In order to prevent nosy friends and relatives from finding out about the websites you visit, you recently read my guide on how to delete history and deleted the history of the browsers installed on your computer. After a few days, however, you had second thoughts and now you would like to know if there is a way to recover deleted history.
In order to clear your doubts about this, I want to tell you that yes, it is possible to recover your deleted history and, therefore, you can easily repair the "damage" done. How do you say? You are very happy about it but now you want to understand how to proceed? Well, don't worry, I can give you a hand! If you follow my instructions, you'll be able to recover deleted history in no time, you have my word.
Before explaining in detail what to do, I want to reassure you about one thing: regardless of the operating system and web browser you use, this is a very simple operation to perform and for the execution of which you need only a minimum of attention and a few minutes of free time. It makes no difference whether you are more or less expert in IT and new technologies.
If you want to find out all the steps you need to do to recover deleted history, I suggest you to sit down and concentrate on reading the following lines. I'm sure that in the end you'll agree with me that recovering your deleted history was really a piece of cake and that if necessary you'll also be willing to explain to your friends how to proceed. What do you say, shall we bet?
Recover deleted history on Windows
On Windows, to recover deleted history you can use some special programs designed exactly for this purpose. These are basic tools that you can download directly from the Internet without spending a cent.
Thanks to these programs you can recover deleted history of all common web browsers: Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Use them and I'm sure you won't regret it.
MiTec Internet History
The first software I suggest you turn to when trying to recover deleted history is MiTec Internet History. In case you haven't heard of it, it's a free program that you can use without installation and that allows you to easily recover your deleted history. I'll tell you how to use it.
First of all, click here so that you can immediately connect to the download page of MiTec Internet History and then click on the Download button located at the top right.
Wait for the program to start and finish downloading, and then start MiTec Internet History by clicking on the Open button in your browser window or the program's ZIP file icon in your download folder.
Next, double-click on the IHB application attached to the downloaded compressed archive, click on the Extract All item and click on the Extract button. Now double-click on the IHB file attached to the new window that appears.
Wait until the MiTec Internet History window is visible and then click on the Scan button located at the top right in order to start the history analysis procedure.
When the analysis is complete, locate the date from which you wish to recover deleted history, select the history item you wish to view with the mouse cursor, and then click the Open button at the bottom right of the window so that you can view it directly in your web browser. The reference web browser is indicated by a special icon in the MiTec Internet History window.
Was MiTec Internet History not to your liking? If so, you can use BrowsingHistoryView. This is a free program that does not require installation, so you can get it done in no time.
So if you want to recover deleted history click here to go to BrowsingHistoryView download page and then click on the Download BrowsingHistoryView button at the bottom. Click the Download BrowsingHistoryView 64-bit button if you are using a 64-bit version of Windows.
Wait for the program to start and finish downloading, and then start BrowsingHistoryView by clicking the Open button in your browser window or the program's ZIP file icon in your downloads folder. Then double-click on the BrowsingHistoryView application attached to the downloaded archive, click on the Extract All item and click on the Extract button. Now double-click on the BrowsingHistoryView file attached to the newly displayed window.
Once the program's window appears, select the browsers you wish to recover deleted history for by ticking the checkboxes in the Web Browser section, specify the reference period using the Filter by visit data/time section and then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
Now wait a few moments for the history analysis procedure to be started and completed after which locate the items of your interest from the list displayed, click on them with the right mouse button and choose the Open URL in Web Browser option so that you can view that specific web page directly in the web browser of reference. The web browser of reference is indicated by an icon in the BrowsingHistoryView window.
If desired, you can also export the history contents to a convenient text file for later viewing. To do this, just select all the history items you want to work on, click on File located in the upper left part of the program window and select Save Selected Items.
Recover deleted history on OS X
If you have a Mac instead of a Windows-based computer and you want to try to recover deleted Safari history, the first thing you need to do is to check if OS X has made a backup so that you can restore it with Time Machine.
If you haven't heard of Time Machine, you should know that Time Machine is a valuable utility included in OS X that allows you to save all the data on your computer to an external hard drive. To learn more about it, I suggest you check out my guide on how to make a backup with Time Machine.
As I mentioned, you can recover deleted history on Mac using Time Machine. Keep in mind that the utility is fully automatic. Therefore, if it's not already active, you won't be able to recover your history, sorry.
In order to make sure that Time Machine has done its job, all you need to do is make sure that the utility is active. To do this, click on the icon of Time Machine attached to the menu bar (it is the icon of a clock), click on the item Open Time Machine Preferences... and verify that the lever on the left side of the window is located next to the voice Active green.
At this point, in order to retrieve history on Safari, close the web browser, click anywhere on the desktop, hover your mouse cursor over the menu bar, and then click on the Go item, making sure to hit the alt button on your Mac keyboard at the same time. Then select Library from the menu that appears.
In the window that will now appear on your desktop, find the Safari folder, double-click on it to access its contents and locate the History.db, History.db-wal and History.db-shm files.
Then, navigate to Launchpad, click the More folder, and then click the Time Machine icon to launch the utility. Now use the timeline on the side to indicate the exact date from which you want to recover deleted history. Next, select the History.db, History .db-wal, and History.db-shm files with your mouse cursor, and then click the Restore button.
Once you've done this, wait a few moments for the process to start and complete, and then log back into your web browser to verify that the process was successful. To make sure that your Safari history has been recovered, click on the History item on the browser's menu bar.