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Clear Browsing History

If you're worried about someone knowing you have visited this website, please read the following safety information. If you want to be completely sure of not being tracked online, the safest way would be to access the internet at a local library, an internet cafe, friend's house or at work.

 

Important Tip

It's important to state that there is a risk involved in removing data from your computer. For instance, if your partner or parent uses online banking and has a saved password, then if you clear the cookies on your PC, your partner/parent will realize you've done so, because their password will no longer be saved. Also, your partner/parent may notice if the address history on the PC has been cleared, and this may raise suspicion. One possible way to avoid this is to clear the cache and history once you're done looking at information you don't want someone to know about. After they're cleared, spend some time visiting sites that you think people wouldn't object to.

 

How to Identify Which Browser You are Using

If you know what browser you are using, then skip to the relevant instructions below. If you do not know the type of browser you are using, click on Help on the toolbar at the top of the browser screen. A drop down menu will appear, the last entry will say About Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox, or something similar. The entry refers to which browser type you are using - you should then refer to the relevant instructions below.

 

How to Clear Your Browser

To protect yourself online, you can erase your web browser’s cache - which is where your computer stores copies of files you’ve looked at recently with your web browser - and the history list - which is a single file containing the addresses of the websites you have visited.

Select the browser from the list below to learn how to clear the cache and browsing history.

Chrome
  1. Click the icon on the top right corner of the browser to open Chrome Settings.

  2. Select Tools > Clear Browsing data…

  3. Select beginning of time to delete everything and the "Clear browsing history, download histroy, empty the cache, delete cookies and other site and plug-in data". Click Clear Browsing data button.

Internet Explorer 9
  1. Select Tools (wheel icon) > Safety > Delete browsing history…

  2. Make sure to uncheck Preserve Favorites website data and check the rest of the options. Then click Delete.

Internet Explorer 8
  1. Select Tools (wheel icon) > Internet Options

  2. Select General and then under Browsing history click Delete...

  3. Make sure to uncheck Preserve Favorites website data and check the rest of the options. Then click Delete.

Internet Explorer 7
  1. Select Tools  > Internet Options  > General Tab. Click the Delete button within the Browsing History section.

  2. The Delete Browsing History dialog box will appear. Click the Delete All… button.

  3. Check Also delete files and settings stored by add-ons and click  Yes on the dialog box. Click Close on the Delete Browsing History dialog box, and then click OK to close Internet Option dialog box. Close internet explorer. Open a new internet explorer session and log in.

iOS

Navigate to Settings > Safari > Clear Cache

Firefox 7 and Lower
  1. Select Tools  > Clear Recent History…

  2. *Note: In case you don’t see the Tools menu, hold down the Alt key and then press the T key to access Tools.

  3. Select the Time range to clear: Everything

  4. Click on Details and make sure all options are checked. Click on Clear Now at the bottom.

Safari 3 / 4 / 5 (Windows)
  1. Select Display a menu of general Safari settings (wheel icon)  > Reset Safari…

  2. Make sure to check all the options given. Click Reset.

Safari 3 / 4 / 5 (Mac OS)
  1. Select Safari > Reset Safari…

  2. Make sure to check all the options given. Click Reset.