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How to Get Rid of Browsing History

For those of you who are not aware that you are literally tracked through the internet, this is a guide to clearing your tracks so to speak. Whenever you connect to the internet, any page that you visit is automatically stored in a temporary file on your computer, this is the browsing history. The thing is, anyone can trace any site you visited with this information as it is given very clearly. Temporary files are also stored for easier access, if you happen to visit the same page again it loads faster and saves you a lot of time.

The zinger here is that even though you may clear your temporary internet files, there is something that cannot be erased and this is known as your index file. This though is ok as it is harder for someone to access it and it will do for now to erase your temporary internet files. How to do this and where your files are stored vary from what type of operating system you are using and what internet browser your are using.

If you are still using Internet Explorer, it is a fairly simple procedure. You can open a web page and on the upper left hand corner on the menu bar you will see a tab called ‘Tools’. Click on this tab and a drop down list of options appear. You will have to select the ‘Internet Options’ and after you have done this, a small dialog box comes up that has a multitude of options. Under the ‘general’ tab you will see an option for internet options.

A tab called ‘Delete’ files is visible, click on it and another dialog box will open up. After reading the instructions check the box which says ‘delete all offline content’ as well. If you have never actually cleared your temporary files for months or years together this may take a long while, be prepared to occupy yourself. After this is done, you will notice that there are other options that include: delete cookies, clear history and others. Click on all of these and delete them one by one. All your tracks have now been deleted.

The above instructions are for internet explorer browser, if you are using Firefox browser, open up a page and from the menu bar on the upper left hand side, select tools, from the drop down list box select options, and then click the privacy tab. From the dialog box displayed there are a number of options, the main difference here though is that the ‘temporary internet files’ is replaced by the word ‘cache’ which is typically the same process, delete the files and wait.

If you are using Netscape browser, after opening up a page, from the menu bar on the upper left hand corner select a tab called ‘edit’ from the drop down list box and select ‘preferences’ as a new dialog box will appear. There will be a clear disk option on the right hand side, select that to clear your temporary internet files from that. After this has been done, a confirmation message will appear in the form of a pop up. To finish, simply click on ‘ok’. There are of course the added options of clearing the history as well, to do a thorough job of cleaning it is advisable to clear it.

For the permanent index files though, if you are really keen on getting rid of them, there are software available that do this for you. You can search online for an appropriate software or check with a computer dealer in your area who will provide you with suitable privacy software.

1 Comment

  1. Okay. I’ve followed your instructions, yet whenever I type in the first couple of letters for something, it reappears on the drop-down history bar. For example, when I type “ne” into the URL, newgrounds.com appears below the URL. What am I supposed to do?! I’ve deleted the history manually and by your instructions a dozen times, but it won’t work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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