IE History Has Been Cleared

Dear Computer Lady,

I just discovered that a computer in my home has been set to clear all history. This is a red flag to me. Is there any way I can view the history on the computer? We have Windows XP.

If not, what do you think about Web Watcher? Does it work? Thank you.


Dear Brenda,

Finding that your computer has been set to clear the History is a red flag that someone with access to the computer does not want others to know what sites they have been visiting.

You might be able to get an idea of what kind of sites have been viewed by looking through the cookies, and temporary internet files. Here is how you do that in Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. 2. Click on “Tools” and then click on “Internet Options:. 3. In the Internet Options dialog box, make sure the “General” tab is selected. 4. Find the “Browsing history” section and click on the button that says, “Settings”. 5. In the settings dialog box, click on the button that says, “View files”.

There will be a lot of files in this folder, but some of the cookies will have the name of the website that they came from, and some of the images will also give you an idea of what kind of sites are being visited.

If the folder doesn’t’ have thousands of files, then there is a good chance that they have been cleared out as well.


As far as programs to monitor computer usage, WebWatcher looks like a great program

Not only does it allow you to monitor what sites have been visited, but it also allows you to block any website, or category of sites that you want to.

I am a firm believer in protecting our children while they are online. It can be a dangerous place.


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