Website history monitoring even when browser history is cleared

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December 18, 2015 Of Directors

Now, if someone opens your PC in your absence, they always have a thought in mind to keep track of the usage history of your websites. Now, for your spy instinct, here is a little tip with which you can find the list of websites you have recently visited. Note that this trick also works if you clear your browser cache or opt for private browsing using a VPN or TOR browser. Everyone knows that by pressing CTRL + H you can access the history pages of browsers such as Chrome. Mozilla, etc. So you don't need to be a geek to clear browsing data if you want to hide where you've gone.



But there is something known as a DNS cache which keeps track of URLs even when all methods have been used to purge their history. No, no matter how clever you are in erasing the traces in the sand of time, you can search all your records in a notepad. Let's see how it works.

Step 1 - Press key Windows + r to open the run command.

Step 2 - Now write CMD on it.

3 pass - Now once you have typed or pasted the code given below and hit enter

ipconfig / displaydns> websitelist.txt

Step 4: Now the DNS cache has been registered in a file called websitelist.txt.

Now where is this file located?
Exactly in the same location where you ran the command. The default path is c -> Users -> PC Username

C: Users Username


Alternatively, you can also search for this file in the search box on the taskbar in Windows to find the file.


6 pass - Now, open the txt file in notepad and that's it. All recently visited websites on your PC are listed here.


One thing to keep in mind is that when you open a website, a lot more third-party URLs are opened along with it too, and so the DNS cache list will contain that as well. For example, a wordpress blog will likely contain Gravatar.com. Also, some subdomains create a separate entry.


However, you can keep scrolling through this huge (but not that big) list to find the website you want to know about. You can also use Ctrl + F to search for any website in the list.

How to clear this DNS cache so that no one can track you

Just open CMD and type ipconfig / flushdns and hit enter. This record will be deleted and the usage history of the websites you visit cannot be tracked using the method explained above.

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