Remove Tracks

Important Note: If the person you fear is a computer expert, you should use a computer at school, the home of someone you trust, or at the public library instead, because it is not possible to remove all traces of where you have visited from your computer cache.
For the most part, clearing the cache and your browsing history will remove information about which sites you have been visiting and any confidential information left on your computer. It is recommended that you clear your computer’s cache after every session.

How to clear your tracks in Internet Explorer

  1. Go to the Tools menu at the top of your Internet screen.
  2. Click on Internet Options.
  3. Under the General tab, under Temporary Internet files, click the Delete Files button.
  4. Click on the “OK” button. In the same window, under History click on the “Clear History” button to remove your browsing history from the computer.
  5. To clear auto complete search fields, click on the content tab from the Internet Options, then click on “auto complete” button and then on “clear forms”.

How to clear your tracks in Firefox

  1. Go to the Tools menu at the top of your Internet screen.
  2. Click on “Clear Private Data” or “Clear Recent History” and then “clear now”.
  3. If you are using Firefox 3.5 or newer you can turn on private browsing by clicking on Tools / Start Private Browsing. “Private Browsing” allows you to browse the Internet without Firefox saving any data about which sites and pages you have visited.
  4. When you are done with your browsing session you can turn off private browsing by clicking on Tools / Stop Private Browsing.

How to clear your tracks in Chrome

  1. In the top-right corner of Chrome, click the Chrome menu Chrome Menu.
  2. Select “More tools” and then “Clear browsing data”.
  3. In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove.
  4. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
  5. Click Clear browsing data.
  6. Chrome also uses a “Private Browsing” session, to use this, follow step 1 and click on “new incognito window”, this opens a new window that does not store user information or browsing history.