How to Delete History of Visited Sites From a PC

By default, your Web browser keeps a record of the all the websites you visit and stores their addresses on your computer so you can have quicker access to the same websites again anytime you want. While this makes for speedy Web browsing, it also leaves your Web trails exposed to the world, especially if you are using a public computer. Following some simple steps, you can delete your history of visited sites and maintain your browsing privacy.

Internet Explorer 8

Launch Internet Explorer and click the "Safety" menu located on the top of the browser window. Scroll down the menu and click "Delete Browsing History" to launch the history console.

Select the following check-boxes: "Temporary Internet Files" and "Cookies and History." Clear the "Preserve Favorites website data" box.

Click "Delete." Internet Explorer will delete your browsing history.

Internet Explorer 7

Launch Internet Explorer 7 and click the "Tools" menu located on the top of the browser window. Scroll down the pop-up menu and click "Delete Browsing History."

Click the "Delete Files" button next to "Temporary Internet Files." Click the "Delete Cookies" button next to "Cookies."

Click "OK" to close the browser history management console.

Firefox for Windows

Launch Firefox and click the "Tools" menu located on the top of the browser window. Scroll down the pop-up menu and click "Clear recent history."

Select the time range you want to clear history from in the "Time range to clear" drop-down menu. If you want to clear everything, select "Everything."

Click the drop-down arrow next to "Details," and select the elements to clear. For example, check "Cookies" to clear cookies, or check "History" to clear history. Click "Clear Now." Firefox will delete your browsing history.