Ways to find and recover deleted browsing history on pc

Ways to find and recover deleted browsing history on pc 

There are many reasons why you would want to recover deleted internet histories. These range from anxious parents worried about whether their children are visiting inappropriate websites or being sucked into some nefarious underworld, to simply wanting to recover the forgotten URL of a website you used which was useful, but you thought you’d never visit again, until you remembered it.

The good news, or bad news, depending on your point of view is that even though you delete things and think that as a result everything you do on a computer has been erased, it’s simply not true. Somewhere on the computer there will be a record, including the internet history. You’ve probably heard tales about fraudsters and villains throwing computers in swimming pools or trying to set fire to them as the law closes in. These are dumb actions.  Unless you take a big fat magnet to the hard drive, everything you do on a computer remains on the computer and rarely will fire and water destroy the hard drive unless it’s an inferno or tsunami of immeasurable magnitude.

Recover deleted internet history through System Restore

The easiest method is to do a system restore. If the internet history was deleted recently system restore will recover it. To get system restore up and running you can go to the ‘start’ menu and do a search for system restore which will take you to the feature.  Alternatively, go to ‘Start’ click on ‘Programs’ and then ‘Accessories.’ You’ll see a ‘System Tools’ option and ‘System Restore’ will be in there. Select the date you’d like to restore your computer to and sit back and wait until it does its thing. When finished the computer will reboot and if check your browser the internet history should be in there.

See lost internet history through Desktop search programmes

Sometimes though system restore options are disabled. This can happen, for example, if you have a second hand computer that’s had a previous life in a corporate environment. It’s not common but does happen. In this case you can use desktop search programmes.though feel free to do your own research. If you can remember a few keywords that you want to search for in the internet history, type them into the search box and they should be recovered.

 Cookies show you the way

Internet cookies are also another good method to access internet history.  A cookie is a small text file that stored in your internet browser. They store your user information to for the web sites you visit. Some of us thing of them as spying tools but actually in most instances they remember your account and browsing history making it easier for you when you revisit websites.  There’s a great page click here that shows in very simple terms how to access cookies on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers. If you can see the cookies you know what the internet history is.

 Access deleted browning history with log files

Another method is to recover the history using log files. This method is suitable for histories that were deleted a long time ago. A word of warning though, while there is a simple step-by-step process to follow using this method some strange things can be thrown up such as warnings that you might lose other data. This isn’t common but it’s a point worth nothing.

All Windows computers have a file extension that stores arbitrary data.  It’s called Index.dat and is a file hidden on your computer that contains all of the web sites that you have ever visited. It lists every URL and every web page.

Before you begin navigating these steps you must set Windows to show hidden files and folders.  To do this go to ‘Start’ then ‘Settings’ then ‘Control Panel’ and finally ‘Folder Options’. When you’re in ‘Folder Options’ click the ‘View’ tab. Go to ‘Advanced settings’ and click ‘Show hidden files and folders’. Then uncheck ‘Hide Protected Operating System files’ and click OK. Once you are finished searching, don’t forget to go back and undo these changes.

To begin your search go to My Computer and use the search tool to find all instances of index.dat in the C drive. The search should pull up multiple index.dat files. To read an index .dat file you need to know the software that created the file. However you can download index.dat reader software from the internet. This site offers such a reader though there are many more available which you’ll soon discover if you do your own search

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