How to Restore Deleted Temporary Internet Files

by Jerry Garner

Have you ever been suspicious of someone's Internet activities? If so, it's likely you've checked the "history" folder on his web browser to see where he's been. This is typically a dead end, since anyone who is up to no good is usually smart enough to clear this history. Wouldn't it be great if you could restore the temporary Internet files that were deleted so you could trace that person's browsing patterns? Well, you can--and it is quite easy to do. You no longer have to guess what someone is doing online when he clears his history, because you can recover the information and see it for yourself.

Find a time when you can have private access to the computer without being interrupted. This will allow you to restore and browse through the deleted temporary files without having your efforts disrupted.

Choose a recovery software program. There are many affordable programs available. Some are free, and others offer a free trial that will allow you some degree of usage without paying. Links to some popular recovery programs can be found in the Resources section.

Download and install the recovery software you selected in the previous step. This will install the program on your computer so you can use it to scan the deleted file sectors on the hard drive.

Open the program you installed. Allow the program to scan the hard drive for deleted files, including the temporary Internet files. You will have the option of keeping these files as deleted or restoring them to the hard drive. Either way, you will have a detailed list of websites to browse through.


  • check Leaving recovery software on a computer is a tell-tale sign that you have been snooping. If you would like to be sly about your investigation, de-install the software after you have finished using it.

Items you will need

About the Author

Jerry Garner has been writing semi-professionally for more than 15 years. The body of Garner's work includes informative articles, news and current events and historical essays. He is an avid sports fan and frequently writes about outdoor activities online.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera .::HiMU::., Creative Commons License