How to Erase the Search History in Find Files or Folders

Many people think that when the delete the search history from their computer it's permanently--and forever--deleted. This, however, is untrue. Every search, website viewed, downloaded file, pictures viewed and all other Internet content is still saved on your computer. To truly erase your search history, you need to find the files and folders these items are located in and delete them. Access your computer's "Temporary Internet Files" to permanently erase search history and Internet content from your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet connection


    • 1

      Erase the history from your Internet searches. Select "Tools > Internet Options." Select "Clear History" to delete your searches. This will delete your searches from being saved by web search engines, as well as delete the history from the Internet page altogether.

      This step only deletes your searches from the Internet. All pages, Internet content, downloaded movies and music and even your searches are saved in files and folders on the computer. To permanently delete the content, continue to Step 2.

    • 2

      Click the "Start" button.

    • 3

      Select "All Programs" from the Start Menu. Select "Disk Cleanup."

    • 4

      Select "Temporary Internet Files." Unlike the name suggests, these folders will save everything you ever searched, web pages viewed, and items you have uploaded and downloaded. When you click on Temporary Internet Files, a new window will open displaying dozens--sometimes more--folders.

    • 5

      Right-click on each folder and select "Delete" to permanently delete all Internet content from being saved onto your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • For older computers, select "Start > Control Panel > Internet Options." Select the "General" tab, and "Delete Files" under the title Temporary Internet Files.
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