at 16:00
do you know of anywhere that this default is documented? – schellack Sep 28 '12 at 15:23

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