Clean Search History
Search historyThere are two kinds of search history: Internet search history stored by your browser and Windows search history stored by Windows.
Internet search history
Have you noticed that when you start typing in a search box such as e.g. Google search box or Yahoo search box a drop-down list with every search you have ever typed appears? While the search history may be helpful for some things, it can also seriously compromise your security and privacy.
Your search history is stored on your PC because of a feature called Autocomplete. Autocomplete stores a list of everything you type in web pages (e.g. recent searches, your name, e-mail address, credit card information, etc.).
AutoComplete helps you complete forms by suggesting possible matches - you can simply press the down arrow key and select the text without finishing typing.
Windows search history
After you have searched for an item using Windows Explorer, Windows will automatically keep a record of the search. And this search history will be visible to anyone who begins a new search.
Why you should clean search historyIf you work on a public or shared computer, other users can see your recent search list that can seriously compromise your privacy. Would you want anyone to see your search history? If not, you should regularly clean search history
How to clean search historyThis articles explains how to clean search history from your computer:
Clean search history stored by your browser:
Clear search history in Internet Explorer 9.0
Press Ctrl+Shift+Del or select 'Delete Browsing History' from the Tools menu.
Then select 'Form data' and click the 'Delete' button.
Note: to clear search history automatically, select Internet options from the Tool menu and open the General tab. Then for Browsing history select the 'Delete browsing history on exit' option.
You may also prevent Internet Explorer from storing search history and other history tracks by enabling the InPrivate Browsing option.
To enable InPrivate Browsing, press Ctrl+Shift+P
As search history is stored because of the Autocomplete option, you may disable Autocomplete to prevent storing search history:
Open the Internet Options windows and open the Content tab.
Click Settings under AutoComplete.
Clear search history in Internet Explorer 8.0:
Open the Tools menu and select 'Delete browsing history'.
Under Form data, select 'Delete forms' and click 'Delete'.
Clear search history in Internet Explorer 7.0
Select 'Tools' and then 'Internet Options'.
Next, open the General tab and click Delete under Browsing history.
Finally, click the 'Delete forms' button.
Clean search history in Internet Explorer 6.x
Select Tools and the Internet Options.
Open the Content tab and click the AutoComplete button.
Click the Clear forms button.
When you enter information in the search bar in Firefox, that information is saved and Firefox can give suggestions when you enter information in search bar in the future. Firefox stores a list of your web search and helps you complete search boxes by suggesting possible search matches. It can also seriously compromise your privacy, as anyone who has access to your computer can see what you searched on the Internet.
Clear search history in Firefox 4.0
Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete and select 'Form & Search history'.
Click 'Clear now'.
To clean search history automatically every time you exit Firefox:
Open Firefox and open the Tools menu at the top of the Firefox window.
Select Options and click the drop-down menu next to 'Firefox will', then choose 'Use custom settings for history'.
Select 'Remember search and form history' and check 'Clear history when Firefox closes'.
Clear search history in Firefox 3.0
To erase search history in Firefox 3.x, open the 'Tools' menu and select 'Clear Private Data'. Select the 'Saved form and Search history' option and click 'Clear Private Data Now'.
How to clean search history in Firefox 2.0
Open the Tools menu and select Options.
then open the Privacy tab and in the Private area click Clear Now.
In the Clear Private Data window put the check mark for 'Saved form and Search History and click 'Clear Private Data Now'.