Delete Internet History

Deleting your Internet History erases the records of websites you have accessed.

What is Internet History?

Your computer records all your Internet activity by saving them in your Internet History. It also saves other computer activities in your hard drive.

Your browser notes all actions while you surf the Internet. Every URL typed in the address bar and every word/phrase or search string in a search engine (Google, MSN, Yahoo, etc.) is saved.

Windows also retains a list of your recently-accessed files, documents, and programs.

The various applications you use keep track of your activity to add convenience to your computer experience. Conversely, this data can also compromise your security and privacy. Other users can access your private data.

Delete Internet History in Internet Explorer

  1. Go to the Tools Menu. Bring up the Internet Options tab. Select ‘Delete all.’ You can delete separate items after accessing them through the View Files button
  2. From the same tab, select ‘Delete Cookies’
  3. From the same tab, select ‘Delete Files’
  4. From the same tab, one can also erase saved form and password information. Click on AutoComplete located on the Content tab. Click on Clear Forms and Clear Passwords.

Delete Internet History in Firefox

  1. Press the ctrl-shift-delete keystrokes and check for information to erase. This information may be in the form of cookies, form/password data, passwords, or temporary files. For example, you can delete specific items by going to Tools and clicking on Options, Privacy, Cookies, and View Cookies.

Note that not all history tracks can be cleared manually. Some need special software because they are stored in different areas that are not visible through standard means, and thus cannot be pinpointed and deleted manually.

For these cases, various free tools that remove such information (such as Spybot) are available on the Internet.

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