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You may not want others who may have access to this computer to know that you have been visiting the court website. We are providing you with some information about how to remove information about your visit.

1)  The most important area to clear is the web history in your browser, which lists the sites you have visited. Clearing Your Browser History is very easy and should be done every time you go online for sensitive information. Deleting this history will not hurt your computer in any way, but someone using your computer may be able to tell that the history has been cleared. If someone asks you why you 'cleared the history', you can tell him/her that you did it to make the computer run better because these files take up space.

2)  Some websites put little programs on your computer to save information like your username and password so you don't have to login every time you use the site. These programs are called "cookies."  We use a cookie to see what pages people use the most. No information about you or our site is in our cookie. No one using your computer can find out from this cookie that you have been to our site, and what information you looked at. To learn how to delete cookies, See Clear Cache and Delete Cookies below.

To make sure there are no 'leftovers' on your computer, shut down or restart your computer when you are done. Please contact us if you need help with these instructions.

Clear Browser History:

  1. On the Internet Explorer ( IE ) toolbar, go to the Tools menu and select
    Internet Options
  2. On the window that pops up, look at the history section.
  3. Click the 'Clear History' button.
  4. You might be asked if you really want to delete these files. Click Yes.

This will clear the entire history in the browser. You can also delete just a couple of sites from your history. This is a little more complicated, but makes it less obvious you cleared your history:

  1. On the main toolbar in your IE window, click the 'History' button.
  2. A new frame will open in the browser window on the left.
  3. Click on the day you want to clean up. All sites visited on that day will be
    listed for you.
  4. Right-click on the site(s) you want to erase and select 'delete'. Or, you can highlight the name(s) of the site and use the 'delete' key on your keyboard.
  5. Close the history by clicking the 'x' in the upper right of the new frame.
  6. Close your browser.

Clear Cache and Delete Cookies:

Internet Explorer (IE)  

On newer versions of IE under Tools /   Internet Options you will also see options to Delete Cookies and Delete Files. 


Under the Tools menu, you will see "Clear Private Data"  this will remove History, Cookies and Cached files.

AOL on Microsoft Windows (PC):

  1. Click on the "Start" button.
  2. Select "Settings" and click on "Control Panel".
  3. Double-click on the Internet (or Internet Options) and select the "General" tab.
  4. Click on the "Settings" button in the Temporary Internet Files section and choose "View Files".
  5. Click on "Edit" and select "Select All".
  6. Press the "Delete" key on your keyboard. You might be asked if you want to delete your cookies. If so, click "Yes".

Internet Explorer (IE) on a Macintosh (Mac):

  1. Click on "Explorer" or "Edit" at the top of your screen.
  2. Click on "Preferences".
  3. Under Web Browser Preferences select "Advanced".
  4. Click on the "Empty Now" button on the right.
  5. Under Receiving Files Preferences click on "Cookies".
  6. Click on the "Delete" button to the right.
  7. Click "OK".

AOL on a Macintosh (Mac):

  1. Select "Preferences".
  2. Click the "WWW" icon on the left hand side.
  3. On the right hand side, click "Empty Cache Now".
  4. Click the "Advanced Settings" button on the right. A new window will open.
  5. Under "Receiving" click "Cookies".
  6. Highlight all files and press "Delete" on your keyboard.


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