How to Check the History When It Has Been Erased

By Rochelle Connery

Many Internet browsers, including Firefox and Internet Explorer, keep a history of sites you've visited in the History toolbar. It lists each of the website domains accessed as well as any subpages visited. You might want to delete this history for several reasons, including privacy, if more than one person uses the computer. If you want to check viewing history after you have deleted it, you can check other files on the computer.

Step 1

Go to the Start menu and open the Control Panel. Select "Internet Options." This brings you to the same dialog box you would find if you were to open Internet Explorer and open the Tools -> Internet Options dialog box.

Step 2

Click the "Settings" button underneath Browsing History, which is located under the General tab. Click the "View files" command and wait for the list to populate.

Step 3

Scroll through the list to look at the sites users have visited. This list is the Temporary Internet Files location, where cookies and other bits of data from websites are stored. Look at Internet address next to the cookie name. Usually it says something like "Cookie:[user]" This web domain after the "@" sign is the calling card the website left on the computer while a user was browsing.

Step 4

Delete any unwanted information by clicking the "Delete" button under Browsing History, which is right next to the "Settings" button you clicked on previously. Here you can choose to remove cookies, temporary Internet files, a history of the websites you've visited, data entered into search forms and passwords. Be cautious when taking this action. You might end up removing data you would have otherwise wanted stored on the computer, such as your passwords or a history of sites visited for future reference. Be considerate of other users who might not want their passwords erased.

Step 5

Close out of the dialog box when you're finished by clicking the "OK," "Close" or "X" buttons.