Know What Browser You Are Using:

If you are not sure what type of browser you use. This is how you find out.

Most people have Netscape, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari.

Click on the Help button at the top of your screen and selecting the last menu option. This should provide information about your browser, including the version number.

Do this now.

Hide Your Searching:

Prevent others from seeing what sites you have been on.

The ‘cache’ and history files on your computer show what sites you have recently visited. You can empty your cache and clear your history files after each time you have used your computer.

But you should very cautious about clearing all your cache and history files. If your abuser is comfortable with computers, and sees that you have cleared all the cache and history files on your computer, they might get angry or suspicious. If that is a possibility, it would be better for you to use a computer they cannot have access to – for example, at a library, a friend’s house, or at work.

Another option you have is to delete only specific sites from your cache and history files. If you are comfortable with computers, you may want to do this. Your browser will have instructions about how to delete specific files from you cache and history.

Clear Your Browser’s History

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Click on “Tools” in the top menu
  2. Select “Internet Options”
  3. Select the “General” tab
  4. In the middle section, “Temporary Internet Files,” click “Delete Files”
  5. In the bottom section, “History,” click “Clear History”

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click on “Tools” in the top menu
  2. Select “Options”
  3. Select “Privacy” in the left column
  4. In “History,” click “Clear”
  5. And in “Cache,” click “Clear”

Netscape Navigator

  1. Click on “Edit” in the top menu,
  2. Select “Preferences”
  3. In the left-hand “Category” box, select “Navigator”
  4. At lower right, under “History,” click “Clear History”
  5. Below that, click “Clear Location Bar”
  6. Back in the left-hand “Category” box, click “Advanced” and then “Cache”


  1. From the Safari menu, click “Empty Cache”
  2. When asked “Are you sure you want to empty the cache?”, click “Empty”
  3. From the Safari menu, click “Preferences”
  4. From the Security dialog box, click “Bookmarks”
  5. Click “Show Cookies”
  6. From the Cookie dialog box, click “Remove All”
  7. Click “Done”