By default, an 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.
Depending on the type of information saved by a browser, the storing of this information 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 run a 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.
from the dropdown list and then select Clear browsing data
In the dialog box that appears, check the option that reads Delete browsing history
. If you'd like to completely reset your internet history, you may choose the from the beginning
option under Delete items from
. Click Clear browsing history
to perform the reset.
Alternatively, you can use a keyboard shortcut to quickly clear your Google Chrome browsing history. Simply press [Ctrl]
to reset your history.
You can also copy and paste
this path into your address bar:
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.
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 that reads 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 repeated each time you launch the browser.
Disable Record History on Mozilla Firefox
and go to Menu
. 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 gray browser with a message indicating that you have entered Incognito mode:
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