How to Look Up an Erased Internet History on a Computer

By Kim Sarah

Frequent system backups can make discovering a deleted Internet search history very possible. Though there are many programs available for free and at a cost online, Windows System Restore is the most reliable and safe method. Using System Restore, you can revert the computer to a point before the search history was deleted.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows System Restore

Step 1

Log on to Windows as an administrator. The administrator has more access and rights to system tool usage.

Step 2

Click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and then "System Restore". This will open the Windows System Restore screen.

Step 3

Select "Restore my Computer to an Earlier Time." This option will allow you to revert the computer to a time before the Internet history was deleted. Click "Next" on the lower portion of the screen. This will bring you to the next step.

Step 4

Select a date on the calendar that is displayed on the screen. You can simply click on the square of the date you wish to select. Choose a date prior to when the search history was deleted. If the selected date contains a restore point, that restore date and time will show in the window next to the calendar. Click on that date and time to select it. If clicking a date on the calender does not display a restore point, choose another date square on the calendar. Click "Next" to go to the next step.

Step 5

Click "Next" to confirm the restore point that you chose. The computer will restore itself back to that date and then automatically restart.

Step 6

Log on as an administrator again when the computer has restarted and finished loading to the point of showing the logon screen. The computer will now be as it was on the date you selected. The Internet browsing history will be present once again.