How to Recover Deleted or Hidden Internet History on Your Computer

By Mark Robinson

If you've recently deleted your Web browser's Internet history, chances are you can restore it if you need it back. The easiest way to recover these deleted history files is to use the "System Restore" feature on your Windows personal computer or the "Time Machine" function if you own a Mac. Both programs back up files located on your disk drive, allowing your computer to revert to a previous state in the event of system instability.

Things You'll Need

  • Web browser
  • System Restore (Windows) or Time Machine (Mac)

Windows History Recovery

Step 1

Click on the "Start" icon at the bottom of the desktop. Select "All Programs," choose "Accessories" and then "System Tools." Click on the "System Restore" link.

Step 2

Click "Next" to view the list of available system restore points. Add a check mark to "Show More Restore Points" to reveal more system restore points in the list. Highlight the system restore point you want to use and click "Next."

Step 3

Click "Finish" to confirm your selection. System restore will revert most of the files on your computer to an earlier time, including the files in your Web browser. Allow the computer to reboot and then log onto the computer.

Step 4

Open your Web browser and navigate to its browsing history menu. View the contents of the history menu to ensure you have recovered the deleted Internet history.

Mac History Recovery

Step 1

Close your Web browser if it is already open. Select your user account under "Places" and open the "Library" folder. Locate your web browser's folder and open it.

Step 2

Open the "Time Machine" program on your computer. Verify that it displays the Web browser folder to which you navigated. Choose the starting date that you want to restore browsing history.

Step 3

Select the "History.plist" file and then click "Restore." Click "Replace" when the dialog box pops up.

Step 4

Open your Web browser and open the history. Check the links captured in the history menu to ensure you have properly recovered the deleted items.