Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224
If you feel you may be in danger by viewing this page
read below on how to erase your traces on the Internet
Erasing Evidence of your Internet Activities
If you bookmark this or any other site about domestic violence, your abuser can find out that you have been getting information on domestic violence. If you can, clear all cache/history files from your web browser. You may want to access this site from somewhere other than home. See instructions below for eliminating traces to browsing the internet for domestic violence web pages.
For AOL members
NOTE: These instructions are only applicable for AOL 6.0 and 7.0 software.
HOW TO DELETE THE TOOLBAR HISTORY
1. On the AOL toolbar, click on SETTINGS, then click on PREFERENCES.
2. Click on TOOLBAR & SOUND.
3. Click on CLEAR HISTORY TRAIL NOW.
4. Click on YES.
5. Click on SAVE.
NOTE: If you want the toolbar history to be cleared each time you sign off, select Clear History Trail and Auto-complete after each time I Sign Off or Switch Screen Names before you click on SAVE.
6. Click on the X in the upper right corner to close the Preferences window.
Instructions for Internet Explorer
To delete temporary internet files, cookies and pages listed in your History:
1.On the menu at the top of the browser window, click on Tools>Internet Options
2.In the dialog window that opens, click on the "General" tab.
3.In the section labeled "Temporary Internet Files", if you wish to delete all the files and cookies, click on the "Delete Files..." button. A confirmation dialog will open asking if you want to delete all files in your temporary internet folder. Click "OK".
4.If you wish to selectively delete files and cookies, click on the "Settings..." button. A dialog window will open. Click on the "View Files..." button. A window will open with a list of all your temporary internet files and cookies. You can highlight the files you wish to delete and hit the delete key or click Edit>Delete.
5.To empty the History folder, click on the "Clear History" button and then the "OK" button.
Instructions for Netscape
To delete pages listed in your History:
1.Click on Communicator>Tools>History on the menu bar at the top of your browser window.
2.When the History window opens, highlight the addresses you want to delete and hit the delete key on your keyboard or click on Edit>Delete on the menu bar.
3.If you wish to clear the History file, click on Edit>Select All then Edit>Delete.
To empty your cache:
1.Click on Edit>Preferences on the menu bar at the top of your browser window.
2.When the Preferences window opens, click on the "+" sign in front of "Advanced" in the frame on the left then click on "Cache" to open the cache dialog.
3.In the Cache dialog window, click on the "Clear Memory Cache and the "Clear Disk Cache buttons and click on the "OK" button to close the window.
Each time you access web sites, "cookies" can be created. Cookies are cryptic bookmarks that a Web site can place on your computer to acknowledge your prior visit, authenticate your access or let you continue on through a site from where you last left off. They are really no big deal and will not do anything to damage your computer, however, they can leave a trail of evidence of where you have been on the web.
If you visit a web site on domestic violence and a cookie is created as a result of that visit, your abuser can trace your trail and discover where you've been.
Deleting cookies in Explorer
If you wish to selectively delete files and cookies, click on the "Settings..." button. A dialog window will open. Click on the "View Files..." button. A window will open with a list of all your temporary internet files and cookies. You can highlight the files you wish to delete and hit the delete key or click Edit>Delete.
Deleting cookies in Netscape
There's no simple mechanism for deleting Cookies in Netscape. At the same time though, it's not very easy to locate the cookies that are placed on your computer when using Netscape. If you want to delete the cookies in Netscape, you have to open "Windows Explorer" and browse to the "Netscape" folder which is usually in your "Program" folder on your "C" drive. In the "Netscape" folder is a folder called "Users". Open "Users" and then the "default" folder contained within. In the "default" folder there's a file called "cookies.txt". You can delete that file without harming your computer but all your cookies will be removed and some web sites that you visit frequently may not recognize you when you return. If you double click the file name, it will open in Notepad and you can edit out the cookies related to domestic violence web sites you've visited despite the fact that it says you can't edit.