4 ways to recover deleted history on the internet
By Livia | 04/Dec/2023
For many different reasons, your history on the Internet will be deleted accidentally. If you need to retrieve deleted Internet history, this article will be a good guide with 4 ways to recover deleted history on the Internet without any software.
Actually, the history on the Internet is stored in the Windows Registry. In addition, if you deleted the history accidentally, you still have chances to retrieve Internet history that may get stored as Internet cookies too. Hence, meant to target these system resources and get the history are the normal ways to recover deleted history on the Internet.
Method1. Recover deleted history on the Internet with System Recovery
You can simply use the System Restore tool to get the deleted history back if the history was deleted on the Internet recently. Below are what you need to do:
Step1. Click on 'Start', go to 'Programs'. In the 'Programs' menu, tap on 'Accessories', then go to 'System Tools'.
Step2. The 'System Tools' and select the 'System Restore' option. Pick a date that precedes the date when you cleared your Internet history.
Step3. Reboot and check your browser.
Method2. Recover deleted history on the Internet with Search Desktop Operations
If the restore option of system recovery is disabled, there are many desktop search programs available such as Yahoo desktop search, Google desktop search, etc. You need to remember a few keywords of what you want to search for in the Internet history, and then input the words in the search box and get it recovered.
Method3. Recover deleted history on the Internet with Log Files
Log file is an extension that is used to stores arbitrary data for all Windows computers, the .DAT extension is the format of Log file. For example, some operation uses a file called 'index.dat', which stores all the information of the operations that users have performed.
Follow the steps below to retrieve deleted Internet history with Log Files.
Step1. Click on the Start menu, go to Control Panel.
Step2. Look for and click on Folder Options, pay attention to the second windows that named as “View”
Step3. Inside the View tab, look for and select, the Show hidden files and folders option. Remove the check in the box of Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and apply changes and exit the window.
Step4. Go to My Computer and search tool to find all instances of index.dat in the C drive and the C drive only. It will show you the multiple index.dat files in the search results.
Step5. In case of Google, it is a .dat file, go to Google index.dat reader, or directly go to a software downloading site that you trust and get the reader. In case of Firefox, it is the 'history.dat' file, which needs to be checked out.
Method4. Recover deleted history on the Internet with Log Files with Cookies
Cookies are helpful to give you a fair idea of the web pages that you have viewed. You can tap the 'Internet Options' dialog box which is under one of the tab of your browser to recover deleted cookies. Take Firefox browser as an example, you can get the option to check out the cookies under the 'Privacy Tab' of the options dialog box.