IE7: Clear History, Cookies, and Temporary Internet Files

   Posted April 4, 2008 by David Kirk in Internet Explorer IE7

Browsers hold a lot of personal data. Clearing your history, cookies, and temporary internet files will clear a lot of this personal information from your browser. Have you cleaned up your browser today?

Brief reminder what this stuff is.

Cookies are the small pieces of information that a web site stores in your browser to identify you. Often these are used to keep a user logged into a page or service.

Web page history is just a listing of web pages that has been recently visited by the browser.

Temporary internet files are the images and other web structures that are downloaded by the browser to web pages appear and work correctly. These are stored and reused to speed up the browsing experience.

Although all this information is frequently used to improving the web browsing experience, this same information can be used to extract private information about the browser’s user. Cleaning out this information occasionally will remove old, outdated information and thus improve efficiency of your system.

1. Click Tools menu in IE7

2. Click Delete Browsing History…

3. Select which private information you wish to clear.

4. Click the Close button when you are done.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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