By default, your internet browser will store information about the pages visited during an internet browsing session. This information can include anything from personal log-in information to information accessed on a specific website, or random on-site content. This can be a good thing (saving passwords etc) however, depending on the type of information saved by a browser it may put users at some security risks. This article will explain the safest and most effective methods for deleting your browser history and protecting your personal information.
Permanently Delete Browser Search History
There are several methods that you can utilize to permanently delete your browser history.
Clean Your Hard Drive
You can get rid of your browser history by using the Disk Cleanup
) tool to delete internet cookies and the history of your visited websites.
If you're a Windows
user, simply press the Windows
key + R
, then type in cleanmgr
to launch Disk Cleanup. Now, simply select the items that you wish to erase.
There is also a variety of software that can make the procedure automatic on most browsers. We recommend CCleaner
Clear Internet Explorer Browsing History (versions 8 to 11)
- Launch Internet Explorer and open the Tools menu. Then click Safety.
- Click Delete browsing history, select the boxes that correspond to the information you'd like to clear, and then click Delete to finalize the reset.
Clear Google Chrome Browsing History
There are several methods that you can use to clear your Google Chrome
The most straightforward way to clear your Chrome browsing history can be done by clicking on the Chrome menu
located in the top-right corner to access the tools menu and browser setting options.
Clear Firefox Browsing History
To clear your Firefox
browsing history, simply launch your browser and click the Library
icon > History
> Clear Recent History
Select how much to clear by selecting a time range in the Time range to clear
to select exactly which items will be deleted:
Click Clear Now
to reset your browser history.
Clear Microsoft Edge Browsing History
- To clear your Microsoft Edge browsing history, go to Settings and more > Settings > Privacy, search, and services.
- Under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear.
- Then, select a time range from the Time range menu.
- Choose Remove browsing history and click on Clear now.
Note: Clearing your browser history only helps you to delete the history that is locally stored on your computer, though it doesn't delete data stored on Google's servers. However, you can disable search engines to record your browsing history.
Stop Search Engines from Saving Browser History
Here are a few quick ways to prevent your internet browser from recording your session history.
Disable Record History on Internet Explorer
- Open Internet Explorer and go to Tools.
- Check the option Private Navigation to disable the recording of your browser history.
In activating this feature, both your internet history
and browser cookies
will be deleted when you close the browser window. This step must be repeated each time you launch the browser
Disable Record History on Mozilla Firefox
- Open Firefox and go to Menu > Preferences.
- Then, click the Privacy & Security tab, and go to the History section.
- In the drop-down menu next to Firefox will, choose Use custom settings for history:
Check the box next to Clear history when Firefox closes
To specify what types of history should be deleted, click Settings…
, located next to Clear history when Firefox closes
. Check the items that you want to have cleared automatically each time you quit Firefox:
After selecting the history to be cleared, click OK
, then close the window. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.
Disable Record History on Google Chrome
The only way that you can browse Google Chrome without the application saving your history is by browsing in Incognito Mode
To activate this, open Google Chrome, and go to the Customize and control Google Chrome
menu (three vertical dots) in the top-right corner of your browser window. Click New Incognito Window
This will open a dark grey browser with a message indicating that you have entered Incognito mode:
Disable Record History on Microsoft Edge
To disable history recording in Microsoft Edge, you have to browse in incognito mode. To do so, right-click the Microsoft Edge logo in the taskbar and select New InPrivate window.
If you’d like to improve your security settings and better protect your personal data
, read this article.
You can also clear your browser cache
for better security and efficiency of your computer.
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