Delete history – Clear history

Delete browsing history

All information about the websites you visited is stored in browser history files. So, anyone who has access to your computer can see what websites you visited.

Most popular browsers provide special options to delete this historical data. In most browsers it is possible to select if you want to do it immediately or automatically on browser. You can also select if you want to delete all tracks or just individual items, such as visited websites , searches, Address Bar , cache, cookies and Form AutoComplete.

Some web browsers provide flexible options to manage your activity tracks. So, you can select how long you want to keep browser history or you can prevent you browser from storing tracks at all.

 

While surfing the Internet your browser records all your actions: each url you type in the Address Bar, every search string you enter in a search engine, information you enter when filling web forms, and more.

Windows remembers the list of most recently opened files, recent documents, which programs you have started, etc.

Different applications you use keep tracks of your computer activity in order to provide more pleasant computer experience. E.g. Word and Excel keep information about documents you recently opened and worked with, Google Toolbar remembers the words that you have searched for, and so on.

 

We are going to see how to delete history in internet browsers.

 

 

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 8.0:
Select Tools.
Select Delete browsing history.
Select necessary options and click the Delete button.

 

Internet Explorer 7.0:
Select Tools.
Select Internet Options.
Open the General tab.
Under Browsing history click the Delete button.
Select necessary options and click the Delete all button.

 

 Firefox

Firefox 3.0:
Open the ‘Tools’ menu and select ‘Clear Private Data’.
Put the check mark for necessary options and click ‘Clear Private Data Now’.
Click OK.

 

Firefox 2.x:
Select Tools.
Select Options.
Select Privacy.
Under Private area click Clear Now.
Select necessary options and click ‘Clear Private Data now’.
Click OK.
How to delete history in Safari
Select Edit, then Reset Safari.
Put check marks for history items you want to delete

Opera

  • Go to Menu -> History or Press Control + H.
  • You can remove individual browsing data selecting a row or you can remove all by selecting Clear Browsing Data
  • You can choose the time: past hour, past day, past week, last 4 weeks or the beginning of time.
  • You can choose type: download, browsing, cookies, cache, passwords, autocomplete form data.

 

Google Chrome

You can access in many ways:

  • Press Control + H,
  • Put in address bar chrome://history/
  • Go to Menu -> History.

Then you can select all or individual:

  • To clear all select the option Clear Browsing Data
  • To clear individual visited web select each of them and click on Delete.

 

Google toolbar

Google Toolbar remembers your recent searches so that you can easily find the things you searched for previously.

Click on the Google logo on the Toolbar to access the drop-down menu.
Select the “Clear Search History” option. This will delete all the previous searches from the drop-down box.

How to Clear Search History

Your browser stores a list of recent searches that you may want to delete. Also google store all your searches.

To protect your privacy and prevent others from seeing what you have searched you can delete searches or disable it.

we are going to see how to delete search history in internet web browsers and google.

 

Google search history with my activity

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Internet Explorer

You can use the Ctrl+Shift+Del combination or open the Tools menu and select Delete Browsing History.

Then select Form data and click Delete button.

You can also select to delete search history on a regular basis:

Select Internet options from the Tool menu.

Open the General tab and select Delete browsing history on exit.

If you want to prevent Internet Explorer from storing search history, you may enable the InPrivate Browsing option by pressing Ctrl+Shift+P.

 

Firefox

Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete and select Form and Search history and click Clear now.

To delete search history automatically:

Open Firefox and open the Tools menu at the top of the Firefox window.

Then select Options, click the drop-down menu and select ‘Firefox will’, then choose ‘Use custom settings for history’.

Select ‘Remember search and form history’ and check ‘Clear history when Firefox closes’.

 

Safari

Open the Edit menu and select Preferences.

Then open the AutoFill tab and click Edit next to Other forms. Highlight individual websites and then click Remove, or click Remove All.

 

Google Chrome

Select Tools, then check Clear Browsing history and click Delete All.

and Automatically:

Select Tools, then check Clear Browsing history automatically and click OK.

 

Internet Explorer

For Internet Explorer select Tools and then Browser History.

Check the Delete Browsing History option and click Delete All.

 

Automatically:

Select Tools and then Browser History.

Check the Delete Browsing History option automatically and click OK.

 

Private Mode

If you don’t want your browser to record by default the web pages you visit and the searches you do, you have to choose private or incognito mode. Most of the browsers have this option to surf the web privately.

 

Definitions

As you surf the Internet, your browser records information about the websites you have visited, information you have entered on web pages, what you searched on the Internet, what images and videos you have seen, what files you have downloaded, and more.

In many cases activity stored on your computer is useful as it speeds up Internet surfing, helps to automatically suggest information you have typed before, so you don’t have to type it again, making computer experience more convenient. But browser tracked data may seriously compromise your privacy as it contains details about each url you type in the Address bar, every search string you enter in a search engine, information you enter when filling web forms and other details you don’t want others to see. In addition, browsing data may take up a lot of space that can cause your browser to operate slower than usual.

You should regularly delete this information to keep your web browsing private, free up disk space and optimize your computer’s performance. But deleting history tracks is a tedious and time consuming task. Some kinds of tracks can’t be deleted manually without special software as they are stored in different system areas not always visible by standard means and can’t be removed manually. Furthermore to protect your privacy, you should clean tracks every time you use the computer.

In this case you can use software that can automate this task and remove some or all of history tracks from your computer automatically or any time you like.

 

Reasons

There could be many reasons for deleting history from your computer.

Your computer records everything you do while working with different applications or surfing the Internet. So, anyone who can access you computer is able to know your web surfing history, images and videos you have seen, documents and files you have just opened and so on.

Computer history takes up lots of space on your hard drive that could slow down your computer. So deleting it not only keeps your computer usage private but also improves your computer performance.

 

Clear all history

In order to provide a more pleasant computer experience Windows and the programs you run track everything you do on your computer.

For example, web browsers remember every website you have visited, what you have searched for, what you have downloaded and so on.

Windows remembers what you have run, saved or searched, what documents and files you have opened.

Not only web browsers and Windows, but different applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Windows Media Player, Acrobat Reader and others keep everything you do in them.

So, to keep your web browsing private, free up disk space and optimize your computer’s performance, you should regularly clear all traces of your computer usage.

 

 

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