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How to Disable Private Browsing in Firefox, Chrome and IE

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The 21st century is characterized as the ultimate technological era. Even though technology has been successful in bringing to light a well defined set of pros, on the other hand, unfortunately a large array of cons have also been exposed. We can easily come across a number of black activities including cyber crime, which is on the rise of late. One of the options that tends to play a central role towards increasing the dominance of these activities is none other than the “Private Browsing” alternative.

What is Private Browsing?

Let me first make the concept of Private Browsing clear to you. At a very basic level, Private Browsing is considered to be one such option that can allow you to browse the Internet without highlighting the websites that have been visited by you. Moreover, if you put this option into action, then in that case all details regarding your browsing history will automatically be hidden from any other user who tends to operate your computer or laptop. Moreover, this particular option is believed to come out as the best saviour for all those people who tend to visit objectionable websites and like to keep the information associated with the same under the veil.

Need for disabling Private Browsing:

This has become an area of major concern not only for parents of young children who happen to operate the Internet, but also for all the socially responsible civilians who wish to operate in a virtually secure environment. The good news here is that you can now easily contain this limitation by simply going ahead and disabling the Private Browsing option available floating on a number of browsers such as the likes of Firefox, Chrome as well as the Internet Explorer.

How to Disable Private Browsing on Chrome & Internet Explorer:

How to disable private browsing

Let us now move our discussion towards uninstalling Private Browser in Google Chrome and the Internet Explorer. The best way to disable Private Browsing in Chrome and Internet Explorer is to go ahead and simply launch InCognitoGone. One outstanding feature associated with this tool is that it is made available absolutely free of cost. This tool is known to allow you to permanently delete the Private Browsing option. In short, once deleted you cannot re-install this option again in future. If you decide to run this tool on Chrome or Internet Explorer, as soon as you hit on this tool a small box will be displayed that would put two options in front on you, one each for the above mentioned two browsers. Before proceeding with the final action a warning will flash on the screen alarming you regarding the permanent exclusive of this option from your respective browser. All you need to do is click on the “Yes” option and Private Browsing will be gone forever.

Incompatibility of InCognitoGone with other browsers:

Initially, this tool was also capable of initiating a similar action on Firefox. However, it was noted that even after disabling the Private Browser in Firefox using this tool, users were able to re-install the same in no time. This rendered InCognitoGone completely unfruitful for Firefox. A similar fate was witnessed even in the case of Safari.

How to Disable Private Browsing on Firefox:

As far as Firefox is concerned, you can easily get your hands onto this popular add-on namely “Disable Private Browsing Plus”, which is believed to help you to get rid of the Private Browsing option directly from the main menu. The best part about this add on is that even if any user tries to reinstall the Private Browsing option for his or her private use, this option won’t get installed and instead will project a message stating that the “Private Browsing has been disabled”. All said and done, if this is initiated none of the users will be able to do away with the browsing history at large. The only way to reverse this installation would be to simply go ahead and run Firefox in the Safe Mode.

Before installing the add on:-

you can see “New Private Window”

Private browsing

After installing the add on:-

you will not see the option to start private browsing

no more private browsing in firefox


More about InCognitoGone:

InCognito Gone is known to be developed by this famous web and software developer William Wood. At a very primary level, InCognito Gone comes across as a free tool that tends to play a central role in helping you to permanently get rid of private browsing. The best part about this program is that it tends to sport an absolutely user friendly interface. Statistics state that this particular tool has been downloaded from Wood’s personal website around 3000 times coupled with umpteen number of downloads from other file sharing websites as well. All in all, this tool has come to become every worried parent’s best friend. Though this program has been successfully working in association with Chrome and Internet Explorer, it has failed to achieve a similar fate in case of Mozilla Firefox because of a new update that was unveiled by this particular web browser.

!Young guys will be angry with this post but parents will be happy to see this! 😛 Hope you have learnt how to disable private browsing in chrome, firefox and IE.

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Atish Ranjan

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  • Oh! tha’s a great and new information for me Atish 🙂

    I know about Private browsing which helps to hide the browsing history as you explained.

    But the details which you’ve provided linked with the disabling of private browsing is quite interesting for me to read.

    Yeah, people sometimes needs this good option for some valid reasons. Will try it now.

    Keep sharing the curious tech stuffs Atish!

  • Hi Atish,

    Informative post indeed 🙂

    You are right, parents like us would be happy though the teens and kids would not like it! However, a lot also depends on how your kids are raised and how much do they really visit such sites. And you are right, it’s not just for teens or their parents, but any responsible citizen.

    I agree, that as the kids grow into their teens, keeping a track of ALL their activities become tough for parents, especially where surfing online is concerned. I’d written a post on Teen Cyber Safety a few months back, which made me explore further on this matter and find certain tools and plugin that one can use as parents.

    Yes, this is a major cause of concern for parents, and I’m glad you have shown us this wonderful way we can take care at home.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice weekend 🙂

    • Yes, this post is gonna be hated by kids but its good for parents as they can keep track to an extent if there will be no private browsing stuff. But still kids are so techy they can find a way! 😛

      Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts on this.

    • If you want to keep track of your kids activity on computer than instead of disabling private browsing mode, i would recommend you to install a keylogger or safe browsing script like gaurdian. Using this type of script will automatically block the sites which you have mentioned or according to their database.

  • Haha . But the smart kids will always be able to do what ever they want ! And there is still a thing called “Deleting History” and “Clearing Cache” :p . Inchinto Mode just does this thing automatically and they have to do it manually !

    • Yes you are right but when they delete history then also parents can figure out that they did wrong hence deleted the history. But yes I agree kids are smarter than ever they can do anything they want.

  • Its important especially for parents to block/disable this option of private browsing as they would be unaware of their childrens internet activities if they have kept this enabled on their browsers ..the add-on Disable Private Browsing Plus is the best available option to disable this option .Thanks for sharing the information .


  • Hi Atish,

    I only recently heard about private browsing, from another post – never even knew the option existed!

    I don’t need this feature myself, but I think it’s great that you’re letting people know about it – I think the easy access to some pretty awful material must be a big worry these days for parents, and at least this is one way they can have some control over what their kids get up to online. It’s not just the porn sites – there are sites promoting violence or inciting kids to commit suicide, some really nasty stuff.

    A great share 🙂


  • Hey Atish,
    wow…….whats a great surprise. i never listen about this type of setting, so it’s really surprising thing for me. this is very needed option for the user sometimes during sharing there system with other. i am going to try this amazing setting. you have again shared a impressive Article here. so, thanks again…!!

  • Hey Atish,
    Good article surely these tips will help many parents to keep their children s from above 18+ sites!

  • Great Info!!! Still now i know only the advantage of Private Browsing. Thanks for your Info Bro.. 😀 😀

  • I was never aware about this tool. Thanks for sharing this with us. this will surely help parents like me so that i can keep a track on my child’s online activity.
    Thanks again.

  • Someone can of course build Firefox with PBM disabled. I think you’d just need to insert a preflock for PBM-disabled at startup; I’ve used preflocks recently in this way, and they seem to work!

  • OMG! private browsing has so much importance i came to know about after reading your article and thanks for commenter who doesnt made absurd comment,even comment was informative.
    Thank you for your time and effort to summarize everything for the audience

  • Hey Atish It’s great which i know about private browsing not crossed this information about the add on would like to try out and one question if we uninstall it will it the option will come back

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