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Delete history – Internet Explorer

Ok this is part 3 of our ‘how to delete your Internet Browsing History’ tutorial.

In this section we are going to show you How to delete your history from Internet Explorer.

First of all let’s make sure we are talking about the same thing.  Internet Explorer is a ‘browser’ that you surf the Internet through, Internet Explorer is a Microsoft Product and is different to Chrome or Firefox.

The icon for Internet Explorer is blue ‘e’ like this Internet Explorer icon

When you start Internet Explorer up it will look something like this

delete history from Internet Explorer

 

At the top right of your browser window you will see a little picture of a cog wheel like this cog

If you click that and from the menu choose ‘Internet Options’ you will a screen like this:

Internet Options 1

 

You can see here ‘Browsing History’  so click on the Delete button and you will see:

Internet Explorer how to delete history

 

From here click the Delete button.

These are the steps required to delete history from Internet Explorer.

Next let’s look at how to delete history from Google Chrome

How to delete history method 1

This first method of how to delete history from your computer is a bit of a ‘catch all’.  This means we can show how to delete your Internet Browsing history and remove traces of any computer activity as well.

Step 1.

Go to our downloads section and download CCleaner. 

Step 2.

Install and run CCleaner onto your computer.

How?

Watch this short video on how to install and run CCleaner:

A narrative of that video that you can follow is:

1.  Double Click on the setup file that you have downloaded

2. Go through the setup, it is up to you which options you choose whilst installing CCleaner.  This is the icon you need to click CCleaner icon

3. Once the program has installed, start it up.

CCleaner Screenshot

 

4.  At the bottom right hand side of the screen you will see a button like this:

CCleaner run button that says ‘Run Cleaner’.  Click this button.

5.  Wait for the green progress bar to reach 100%, how long this takes depends on how much stuff it removes from your computer.

At the end of this not only will all of the Internet Browsing will have been deleted but also your computer activity will be removed and so will your recent files.

Your computer will also now run faster thanks to the work that CCleaner has done.

Delete your history in this way on a daily basis to keep your computer in good shape as the steps taken above are all part of good computer housekeeping that you should carry out regularly.

Of course using CCleaner to delete history isn’t the only way you can do it.  In fact let’s show a few more methods, we like to things done properly around here at TekMoz…belt and braces and all that!

Let’s look at ‘How to delete history from Internet Explorer next.

 

How To Delete Your Computer & Browser History

This tutorial is about:

How to delete your Internet History or to cover your tracks after surfing the Internet or browsing your computer.


This first method of how to delete history from your computer is a bit of a ‘catch all’.  This means we can show how to delete your Internet Browsing history and remove traces of any computer activity as well.

Step 1.

Go to our downloads section and download CCleaner. 

Step 2.

Install and run CCleaner onto your computer.

How?

Watch this short video on how to install and run CCleaner:

A narrative of that video that you can follow is:

1.  Double Click on the setup file that you have downloaded

2. Go through the setup, it is up to you which options you choose whilst installing CCleaner.  This is the icon you need to click 

CCleaner icon

3. Once the program has installed, start it up.

CCleaner Screenshot

4.  At the bottom right hand side of the screen you will see a button like this:

CCleaner run button

 that says ‘Run Cleaner’.  Click this button.

5.  Wait for the green progress bar to reach 100%, how long this takes depends on how much stuff it removes from your computer.

At the end of this not only will all of the Internet Browsing will have been deleted but also your computer activity will be removed and so will your recent files.

Your computer will also now run faster thanks to the work that CCleaner has done.

Delete your history in this way on a daily basis to keep your computer in good shape as the steps taken above are all part of good computer housekeeping that you should carry out regularly.

Of course using CCleaner to delete history isn’t the only way you can do it.  In fact let’s show a few more methods, we like to things done properly around here at TekMoz…belt and braces and all that!

Let’s look at ‘How to delete history from Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge next.

Ok this is part 3 of our ‘how to delete your Internet Browsing History’ tutorial.

In this section we are going to show you How to delete your history from Internet Explorer.

First of all let’s make sure we are talking about the same thing.  Internet Explorer is a ‘browser’ that you surf the Internet through, Internet Explorer is a Microsoft Product and is different to Chrome or Firefox.

Internet Explorer icon

The icon for Internet Explorer (now called Microsoft Edge) is blue ‘e’ something like this 

When you start Internet Explorer up it will look something like this

delete history from Internet Explorer
cog

At the top right of your browser window you will see a little picture of a cog wheel like this 

If you click that and from the menu choose ‘Internet Options’ you will a screen like this:

Internet Options 1

You can see here ‘Browsing History’  so click on the Delete button and you will see:

Internet Explorer how to delete history

From here click the Delete button.

These are the steps required to delete history from Internet Explorer.

Next let’s look at how to delete history from Google Chrome

How to delete history from Google Chrome in 2 easy steps.

Step 1.

At the top right hand side of the Google Chrome windows there are 3 bars as shown.  Click them. Go down to tools and click Clear Browsing Data.

OR

On your keyboard hold down the keys Control, Shift and Delete (ctrl+shift+del) together and you will open up the window shown further down.

Chrome delete history screenshot 1
chrome delete history

Choose how far back in time you want to delete history from and also check those boxes according to exactly which type of history you want to delete and finally click on the button labelled ‘Clear browsing data’.

TIP:

Control + Shift + N together will open up a ‘In private browsing’ window (you can also click those 3 lines again and choose this from the drop down menu), if you browse the Internet using this window no browsing history will be recorded in the first place.

Why should you learn how to delete your browsing?

In our day to day IT Support business we get this question a lot.  There are many reasons why you want to do this and it would be unprofessional of us to ask what your reasons are.

As with a lot of the information found on TekMoz these skills are ones that can be used by the home computer user and computer technician alike.

If you are following our website in order to start your own computer repair business then like us you will get asked the question about how to delete history from computers on a day to day basis.  So we are not going to dilly dally and tell you half truths or poor methods.  Here’s the real deal, how the professionals do it and how can delete your history for yourself or clients.

What type of history do you want to delete from your computer?

First of all let’s just make sure that we are talking about the same thing here.  You see, there is ‘delete history’ from Internet Browsing and there’s ‘delete history’ from my computer and each method sometimes requires different steps.

So which of these groups of phrases suit your requirements best?

I want to:

delete my browsing history from the Internet

delete my Internet history

stop anybody seeing what I’ve done on the Internet

delete browsing history

delete history Internet Explorer

how to delete YouTube history

delete Chrome history

how to delete browser history

~HOWEVER~

If you are looking to remove the history from your computer, i.e remove temp files, remove recent documents etc then you may want to click below instead.  Let’s just see if any of these phrases match what you are looking for:

clear recent docs

prevent people seeing what I’ve done on my computer

remove any temp files

remove cookies

clear computer registry

Then this is slightly different from removing an Internet Browsing History and you should use method 1 above – CCleaner is your friend.

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How to remove Malware – Semi automated

If your first attempt at removing your computer infection did not work properly then one of a few things has happened:

1)  Superantispyware and Malwarebytes found infections but after a restart your computer still behaves erratically or you are still getting pop ups etc

2) Nothing was found and your computer is still mis-behaving

So what has gone wrong? 

Well, these days Viruses, Malware and Spyware are clever.  A lot of the time they have built in self preseveration.

This means that:

1) The virus or malware is so clever that you are prevented from downloading anything to try and get rid of it. OR

2) It has embedded itself deep into your computer and still being triggered by an event.  OR

3) It is running on a scheduled task and even though you removed it once, it keeps re-appearing.

How to remove Viruses and Malware using more advanced methods

 semi automatic malware and virus removal

Ok so now it’s time to get tough!

What we need to do is to prevent the ‘seed’ of the virus from being able to trigger.  Now in just a moment in the next part of this tutorial we will look even further advanced methods of malware removal but for now let’s take the next step on from automated virus removal.  Let’s now look at how to remove a virus using semi-automated methods.

In order to do this you will need to head on over to our DOWNLOADS SECTION and download the following additional software (all free downloads):

1) Process Explorer

2) D7

 STEP 1 TO REMOVING A VIRUS USING SEMI AUTOMATED METHODS

In the first instance we need to reboot the computer into SAFE MODE.  Here’s a link on what Safe Mode is in case you have never used it before.

In short Safe Mode will only load up the essential drivers and software that are required for the computer to boot.

To access Safe Mode, restart your computer and before Windows has a chance to load press the F8 key on your keyboard.  You will then be presented with this screen:

windows-safe-mode

Choose the top option which is just ‘Safe Mode’ and continue to boot into Windows. This screen short may vary slightly depending on your Operating Syste, whether it is Windows XP, Windows 7 or something else such as Windows Vista the screen will essentially be the same. Notice that this is purely focusing upon Microsoft as an Operating System, this is because this is the most common Operating System that people have on their computer, this is the basis of all of our computer tutorials on TekMoz unless otherwise specified.

Once Windows has loaded and you in Safe Mode open up process explorer.

process explorer image

Here is a image I took from a clients computer recently.

As you can see, this software lists all of the open software and processes that are currently running.

To close any program in Process Explorer you simply right click with your mouse on the file you wish to close and choose KILL PROCESS.

How do I know which programs to close in Process Explorer?

Here at TekMoz we are currently putting together a legitimate list of processes that you would normally expect to see running inside Process Explorer, but the truth is most malware and viruses don’t actually look like normal named files.  Instead they take on names like zdczjzldzzzx.exe or alkdjflkafja.exe and these are the files that you should close.

TIP:  In truth it really doesn’t matter what you close, any system files will refuse to close anyway and anything else does not really matter as we want our computer to be running the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF PROGRAMS AND PROCESSES.  

We could run through a whole list of files that you don’t need to close right now but it is more truthful to say close them all if you want to, in fact the more the better.

Ok what’s next for Virus / Malware Removal?

Our next step is to start up both Superantispware and Malwarebytes.  Installation instructions can be found in our automated malware removal section and you download these programs for free from our downloads section (click here to open it up in a new tab).

From within each program select the FULL SCAN and run both programs and then…walk away.

Do something else for an hour then come back and check the results.  As before, once these programs have found infections you simply choose the option to remove them.

Is that all?

NO, there’s just a couple more steps.

1)  Hold down your windows button on your computer keyboard and press the letter R at the same time (Windows + R) and type in the word msconfig

OR

Go to your start button windows button (Windows 7) and type in the word msconfig

Windows XP users Go to your start button and then run and type in msconfig

msconfig

This will bring up the MICROSOFT CONFIGURATION dialogue box.  From here you can see the tabs across (labelled General, Boot, Services, Startup and Tools).

Select Startup.

msconfig startup

 

Click Disable all.

Click OK and restart the computer.

What we have just done is to prevent any program from starting up.  The upside of doing this is that we should now prevent any virus from starting up again when the computer restarts.  On the flip side we’ve also just prevented all other programs that usually start up such as your anti virus from starting.

So what do we do?

Test the computer to see if the virus is still present after you have rebooted.  If everything seems clear then go back to your msconfig again start to reintroduce your previously disabled programs one or a few at a time again.

Which programs do I start?

Start with the ones that you KNOW.  Such as your anti-virus program.  Anything else, either search for it in Google or Bing or Yahoo or simply leave it out.

ANY VIRUS OR MALWARE WILL LIKELY STAND OUT IN THE LIST AS IT MAY NOT BE A PROGRAM THAT YOU HAVE EVER HEARD OF OR MAY HAVE A DAFT NAME LIKE LKJSD.EXE THESE ARE THE SUSPICIOUS PROGRAMS.  THEIR NAMES ARE USUALLY AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED SO APPEAR AS NONSENSE NAMES.

 

TIP:  It’s pretty difficult to say what should and shouldn’t be in the startup list as the exact programs will vary from computer to computer and Operating System to Operating System.  Even most technicians will not know every startup program so don’t worry about it too much, the important thing is to follow the advice above.  We’ve been doing this for more than 20 years and it always works.

Hey you mentioned something called D7

We certainly did.

Here’s the thing.  Generally speaking people reading this will fall into three categories:

1) You are a computer genius

2) You’re not bad around computers, not afraid to have a go but you’re not a technician yet

or

3) A novice who just wants to know how to remove a virus and doesn’t want to know everything.

D7 is an advanced tool.  It is a whole load of whoopass in a can in it’s own right.  You probably don’t want to mess with this unless you are serious!!

Are you serious?  Cool, let’s go.

Rather than do the whole sales thing we’d rather the guys who wrote the software do the talking so here’s a video by FoolishIT.com.  Enjoy.

 

Last but not least…

What to do if the virus or malware is still causing your computer a problem? What if your appetite for malware removal is insatiable and you want more? What if you are getting the hang of this virus removal thing and you are thinking of earning some money by doing it for other people?

Well there’s one way to go, and that’s upward. Ok you brave, brave people let’s look at some in-depth virus and malware removal techniques.  Coming soon…

The PC Boot Process

Regardless of the Operating System that install to your computer the first part of any computer boot process is that your turn it on.  It is worth noting at this this point that we have just seen our first potential point of failure – the power on button.  Bear this in mind for troubleshooting.

There will be a power cord  plugged into the PC Power Supply, the purpose of the power supply is to smooth and change the electricity from the mains to something that is usable by the PC.  In fact if you take a look at computer power supply you will notice that there are several different colored cables with different types of connector and these actually provide differing amounts of voltage to the computer as the computer uses different voltages and not just one.

Once the electricity has passed through the Power Supply the signal from the electricity will have changed from the standard main Alternating Current (AC) type to Direct Current (DC).  This DC is then used to power to the various Motherboard components such as the CPU, RAM BIOS and Hard Disk Drive(s).

As soon as the computer recognizes that it has received power the very first thing a computer will do is to invoke a program that has been pre-programmed into the BIOS chip (this is called FIRMWARE i.e it is built into the chip itself during the manufacturing process) called the Power On Self Test, or POST for short.

What is the computer POST?

The computer POST (Power On Self Test) will run a simple test on all of the essential hardware components inside the PC when it is powered on.  It is important to note here that not all hardware is checked, just the parts that are required to run the computer at a basic level.  Printers and external Hard Drives for example are not checked.

If the POST does not detect any hardware errors then it will produce a short beep and continue the next stage – the boot sequence.

The PC BOOT SEQUENCE

The PC boot sequence will search your computer for a bootable device.  This is usually your computer Hard Drive that contains an Operating System but it could also boot from a USB stick or a CD/DVD as we shall see during other parts of our troubleshooting tutorials at TekMoz.

The precise sequence that the computer will boot to can be set in the BIOS.

Typically computers will try and boot in this sequence:

1.  DVD/CD Drive

2.  Hard Drive

3.  Network

Remember that this sequence can be changed in the BIOS but what our example shows us is that the computer will first try and boot from a DVD/CD drive.  If there is a disk in the drive the following message (or similar) will be displayed

 

Press any key to boot from CD ..

 

As you would expect, pressing any key will not activate the contents of the CD/DVD and these contents are bootable then this will become the boot device.

If no key is pressed our boot sequence will then move onto the next item in the list which is the Hard Drive.

Booting from a Hard Drive

The Boot Sequence will now read the Master Boot Record from the Hard Drive.  The MBR will determine which of the partitions the active partition is, this is the partition that has the Operating System installed to it.  The MBR will contain a section called the Boot Sector will then load into memory which will then in turn start up the Operating System by loading a file into memory.  With Windows XP this file was called the NTLDR (NT Loader) but has more recently (with Windows Vista) changed to BOOTMGR.

Summary

From this point on the boot process will vary from Operating System to Operating System but to summarize the process so far:

— Power On —–

— The POST is triggered and starts from the BIOS —

— The boot device is selected as per BIOS settings —

— the active partition with the OS is read —

— the OS is loaded into memory — 



Safe Mode…What is it?  Click here to continue…