Delete Browser History

If you must use a computer your abuser can access, you can attempt to cover your tracks by doing the following:

Use an e-mail account your abuser cannot access – for more information read this description.

Delete insecure information created by your web browser – Your web browser creates many files and saves certain information which can allow your abuser to discover your internet activities. You can attempt to delete these by doing the following:

1. Determine what type of web browser you have – The name of your web browser should be displayed in the title bar of this window. For example, it might say ‘Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foundation: Covering Your Tracks – Microsoft Internet Explorer’ at the top of this window if you are using Internet Explorer. Or it would say ‘Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foundation: Covering Your Tracks – Mozilla Firefox’ if you are using Firefox.

2. Find your browser in the list below, click on the link and follow the web browser cleanup guide. This will give you directions on how to delete your web browser history, cache, cookies and form data.

3. Find and delete other files created by your browser – Some web browser plug-ins and other features may create other files. Click on each of the guides listed below in order to remove these files:

Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, you must use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

There is help. You are not alone and it’s okay to talk about it!

Finding Your Browser

Internet Explorer for Windows

Step One: Delete Your Browser History
In order to delete your browser history, follow these steps:

1. Choose Internet Options from the Tools menu (for older versions of Internet Explorer, it may be in the View menu).
2. In the Internet Options window, under the General tab, click the Delete… button under Browsing History.
3. In the Delete Browsing History window, click the Delete history… button.
4. In the Delete History window, click Yes.
5. Click on the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Browsing section and UNCHECK Use inline AutoComplete.
6. Click the OK button.
7. Go to Step Two: Delete Your Browser Cache.

Step Two: Delete Your Browser Cache

In order to delete your browser cache, follow these steps:

1. Choose Internet Options from the Tools menu (for older versions of Internet Explorer, it may be in the View menu).
2. In the Internet Options window, under the General tab, click the Delete… button under Browsing History.
3. In the Delete Browsing History window, click the Delete files… button.
4. In the Delete files window, click Yes.
5. Go to Step Three: Delete Your Browser Cookies.

Step Three: Delete Your Browser Cookies

In order to delete your browser cookies, follow these steps:

1. Choose Internet Options from the Tools menu (for older versions of Internet Explorer, it may be in the View menu).
2. In the Internet Options window, under the General tab, click the Delete… button under Browsing History.
3. In the Delete Browsing History window, click the Delete cookies… button.
4. In the Delete Cookies dialog that pops up, click Yes.
5. Go to Step Four: Delete Your Web Form Data.

Step Four: Delete Your Web Form Data

In order to delete your web form data, follow these steps:

1. Choose Internet Options from the Tools menu (for older versions of Internet Explorer, it may be in the View menu).
2. In the Internet Options window, under the General tab, click the Delete… button under Browsing History.
3. In the Delete Browsing History window, click the Delete forms… button.
4. In the Delete Forms dialog that pops up, click Yes.

* Please note: Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it is imperative to use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

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Internet Explorer for Macintosh

Clearing All Privacy Items

In order to delete your browser history, cache, cookies, web form data, and download history, follow these steps:

1. Choose Preferences… from the Explorer menu.
2. In the Internet Explorer Preferences window, click the word Advanced in the Web Browser category. Then press the Clear History and Empty Now buttons.
3. Click the word Cookies in the Receiving Files category. Then select all the cookies in the list by using apple-A (hold down the Apple key and the A key at the same time) and press the Delete button.
4. Click the words Forms AutoComplete in the Forms AutoFill category. Then select all the items in the list by using apple-A (hold down the Apple key and the A key at the same time) and press the Delete button.
5. Then click the OK button to close the Internet Explorer Preferences window.
6. Choose Download Manager from the Window menu.
7. Select all the items in the list by using apple-A (hold down the Apple key and the A key at the same time) and use apple-Backspace (hold down the Apple key and the Backspace key at the same time) on your keyboard to delete all the items.
Then close the Download Manager window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it is imperative to use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

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Firefox

Clearing All Privacy Items

In order to delete your browser history, cache, cookies, web form data, and download history, follow these steps:

1. Choose Options… from the Tools menu. (On Macintosh, select Preferences… from the Firefox menu.)
2. In the Options window, click the Privacy lock icon on the left side.
3. Next to the word History, click on the Clear button.
4. Next to the word Cache, click on the Clear button.
5. Next to the word Cookies, click on the Clear button.
6. Next to the words Saved Form Information, click on the Clear button.
7. Next to the words Download Manager History, click on the Clear button.
8. Click the OK button.

* Please note: Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it is imperative to use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

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Netscape 4

Clearing All Privacy Items

In order to delete your browser history, cache, and cookies, follow these steps:

1. Choose Preferences… from the Edit menu.
2. In the Preferences window, click on the word Navigator, then click on the Clear History button and the Clear Location Bar button.
3. Click on the box next to the word Advanced. This should display several more choices. Then, click on the word Cache and click on the Clear Memory Cache button and the Clear Disk Cache button.
4. Next, click on the word Advanced. You should then see a section labeled Cookies on the right side of the Preferences window. If it is set to Accept All Cookies or Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server, change the setting to Disable Cookies.

Remember what the original setting was, because you will need to change it back to that setting in the next step.

Once you have set it to Disable Cookies, click the OK button to close the Preferences window.

5. Next re-open the Preferences window (by choosing Preferences… from the Edit menu, as in step 1 above), click on the word Advanced again, and set the Cookies preference to what it was before.

If it was set to Disable Cookies in the first place, you can ignore this step.

6. Then click the OK button to close the Preferences window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it is imperative to use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

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Netscape 6

Clearing All Privacy Items

In order to delete your browser history, cache, cookies, web form data and download history, follow these steps:

1. Choose Preferences… from the Edit menu.
2. In the Preferences window, click the arrow next to the word Navigator and click on the word History. Then click on the Clear History button and the Clear Location Bar button.
3. Click the arrow next to the word Advanced and click on the word Cache. Then click on the Clear Memory Cache and Clear Disk Cache buttons.
4. Click the arrow next to the words Privacy & Security and click on the word Cookies. Then click on the View Stored Cookies button.
5. In the Cookie Manager window, click on the Remove All Cookies button. Then click the Close button.
6. In the Preferences window, click on the word Forms (under Privacy & Security). Then click on the View Stored Form Data button.
7. In the Form Manager window, click on the arrow next to Other Saved Information. Then click the term URL-Specific.

Next, you must manually delete all values which are attached to any sensitive sites. So, if you see a listing which has “www.amazon.com” in the URL field, you may not need to delete that. But, if the listing contains “www.safehorizon.org” in the URL field, you will want to delete that line.

In order to delete the line, just click in the Value field and delete all the text there.

8. The field may contain more information. Click the arrow on the far right side of the field. If other lines of information are displayed, select each line and delete the text for that line.

Once you have deleted all values for that field, when you click on the arrow on the right side of the field, you should see only a check mark in the pop-up menu.

9. You may need to delete other information in the Form Manager. You should look through all the categories listed in the box on the left side of the window (Primary Contact, Shipping, Billing, and Other Saved Information) and look for anything which might seem suspicious. Then [delete comma here] delete those items by selecting the text in the field on the right and deleting that text.

These fields may also have more information. Remember to click on the arrow on the right side of the field and delete all suspicious information.

When you are done, click OK in the Form Manager window.

10. In the Preferences window, click on the View Sites button.
11. In the Form Manager window, click on the Forms Never Saved tab and then click on the Remove All button.
You may also need to click on the Forms Never Previewed tab and click on the Remove All button again.
12. In the Preferences window, click the OK button to close the window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it is imperative to use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

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Netscape 7

Clearing All Privacy Items

In order to delete your browser history, cache, cookies, web form data, and download history, follow these steps:

1. Choose Preferences… from the Edit menu.
2. In the Preferences window, click the arrow next to the word Navigator and click on the word History. Then click on the Clear History button and the Clear Location Bar button.
3. Click the arrow next to the word Advanced and click on the word Cache. Then click on the Clear Cache button.
4. Click the arrow next to the words Privacy & Security and click on the word Cookies. Then click on the Manage Stored Cookies button.
5. In the Cookie Manager window, click on the Remove All Cookies button. Then click the Close button.
6. In the Preferences window, click on the word Forms (under Privacy & Security). Then click on the Manage Stored Form Data button.
7. In the Form Manager window, click on the Remove All Saved Data button. Then click the OK button.
8. In the Preferences window, click on the Manage Sites button.
9. In the Form Manager window, click on the Forms Never Saved tab and then click on the Remove All button.

You may also need to click on the Forms Never Previewed tab and click on the Remove All button again.

10. In the Preferences window, click the OK button to close the window.
11. Next, choose Download Manager from the Tools menu.
12. In the Download Manager window, click on one item and then use control-A on your keyboard (hold down both the control key and the A key at the same time; on Macintosh, press apple-A). This will select all the files in the list. Then click on the Remove From **[Form?]** List button.
13. Close the Download Manager window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it is imperative to use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

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Mozilla

Clearing All Privacy Items

In order to delete your browser history, cache, cookies, web form data, and download history, follow these steps:

1. Choose Preferences… from the Edit menu.
2. In the Preferences window, click the arrow next to the word Navigator and click on the word History. Then click on the Clear History button and the Clear Location Bar button.
3. Click the arrow next to the word Advanced and click on the word Cache. Then click on the Clear Memory Cache button and the Clear Disk Cache button.
4. Click the arrow next to the words Privacy & Security and click on the word Cookies. Then click on the Manage Stored Cookies button.
5. In the Cookie Manager window, click on the Remove All Cookies button. Then click the Close button.
6. In the Preferences window, click on the word Forms (under Privacy & Security). Then click on the Manage Stored Form Data button.
7. In the Form Manager window, click on the Remove All Saved Data button. Then click the OK button.
8. In the Preferences window, click on the Manage Sites button.
9. In the Form Manager window, click on the Forms Never Saved tab and then click on the Remove All button.
You may also need to click on the Forms Never Previewed tab and click on the Remove All button again.
10. In the Preferences window, click the OK button to close the window.
11. Next, choose Download Manager from the Tools menu.
12. In the Download Manager window, click on one item and then use control-A on your keyboard (hold down both the control key and the A key at the same time; on Macintosh, use apple-A). This will select all the files in the list. Then click on the Remove From List button.
13. Close the Download Manager window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it is imperative to use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

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Safari

Clearing All Privacy Items

In order to delete your browser history, cache, cookies, web form data, and download history, follow these steps:

1. Choose Clear History from the History menu.
2. Choose Preferences… from the Safari menu.
3. Click on the Security lock icon, then click on the Show Cookies button.
4. Click on the Remove All button, then click on the Done button.
5. Click on the AutoFill icon, then click on the Edit… button next to the words Other Forms.
6. Click on the Remove All button, then click on the Done button. Then close the Preferences window.
7. Choose Empty Cache… from the Safari menu. Click OK on the confirmation window.
8. Choose Downloads from the Window menu.
9. Click on the Clear button in the Downloads window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it is imperative to use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

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Deleting Files Created By Macromedia Flash

Instructions for Windows

Under certain circumstances, Macromedia Flash can create files on your computer. The files are actually created to protect your privacy by allowing you to decide which websites can use certain features in Flash. But, because of the way this is currently done, it can also put you in greater danger because your abuser can find these files.

These files are not created automatically. They are created when you right-click on a Flash movie and choose Settings…

In other words, if you DO NOT RIGHT-CLICK ON FLASH MOVIES you should be fine.

However, if you accidentally right-clicked on any Flash movies, you should follow the instructions below:

(These steps are for Windows users. If you use Macintosh, use these instructions.)

1. Open your Documents and Settings Folder. Usually, this will be here.

C:Documents and Settings

2. Open your user folder.

You may have only one user folder (like the “rbaker.000” folder shown on the right) or there may be many. If you are unsure which folder is your user folder, follow these steps for all the folders. You shouldn’t need to bother with “Administrator” or “All Users” folders.

In your user folder, open the following folders (as shown below):

Application Data
Macromedia
Flash Player
macromedia.com
flashplayer
sys

3. Select ALL the files in that folder, right-click on them and choose Delete from the pop-up menu.
4. Click Yes in the confirmation window.
5. Go to your Desktop, right-click on your Recycle Bin and choose Empty Recycle Bin from the pop-up menu.

* Please note: Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it is imperative to use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

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Deleting Files Created By Macromedia Flash

Instructions for Macintosh OSX

Under certain circumstances, Macromedia Flash can create files on your computer. The files are actually created to protect your privacy by allowing you to decide which websites can use certain features in Flash. But, because of the way this is currently done, it can also put you in greater danger because your abuser can find these files.

These files are not created automatically. They are created when you control-click (or right-click, if you have a right mouse button) on a Flash movie and choose Settings…
In other words, if you DO NOT CONTROL-CLICK OR RIGHT-CLICK ON FLASH MOVIES you should be fine.

However, if you accidentally control- or right-clicked on any Flash movies, you should follow the instructions below:

(These steps are for Macintosh users. If you use Windows, use these instructions.)
1. Open your Home Folder. Usually, you can click on the Home icon in a Finder window.
2. Once you are in your Home Folder, open these folders:

Library
Preferences
Macromedia
Flash Player
macromedia.com
support
flashplayer
sys

3. Select ALL the files in that folder by using apple-a (hold down the Apple key and the A key at the same time).
4. Move the files to the trash. You can do this quickly by using apple-backspace (hold down the Apple key and the Backspace key at the same time) on your keyboard.
5. Empty your Trash by using apple-shift-backspace (hold down the Apple key, the Shift key and the Backspace key at the same time) on your keyboard.
6. Click OK in the Empty Trash confirmation window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it is imperative to use a computer that your abuser cannot access.

There is help. You are not alone and it’s okay to talk about it!

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