How to Retrieve Deleted Websites From History

By Kayla Lowe

Occasionally, you or someone else who accesses your computer might delete websites from your computer's browsing history so that no one can see it. However, when you simply delete websites from your history, they are not completely deleted from your computer. Copies of them are stored in a hidden file known as the index.dat file. Therefore, it is possible to retrieve deleted websites from history.

Things You'll Need

  • Index.dat file reader
  • Index.dat

Step 1

Download and install an index.dat file reader onto your computer (if you don't already have one, see the Resource section).

Step 2

Click "Start," "Search," "Tools," "Folder Options," "View," "Show hidden files and folders," then uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types."

Step 3

Search for the "index.dat" file in "All files and folders" in the C drive.

Step 4

Launch the index.dat file reader, and open the index.dat file within the reader. Click on the deleted websites that you want to restore, and then click the "Restore" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your computer might have more than one index.dat file on it.
  • You cannot retrieve deleted websites from history if the index.dat file has been cleaned.