Clearing your internet history varies from browser to browser. This article will describe the process for each of the major browsers. It's best to skip to the section that involves your internet browser of choice, as many explanations may be repeated.
It's also a point of note that many of the current browsers now have a private browsing option that does not record internet history or accumulate cache.
Firefox 3 â€“ In the top main menu bar of firefox under Tools is where you find the Clear Internet History option. Above this is the Private Browsing option. When this is selected you will enter a private browsing mode which does not record any cookies, history, ect.
If you would like to change your default option for the internet history, go to Edit and then Preferences. Here you can not only change your defaults, but erase cookies. Cookies are a type of internet history which is categorized seperately in Firefox from the main history.
Internet Explorer 8 â€“ The history menu in IE8 is located in the top menu button at the right, called Saftey. When you click this option it brings up a dialog box giving you different options of history to checkmark. The first three options, Temporary Internet Files, History, and Cookies, are the most common history options that you may want to select.
Becareful about the last menu item called, Preserve favorite website data. This may or may not be an option you want to select.
Like Firefox, IE8 has an option for setting your default internet history. This option deletes history upon closing the browser. If you would like to configure this option go to the Tools button in the your top menu panel. It is to the top right corner and to the right of the Saftey button. Then select the last button in the Tools menu called, Internet Options. Here under the section titled Browsing History is a check box Deleting Browsing Upon Exit. You must check this and hit apply at the bottom for the settings to take effect.
Google Chrome â€“ To delete Internet history in Google Chrome first go to the menu item in the upper right side of the screen that looks like a Wrench. This is similar to the Tools button in IE8 and it is where you can set various settings in Chrome. From here click on History. This brings up your entire internet history which is searchable by date. To the right of each date is an option to delete the internet history for that date.
If you find this process to tedious, go to the Wrench once more and then to Tools. From the menu window that is brought up, click on the upper tab called Under the Hood. The most obvious option here is the large button under the Privacy Section called Clear Browsing Data. If this is selected it will bring up a window giving variosu checkboxes to select for deletion.
If you would like to set your default browsing history options, click on the Content Settings button to the left of Clear Browsing Data. Under the Cookies tab, There is an option checkmark box called, Clear cookies and other site data when I close my browser. This will do exactly what it describes. It is a preferable option if you would like to keep your browser history clean, but remember if you select this you cannot later search your own history if needed, as it will be blank.
If you have any suggestions for improving this article, leave a comment. I will improve it accordingly and as Browsers update. I will be adding a section for Safari section shortly. If you would like more information on deleting your history please browse the works sourced provided. However these sources provided may go out of date as browsers are updated often.
For Google Chrome â€“ Click on the Learn About Google Chrome button on the page provided in source to learn more about it's security features.
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