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Internet History: How to Get Rid of It Completely


If you are on a shared computer, or simply want to keep your searches to yourself, learning how to delete your Internet usage history is an easy way to accomplish that. In addition to erasing any trace of your travels online, you'll also free up much needed memory space on your computer, which could possibly cause it to run more efficiently. Note: you don't necessarily need to be connected to the Internet to delete your history; these steps will work while you're offline.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Five minutes

Here's How:

  1. For the purposes of this tutorial, we're going to use Windows Vista as our default operating system. Find your Windows Start button, located on the taskbar. Click on that button.
  2. Click on the Control Panel link. A window will pop up with a wide variety of options. Look for the "Internet Options" icon. Click on that.
  3. In the middle of this window, you'll see "Browsing History: Delete temporary files, history, cookies, saved passwords, and web form information." Click the Delete button. Your Internet history is now deleted.
  4. You can also delete your Internet history from within your browser.

    In Internet Explorer, click on Tools-->Delete Browsing History-->Delete All. You have the option of just deleting parts of your Internet history here as well.

    In Firefox, click on Tools-->Clear Recent History. A pop up window will appear, and you'll have the option of picking just parts of your Internet history to clear, as well as the timeframe you'd like to clear it in (the last two hours, the last two weeks, etc.).


  1. If you are on a shared computer, such as in a library or school computer lab, it's always a good idea to clear your Internet history. This is for your security and privacy.
  2. If you are not on a shared computer, and want to delete your Internet history, be mindful that this will not only clear where you've been online, but also any cookies, passwords, site preferences, or saved forms.

What You Need

  • Connection to the Internet (optional)
  • Internet Browsers, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox

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