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How To Delete History

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, can you tell me how to delete history?”
    - Nicole M., Australia

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (Microsoft Gold Certified – Win7, XP, Vista).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer:

Why You Should Delete History

One of most important PC maintenance practices, deleting your browser's history is very crucial to maintaining a fast computer and your privacy. Deleting Internet history varies depending on what browser you are using. Today's most popular browsers include Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are some of the key reasons why you need to delete Internet history:

Clear Up Space on Your PC

Browsing history tends to eat up considerable amount of storage space since cookies are created, web pages are cached, and other browsing information is stored into your computer. If you neglect to delete your Internet history, these files could build up over time and could significantly result in a sluggish and slow PC performance.

Privacy Concerns

Clearing the Internet history can enable you to remove what Internet pages you have visited. There are many legitimate reasons why you want to protect your browsing history, as you have the right to browse the Internet in complete anonymity. Also, browsing history could potentially expose you other privacy and identity exposure risks.

Web Development

Perhaps one of the most notable issues regarding cache and Internet history comes up when doing web development activities. When you are done making changes to your very own website, and have uploaded the changes, chances are you will still see the old version of your website. This is because the previous version of your website was cached by your browser. Clearing your Internet history and reloading the page will allow you see the new version.

Delete History: Tips & Tricks

Clearing Internet history varies from browser to browser. Here are the ways on how to clear Internet history in three of the most used browsers in the world:

Internet Explorer 8

Open your IE browser and then go to Safety tab and click "Delete Browsing History". You can also access this by making use of the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Del. Make sure that the boxes labeled Cookies, History and Temporary Internet Files are ticked and then click on the "Delete" button and you're done..

Mozilla Firefox

Launch your Firefox browser. Go to the Tools menu and select Clear Recent History. A window will then pop-up and se`

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