How To Clear Search History

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Your computer tracks every single activity performed by you while surfing the Internet. The cookies, back button of your browser, graphics cache and history file can hold data that can help one to trace your Internet activities. Unless you clear this data either manually or by using some software, your browsing activities are stored in the computer. So, any person who has the right to use your computer would be able to know all about your web surfing habits, videos and images that you have viewed, files and documents that you have just opened and a lot of other things. If you don’t want everyone to know about your browsing habits and want to uphold your privacy, you should do everything that’s feasible to clear your search history and keep yourself protected.

Perhaps you are now wondering how to clear search history. Well, you need not worry as we offer some tips here to make your task easier. If you are using Internet Explorer 7, use the following steps to erase your search history:

  • Select "Tools" and then choose “Internet Options".
  • Next, opt for the tab marked "General".
  • Click the "Delete" button that appears under "Browsing history" region.
  • To clear Address bar history (the list of web sites visited by you), select “Delete history" and then click on the button labeled “Yes”.


Users of Firefox can clear search history by making use of the following steps:

  • Select in succession "Tools", "Options" and "Privacy".
  • Go to the Private area and choose "Clear Now".
  • In "Clear Private Data" window, check "Browsing history" and opt for "Clear Private Data Now".
  • At the final stage, click OK.


If users of AOL browser are thinking about how to clear search history, the following guideline can be of help:

  • Locate the “Settings” button at the top segment of the AOL window and click on it.
  • Next, you should select “Preferences” and then choose “Toolbar and Sounds".
  • Finally, click “Clear history trail now” button.


Opera users can clear the history of visited sites by following these steps:

  • Go to the "Tools" menu.
  • Select "Delete Private Data".
  • Click the button marked “Details”.
  • Choose "Clear history of visited links".
  • Click on the “Delete" button.


If you use Netscape browser, you can delete search history by clicking the menu marked "Edit" and then select "Preferences" and "History" one after the other, lastly clicking on the button marked "Clear History".

Though the data stored by your computer can be useful as it can increase your browsing speed because the files are loaded from your hard disk drive instead of downloading the web pages once again. Moreover, due to the storage of such information on your hard disk, suggestions are automatically offered when you type something depending on the information/data that you have typed before. This can help you to work faster as you don't need to type the same information/data again. However, all these can seriously compromise your privacy as well as security by making your browsing habits available to any person who can access your computer. So, if you want to safeguard your browsing habits and prohibit such information from falling into the wrong hands, always clear search history.


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This article was published on 2009/02/20