How to Delete the Visited Websites History on a Hard Drive

By Risa Edwards

Most computer settings are designed to keep a history of websites that you visit for future use. This history helps pages load faster and stores personal information such as preferences or settings. However, this history can take up a large amount of space on your hard drive that can slow down your machine. Deleting the history periodically will open up valuable space and help maintain privacy.

Step 1

Open the Web browser(s) that you regularly use. Delete the history directly through the browser. Open "Tools" on the menu bar in Firefox or Internet Explorer, and then select "Delete browsing history."

Step 2

Open "My Computer" by clicking on the desktop icon or selecting it through the Start menu.

Step 3

Right-click on the "C" drive and select "Properties." The "C" drive is the standard drive letter for the hard drive. If another letter has been assigned to your computer's hard drive, right-click that one instead.

Step 4

Click on "Disk Cleanup" under the pie chart icon. Select to clean your files or all files on the computer. The computer will calculate how much space will be free.

Step 5

Select all files related to the Internet or browsing, such as Temporary Internet Files, Offline Web pages and Temp files. You may view the files that will be deleted if you desire.

Step 6

Select "OK" and confirm that you want to delete the files. Close Disk Cleanup after the files are removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Delete your history often when computers are shared.Set the history to store for zero days or to delete when you exit the browser.