How to Restore Browser History for Internet Explorer

Updated April 17, 2017

The internet Explorer Web browser stores the URLs of all the websites you browse in an internet history folder. This folder may be helpful to monitor Web activity, especially if you share your computer with another user. Parents use this feature frequently to track what their children are viewing on the internet. Internet Explorer, however, allows users to easily delete internet history from the browser itself, thus making it tough for you to monitor Web activity. The most effective option in such cases is to perform a system restore, which reverts your system to an earlier time period. Keep in mind that a system restore will only affect Windows system files, programs and registry settings. It does not affect personal files, such as e-mail, documents or photos.

Click on the Start button and select "All Programs." Scroll up and click on "Accessories." Click on the "System Tools" folder and then click on "System Restore."

Hit "Next" to view a list of available restore points. If you use Windows XP or lower, click on "Restore my computer to an earlier time" prior to clicking on "Next."

Single-click to select a restore point from the list. Hit "Next." You may also use the calendar or click on "Show restore points older than 5 days" to select an earlier restore point. Make a selection based on when your internet browser history was deleted.

Click on "Finish." This will restart your computer automatically.

Launch internet Explorer. Click on "Tools" and select "internet Options." Hit the "General" tab. Click on "View Files" under "Browsing History" to make sure your browsing history was restored.

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