I’m in the process of doing some data-recovery and as part of that, I am using browser histories to get information about the source, filename, and timestamp of files that were downloaded over the years.
This is simple enough with Chrome; I just dumped the
Downloads table from the
History file (Nirsoft’s tool doesn’t seem to show downloads and seems to be limited with its timeframe). I haven’t used Firefox much, but Nirsoft’s tool should do it (though I prefer the flexibility of dumping the SQL myself).
Now the problem is with IE (no joke please). I used to use IE6 almost exclusively for many years until Chrome 0.2.149 came out. As such, many old files that I downloaded came from IE. I have my browsing history at least as far back as 2001 (I probably have some more in some of my old backups), so I want to get a dump of all of the files I’ve downloaded through IE (and optionally also the pages visited since that helps provide context).
I tried Nirsoft’s tool, but it doesn’t seem to show downloads. I looked around for a way to see the IE download history, and some people indicated that IE doesn’t have a dedicated history for downloads like Firefox and Chrome do, but I still need a way of getting that information.
I suppose IE’s regular history could indicate downloaded files (for zips, exes, etc.) but what about renderable files like photos? Opening a photo in IE doesn’t necessarily mean that the file was subsequently saved (though for my current purposes, that doesn’t matter; in fact, even visits are useful). But conversely, I have often downloaded a bunch of files by holding Alt and clicking on links (or right-clicking and selecting Save Link As) without actually opening the file. How can I find out those? Are those included in the regular history?
Does anyone know of an effective way to view a list of files downloaded with IE?