Deleted history items from a computer go into the computer's cache, or the Temporary Internet Files folder. Items in the cache may include audio, video, pictures and websites. The cache also contains cookies picked up from various websites, which help load those sites faster in the future; when a person empties the Temporary Internet Files folder, the computer does not dump cookies unless specified to do so.
People experiencing slower browsing time on the Internet should delete computer history to improve performance, but deleting cookies can actually slow down browsing even more. This is where balancing privacy and quicker web browsing becomes important. Individuals who value privacy over fast browsing should empty the cache and cookies often. For those more concerned with browsing, cookies will help speed that up.
IT professionals tell people to leave temporary history in the cache folder for those sites visited regularly and to delete the information for websites visited infrequently, but there is another option.If deleting history is not ideal and the user does not want to have a slow browser, the other option is to increase the size of the cache. The downside is that this option is only available with the Internet Explorer browser. Besides increasing the size of the cache, the computer can be set up to automatically delete the cache at regular intervals.Learn More
There are several ways to view your web history, depending on your web browser. Three of the most popular browsers, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, have simple methods to view web history. In Firefox and Chrome, click on the menu button in the upper-right corner of the web browser, and then select "History." In Internet Explorer, click on the "star" button in the upper-right corner and click the "history" tab.Full Answer >
Check your computer's history by accessing the control panel from the start menu, entering administrative tools and then accessing the files you need. There is no need for additional tools or software to check this history.Full Answer >
To delete all of the browsing history from a computer, users must clear history for each browser they use. The most common browsers used include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.Full Answer >
Hidden Internet history can be accessed through the browser's History page, usually found on the menu bar under the View tab or on its own tab. Most browsers allow Windows and Macintosh computers to pull the page up automatically by keying in "CTRL-H" or "CMD-H," though individual settings may vary. Google Chrome and Firefox allow users to search for keywords, making it much easier to find a lost page.Full Answer >