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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How to retrieve your deleted or lost browsing history

How to retrieve your deleted or lost browsing history

Have you ever thought of recovering back your lost or deleted browser history on your computer? It is very possible to perform such action but not everyone is aware of this.
At the end of reading this post, you should be able to know several methods of getting back your deleted browser history. Keep reading.

To achieve this, you'll have to install some tools on your PC and set it up to work for you.

Method 1. Using CMD
There's a lot you can do with CMD on your computer and one of them is retrieving your web logs or browser history.
This method uses DNS Cache to restore deleted Chrome browsing history. It requires internet access on your computer and you should not shut down or restart your Computer if you need to restore deleted internet history.

To execute this method, the first step to take is to open CMD by pressing Windows+R and then type CMD

Step 2. Type in the below code in Command Prompt and hit the enter button to proceed

“ipconfig /displaydns”

Here, a list containing all your previously visited websites on Chrome, Internet Explorer, FireFox, Opera, etc. will be displayed to you.

But immediately you shut down or restart your Computer, all saved DNS cache will be lost. That is, you won't be able to get back all previously visited webpages.

Method 2. Using Systenance Software Index.dat Analyzer

Index.dat Analyzer is one of Systenance's software developed for the purpose of accessing and making usefulness of index.dat files hidden on your computer.

What are index.dat files?
Index.dat files are hidden files on your computer that include all your online activity, that is, list of URL-s, files and documents you recently. These hidden files unintentionally creates potential privacy threats to the user as they can be accessed without the user's knowledge.

Index.dat files exist for some reason only known to Microsoft. According to the company, these files are used to store visited websites which are then used to speed up internet explorer. However, they are hidden files that do not contain an actual web cache other than information about your browsing habits.
There is no prove that these files help to speed up internet explorer, they are just hidden on your computer while they monitor and cache your browsing habit.

Now back to the use of Systenance Index.dat Analyzer.

Step 1. Download and install Systenance Index.dat Analyzer on your computer

Step 2. Launch the software and click on the search button. This will permit the tool to sort out all your browsing history by looking up for the index.dat files on your computer.

Step 3. When the search is complete, click OK to analyze all your history

You can also select your preferred browsing history and decide to either delete them permanently or save them.

Method 3. Using Google's My Activity.
This is an alternative to the above methods, though this requires an internet access as you will be logging on your Google account on the browser you frequently use. Google My Activity page could help you save videos you've watched on YouTube, websites you've visited with that browser, provided you sign in your preferred Google account on the browser..
Now how would you gain access to your deleted browser history?

Step 1. Log on to your Google Account, and go to the Google My Activity page

Step 2. Opening the page, you will see a tutorial on how to use it, skip it if you like and hereafter, your browsing history will be displayed to you. You can make use of the search box to find a specific history.

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