I do want Internet Explorer to maintain a history for websites I visit (e.g. to enhance performance with caching and provide quick access back to places I've recently visited)
However I have never, ever wanted Internet Explorer to track history for files it didn't even open!
e.g. when I view
xml files, videos,
doc files, spreadsheets etc... by "launching" them from elsewhere in Windows (e.g. Windows Exploring (the file manager, not the browser), or from Firefox, Chrome, etc. when they pass along a file to be handled outside the browser).
I'm open to running scripts daily to purge the bogus entries but ideally a one time regedit or similar fix would be preferred.