How to Erase Computer History

By Carol Adams

If you use a computer to which you do not have exclusive access, you run the risk that the next person who uses that computer might decide to examine the search history to see what sites you have been visiting. Another user might even be able to back the browser up into a site that has important personal information, such as credit card data. For this reason, you might want to erase the history of your activities that are stored on the computer. If you have more than one browser, you will need to do this for each of them. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple and quick process.

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer. Select "Tools" from the menu and choose "Internet Options." In the dialog that appears, click on the "General" tab. Go to the "History" section and click "OK."

Step 2

Open Firefox. Select "Tools" from the menu and choose "Clear Private Data." In the dialog that appears, choose all of the items offered to completely clear your history. Click "OK."

Step 3

Open Google Chrome. Select "Tools" from the menu and choose "Delete Private Data." In the dialog that appears, click on the "Details" button. Choose "Clear History of Visited Pages." Click "Delete" and click "OK."

Step 4

Open Safari. Select "Edit" from the menu and choose "Reset Safari." In the dialog that appears, leave all of the items selected that you want to delete and click "OK."

Step 5

Open Opera. Select "Tools" from the menu and choose "Delete Private Data." In the dialog that appears, click on the "Details" button. Select the items you want to erase. Click "Delete" and click "OK."