How to Erase Internet Search History

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Your privacy is important when browsing the Internet. That's why it's a good idea to frequently erase your Internet search and browser history. The three most popular browsers all have simple functions to erase the search and browsing history. Learn how to erase history in Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

Mozilla, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome
(Edward Jenkins)
Step 1

Erase your search history in Mozilla Firefox by clicking on "Tools" and choosing "Clear Private Data."

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Step 2

Select your preferences in the pop-up window. You can erase your history, cookies and saved passwords or mix and match your selections. Once your selection is made, click "Clear Private Data Now" to finish.

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Step 3

Erase your search history in Internet Explorer by clicking on "Tools" and selected "Delete Browsing History."

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Step 4

Make your selections. Similar to Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer allows you to customize what you erase. Click "Delete" when finished.

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Step 5

Erase your search history in Google Chrome by locating and clicking on the wrench icon on the upper right-hand part of the browser window. Select "Clear Browsing Data."

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Step 6

Choose which items you want to erase. Once you have made your choices, choose the time frame. You can delete history from the previous day, the previous week or everything. Click "Clear Browsing Data" when you are finished.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you know all of your online passwords before deleting them from the history. If you don't, you can always uncheck the box to keep them.
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