How to Delete Visited Websites Permanently

If you are planning on selling a computer or giving one away, you may want to consider removing all of your personal records from the computer before you share it with someone else so you can protect your privacy. Even doing something as simple as clearing the history from your web browser can ensure that others who see the computer will not have access to the sites you visited, along with any usernames or passwords.

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Clearing the Web browser history can be done in a few moments.

Instructions for common browsers

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If you use Internet Explorer, click the "Tools" menu. Select "Internet Options" from the drop-down list and choose "Delete." Click all the boxes in the window that appears and click "Delete" again.

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For Firefox, press "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Delete" to open the "Clear Recent History" window. Select "Everything" from the drop-down menu and select "OK."

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For Opera, click the "File" menu. Click "Preferences" and choose "History." Select "Empty Now."

Safari

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Double-click the "Safari" icon on your computer to open Safari.

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Click the "Edit" menu.

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Select "Reset Safari."

Chrome

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Double-click the "Chrome" icon to open it.

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Click the "Wrench" icon in the toolbar.

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Select "Tools," then "Clear Browsing Data."

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Select "Beginning of Time."

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Click "Clear Browsing Data."