Clearing Internet History

How To Hide Your Internet Content

The Internet is a great resource for finding information that can help you make decisions about your personal situation. However, the record of your Internet activities does not disappear when you close your browser. If you are concerned that the person abusing you may check up on your Internet activities, there are a few steps you can take to help you cover your tracks, including deleting cookies and clearing your browser history (your cache). 


If the person who is abusing you is good on a computer, it may not be safe for you to be visiting sites for abused women.


Hide your Internet activities and visit websites from a safer place - the public library, school, an internet cafe, or your workplace. 


'Cookies' are a way for websites to track their visitors and their actions. Sometimes this means that the site will 'remember' you when you visit again. For example, it may display your first name, which you entered on a previous visit. This is done by storing small bits of information on your computer. It is important to delete cookies when covering your tracks on the internet.


Methods for deleting cookies vary depending on the type of computer you are using. To learn how to delete yours, read the instructions that follow that match your computer system and browser. In most browsers you can simply bring up the clear history menu by pressing 'Ctrl' + H together.


If you are using Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11

Select Tools (via the Gear Icon) > Safety > Delete browsing history....NOTE: You can also access this menu by holding Ctrl + Shift + Delete.
Make sure to uncheck Preserve Favorites website data and check both Temporary Internet Files and Cookies then click Delete.
You will get a confirmation at the bottom of the window once it has successfully cleared your cache and cookies.


Explorer 8
Click on the Safety menu, located at the far right hand side of your browser's Tab Bar. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Delete Browsing History... option. Place a check mark next to Temporary, Internet Files, Cookies, and History.

Explorer 7
Click on the Tools menu, located at the far right hand side of your browser's Tab Bar. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Delete Browsing History... option.To remove all of these temporary files from your hard drive, click on the button labeled Delete files....
If you are using Explorer 6 or an older version, click on Tools in the menu.
Click on Internet Options.
In the General tab under Temporary Internet Files, Click on Delete Files. This will clear your browser's cache.
Under History, Click on Clear History. This will clear the pages you've recently visited.

If you are using Firefox
Open the Firefox browser and navigate to the Tools menu (for Windows users) or theFirefox menu (for Mac users).
Click the Tools drop down menu and then click Clear Private Data.
If you are using a newer version of Firefox, you can click Tools drop down menu and then click Clear Recent History.
Press the “OK” or “Clear Now” button (Windows) or simply close the preferences box(Mac). Your cache will now be clear.


If you are using Netscape
In the menu, click on Edit.
Click on Preferences.
In the left-hand column, Click on Navigator and then on the right side click on Clear History. This will clear the pages you've recently visited.
Underneath that, click on Clear Location Bar. This will clear the list of sites in your browser's location bar.
Back in the left-hand column, click on Advanced. Click on Cache and then click onClear Disk Cache. This will clear your browser's cache.


If you are using Safari
From the Safari menu, click Empty Cache.
When asked “Are you sure you want to empty the cache?” click Empty.
From the Safari menu, click Preferences.
From the Security dialog box, click Bookmarks.
Click Show Cookies.
From the Cookie dialog box, click to choose a cookie, and click Remove. Alternatively, if you want to delete all cookies, click Remove All.
Click Done.


If you are using AOL
In the menu, click on My AOL.
Click on Preferences.
Click on the WWW icon and then under Temporary Internet Files click on Delete Files.
Under History click Clear History.


Cover your email tracks

• Be sure to delete any outgoing and incoming emails.
• Change your email password often (at least once a month).
• Print all threatening and harassing emails to use as evidence of criminal activity.
• For more detailed instructions to help you hide your internet activities, visit


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