Now, if someone opens your PC in absence of you, you always have a thought on your mind to track his websites usage history. Now, for the sake of spying instinct of yours, here is a small tip with which you can find the list of websites he visited recently. Note that this trick works even if he clears his Browser cache or he goes for private browsing using VPN or TOR browser. Every One Knows that By pressing CTRL+H you can reach the history pages of browsers like chrome. Mozilla etc. So, he don’t need to be a geek to clear browsing data, if he wants to hide where he have gone.
But, there is a thing known as DNS cache which keeps the record of the urls even when all methods of deleting their history have been employed. No , matter how smart he is in erasing the footprints in sands of time, you can fetch all his records in a notepad. Lets see how this works.
Step 1 – Search cmd in windows 10 search box.
Step 2 – Right click on command prompt icon and choose run as administrator.
Step 3 – Now, once it write or paste the code given below and hit enter
This will take you to C folder. Alternatively, you can choose any path here.
Now, copy and paste the command given below and hit Enter Key.
ipconfig /displaydns > websiteslist.txt
Step 4 – Now, the DNS cache has been recorded on a file named websiteslist.txt.
Now, where is this file located?
Exactly, at the same location where you ran the command. In this case it was simply C folder.
Just open your C folder.
Alternatively, you can also search for this file in search box of taskbar in windows to find the file.
Step 6 – Now, open the txt file in notepad and there you go. All the recently websites visited on your PC are listed here.
One thing to note is that when you open a website, many more third party URL also opens along with it and thus DNS cache list will contain that also. For example, a wordpress blog will most probably contain Gravatar.com. In addition to it, the some sub-domains creates a separate entry.
But, you can keep scrolling this huge (But not so huge) list to find the website you want to know about. You can also use Ctrl+F to find any website in the list.
How to Delete this DNS cache so that no one can track you
Just open CMD and type ipconfig /flushdns and press enter. This record will be cleared and your usage history of visited websites can’t be tracked using the method explained above,
Saurav is associated with IT industry and computers for more than a decade and is writing on The Geek Page on topics revolving on windows 10 and softwares.