Viewing Browser Historyby Ayn on November 28, 2007
Q: Is it possible to see the browser history of a computer that used my home network?
A: To view the browser history for a particular computer you must have access to the computer by either physically sitting at it or by using software that lets you remotely access the computer, like Remote Desktop Connection on Windows. If you have access to the machine then there are a couple of different ways of doing this on your computer, and there are a few third-party applications you can download as well. We will discuss them from easiest to hardest.
The easiest way to view the browser history for almost every browser out there is to locate the address bar (the section of your screen that tells you the address for the website you are on) and click the down arrow located to the right of the address. When you do this, you will notice that the address bar drops down and shows you all of the sites that have been visited during the time between the current session and the last time the browser history was cleared. The downside of this method is that it only shows the main sites visited. For example, if I were to visit the CNN website and then click on a link to a particular story, CNN’s main site would show up in my browsing history, but not the site for the individual story. So, this method gives a quick, broad overview of websites visited, but does not account for individual pages within a site.
Another way to view browser history (this varies from browser to browser but is basically the same for most) is to open the browser’s history in the sidebar. To do this in Firefox click the History tab at the top of the browser window. Here you will see a list of all of the sites visited, including pages within a site as in the individual news story on CNN’s site as mentioned above. Scroll to the bottom of the window and select Show in Sidebar. Here you will see a list of all of the websites visited, separated into folders by day, week, and month; a handy way to locate a particular site, particularly in instances where you remember when you looked at a site, just not the site’s address.
There are many third-party applications designed to let you view your Internet History. BHV – Browser History Viewer, IEHistoryView, and Enhanced History Manager for Firefox allow you to have more control over and information about the browsing history on your computer. Although these add-ons give you a bit of additional information, I would stick with the methods used above to view my browser’s history.
The methods above should allow you to see the browser history for the computer that used your home network. However, if someone has already deleted the History from the browser, then you won’t be able to view it through ordinary methods.
Good luck, and I hope this information helps!