Make Firefox forget about a site, 3.5 style

One of several new privacy improvements and features Firefox 3.5 will bring is the ability to forget about a particular web site we have visited. In the Library, we will be able to right click on a history item, select Forget About This Site and Firefox will remove all entries related to that site from your history right away.

You can do the same thing and more with Close’n forget, a Firefox extension developed by Benoit Bailleux. Select  Close and erase cookies for the current site from the context menu and you will get the same privacy boost described above.

Even further, you can set it to only have pages visited in the current tab to be forgotten and whether to include or not subdomains.

Close'n forget

While an item in the tab context menu seems like a more natural place to access this feature to me, Close’n forget is a handy way to get more control over what Firefox knows about you.

Get if from Mozilla Add-ons.


  1. Alan March 25, 2009 7:45 am 

    It would be great if you could access FF3.5′s Forget About This Size from somewhere like the identity pop-up or the Page Info rather than having to open the library/history, wait for all the items to close and then nix just the one you’ve just left.

  2. The Far Edge » Blog Archive » Close’n Forget Removes Browser Tracks of the Site You’re On [Downloads] March 25, 2009 6:02 pm 

    [...] We know just how embarassing it can be to have your friends or loved ones find out about your secret Scanwiches fetish. Keep Close’n Forget installed, and you won’t have to wipe out everything on your browser, just the dirty, mustard-stained traces of a single web indiscretion. Close’n Forget is a free download, works wherever Firefox does. Close’n forget [Firefox Add-ons via Mozilla Links] [...]

  3. dan July 17, 2009 11:56 pm 

    forget Fire Fox , It crashed 3 times on me ,They just want Bill gates $$$ MONEY$$$

  4. dan July 17, 2009 11:59 pm 

    Your comment is awaiting moderation ( Because If I post this I will be fired by Mozilla )

  5. primetech August 4, 2009 5:21 pm 

    Wow. Just a few notes to you other commenters…

    Far Edge: “Close ‘n Forget” is no longer necessary because Firefox 3.5 also has private browsing, aka “porn mode.”

    dan: The Department of Homeland Security recommends you not use IE because it’s bad. Actually, most of what you said made no sense…

    Firefox 3.5′s security features make private browsing about as easy as it can be — from the new and improved “Clear Browsing History” to “Forget this Site” (for the little oops) to Private Browsing. Hooray for Firefox 3.5!

  6. southside August 8, 2009 8:07 am 

    I just love guys like Dan; they do such a great job of making me look like a freaking genius.

    ‘Cause regardless of whatever inane babble I might consider posting online for one and all to read, (which would ultimately prove quite embarrassing down the line), someone like Dan has already blathered it to one and all.

    So, thanks Dan, and keep up the good work.

  7. tookie August 18, 2009 1:41 am 

    Net nanny is smarter than private browsing. I win. :)

    • susie March 7, 2010 4:45 am 

      Does Net Nanny keep track of visited sites while surfing in privacy mode?

      • tookie March 17, 2010 11:50 am 

        It does,and it blocks access. Firefox warns you that your ISP or network manager can still tell what sites you’ve accessed

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