How To View and Restore Deleted Browsing and Search History
Are you looking for the ability to view browsing history in Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Yandex Browser, and more? Was the browsing history deleted? Was the Incognito mode used for private browsing? Did the user reinstall or uninstall the browser, and you want to find out why?
Formatting the disk, removing web navigation files or user account files – nothing can hide browsing tracks. Use Hetman Internet Spy, and all secrets will be uncovered.
Step 1: Choosing the user and browser
Download and install the program, then run it. You can try this product for free, but with certain limitations. The trial version cannot generate a report, and shows only the first 10 entries of the browsing history.
From the welcome screen, start the analysis and wait until the program finds all the users in your system. After the comprehensive disk scan, you will see a list of Windows user accounts. You can find logs containing browsing history in the folder C:\Users\[USER NAME]\AppData.
Choose the user and browser you’d like to learn more about. Today’s browsers save everything you do online. Webpage URLs, date of visit, time spent on a webpage, logins and passwords used, downloaded files, and lots of other information will be at your disposal after the analysis.
Later, you can change your choice to check other accounts and browsers. To do that, use the buttons in the upper right menu.
Step 2: Browsing history and search analysis
You can start learning about a user’s online activity from the History tab. It contains the names and addresses of all the pages ever visited, and shows the time when they were visited. By highlighting a certain line, you can see additional categories such as total number of visits, total time spent, website category, and a special mark showing that this piece of information was deleted from the browsing history.
You can filter and sort the results by any category. For example, click on the Plus button and add the filter Adult content to view a list of websites containing pornographic materials.
For convenience, the entire history is broken down into sections:
- Visits. All URLs.
- Search. Contains all the search queries a user has entered in Google, Yandex, Facebook, Vkontakte, Bing, Amazon, Ebay, and any other search systems. In addition to the search engine name, you can also view the query text and the time when it was entered.
- Social media. User history in social media such as Facebook, YouTube, VK, Twitter, Instagram, etc is given in a separate tab. Personal correspondence, user accounts, photos and videos viewed, and interaction dates – all of these are available right after the analysis.
- Translations. A special tab contains all translations made in such services as Google Translate, Yandex Translate, and so on. In addition to links and time of visit, you will see the translated texts, and the source and target languages.
- Mail. All emails – read or written – are put into a separate category. You will see the email subject, time of receipt or sending, and the account used.
Using the History tab, you can get a comprehensive report on the user’s online activity: purchases, friends, communications, videos viewed, work analysis, etc.
The Sessions tab contains data on all websites visited the two last times the browser was opened. It can be useful to view the most recent user activity if the browsing history has just been cleaned.
To view the most frequently visited online resources, go to the Top Sites tab.
The list of bookmarks created in a browser is shown in a separate category. It features not only the bookmarks that exist at the moment, but also the ones that have been deleted.
Information on all downloaded files can be viewed on the Downloads tab. You can see the name, size and time when a file was downloaded, as well as the download source.
All contact data: postal address, name, email, phone number, etc., that a user entered in contact and billing forms is available on the Addresses tab.
All data required to log on to websites and saved in the browser is shown on the Passwords tab. Using a login and password to a Google, Yandex or Facebook account, you can get information on:
- The user’s location at any time according to geolocation data;
- The entire history of all websites visited: dating websites, social media, online stores, banks, etc.;
- The devices used – both mobile and desktop equipment;
- Bank cards, including PayPal and PrivatBank, income and spending, loans and bank deposits;
- The user’s contacts in social media, personal messages, personal and work-related documents or photos.
Having gained access to the email the target user has specified when signing up to other websites, you will automatically get access to any other information.
The Files tab shows the browser resources where all information is stored. Advanced users can open them and see everything in an unmodified state. Database files are presented as tables, and XML files are broken into sections for convenient viewing.
To view the pictures cached by the browser to the hard disk, go to the Images tab.
Step 3: Generating a report
After viewing the analysis results in the program window, you can save a report for later use or importing into another system.
To generate it, run the Export Wizard by clicking on the corresponding button in the main menu.
Specify what section you want to export. By default, the program suggests exporting all the information, but you can also select to export only information from the currently opened section. Click Next to continue.
Choose the path to save the report to and select the format: Excel, HTML or PDF, and click Next.