Deleting History Files in IE

This section provides a tutorial example on how to review and delete history files in IE (Internet Explorer).

While reviewing the IE history settings, you should also review history files and download files stored by IE on your hard disk.

1. Run IE and click "Tools > Internet Options" menu. Then click the "General" tab.

2. Click the "Settings" button in the "Browsing history" section. You will see a dialog box showing history details.

3. Click the "View files" button of the "Temporary Internet Files" tab. You will see a folder with all history files.

For example, I have the following history files on my Windows 7 system:

\Users\herong\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files

Name               Internet Address
----               ----------------
%7Bcontrols%7D.js  http://maps.gstatic.com/cat_js/intl...
%7Bstats%7D.js     http://maps.gstatic.com/cat_js/intl...
1028438229         Cookie:herong@www.googleadservice.com/...
5YB-ifwqHP20Yn...  http://themes.googleusercontent.com/static/...
ads.minified-1...  http://apps.skype.com/home/ads-minified...
cfusion            Cookie:herong@adobe.com/cfusion
...

Looks like Google is doing some tracking on my. Both gstatic.com and googleadservice.com are owned by Google.

Cookies are also stored in this folder.

4. After review them, select and delete all history files.

5. Click the "View objects" button of the "Temporary Internet Files" tab. You will see a folder with ActiveX objects. Don't delete any objects for now.

The picture below shows accessing and deleting history files in IE:
Deleting History Files in IE

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Up To Date

 Home Page and History Options for IE

Deleting History Files in IE

 Setting Security Level to Medium-High in IE

 Setting Privacy Level to Medium High in IE

 Disabling Form Auto-Completion in IE

 Disabling Extension Add-Ons in IE

 Disabling Search Engines in IE

 Disabling Accelerators in IE

 Adding Tracking Protection List in IE

 Building Tracking Protection List in IE

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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