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Published on 08.23.06 by Brent Trahan

How to Cover Your Tracks in Internet Explorer

Learn how to cover your tracks in Internet Explorer 7. This guide shows you how to clear your cache, delete your history, files, cookies, and passwords in IE7.

You visited a few websites you don’t want anyone to find out about and now you need to cover your tracks.  No problem.  This guide will show you how to cover your tracks in Internet Explorer 7 by erasing your history, files, cookies, passwords, and web information.  This guide takes it a step further and shows you how to prevent Internet Explorer 7 from keeping a history of websites you’ve visited and saving image files from websites.

Clear Your Cache

Internet Explorer caches (keeps a copy) websites to make your internet connection seem a little faster.  When you visit a site that has not been updated Internet Explorer will show you the cached copy of the site that is already saved on your computer instead of re-downloading it.

To delete Internet Explorers cache click tools in the upper right hand corner of Internet Explorer 7 and select Internet Options.  Click the Delete button next to Browsing history.  This will delete the image files, history, cookies, saved passwords, and web form information from your computer immediately.

Prevent Internet Explorer from Caching Sites

Click the settings button next to Browsing history.  Change the amount of disk space to use when caching web pages to 50MB next to disk space to use.  It’s not a good idea to go under 50MB for this setting.

Change days to keep pages in history to 0.  This will prevent Internet Explorer 7 from saving web pages you’ve been to in the address bar.

Click OK to save these changes.

Click tools in the upper right hand of Internet Explorer 7 and select Internet Options.  Select the Advanced tab and scroll almost to the bottom of the settings list.  Check off Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed just under the Security section.  Click OK and close the Internet options window.

Now when you close Internet Explorer the files that are saved in Internet Explorers cache will be purged.  Since you set Internet Explorer to keep pages in history to 0 days it will not remember where you’ve been.  You might want to click the Delete button next to browsing history in the Internet options window every once and a while to get rid of anything Internet Explorer misses.

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