Browsing History

I am IT assistant in a can i find the browsing history of students what websites they have visited.
can any one help me in finding  how to check that
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Hi There,

Unless you are logging this on a server. You would just access the browsing history through the browser you are using.

You can press Ctrl H to check the browser history of each computer (both firefox and IE).

The problem you have is if each student logs into a computer with a generic login such as 'student'. If your school uses an Active Directory enviroment and has individual logins for each student, you can tell where each student has been. Otherwise all you can get is an idea where the browser has been at a particular date and time.
You could visit the History section of any browser. its located on top menu.

Or else, you could just scroll address bar to see the recent websites visited by user

(You can check History only if it is not cleared up)

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Enter Internet Explorer from your computer.
Go to the URL window at the top of the browser and click on the downward-pointing arrow.
View the list of Web sites that you have recently visited.

click History Tab on standard Tool Bar or ctl+H
Go to C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

There you can see local cache of latest accessed web pages.
John GriffithConsultantCommented:
Hi -
Here are the folders to check.  Be sure to check under each username, specifically the Administrator.  You can log onto the Admin account by booting into SAFEMODE - tap the F8 key repeatedly during boot-up.  The Admin account s/b able to overcome any file permission problems.  They are hidden folders/ files -

c:\Documents and Settings\Default User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
c:\Documents and Settings\Default Usert\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History
c:\Documents and Settings\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History
c:\Documents and Settings\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\Low
c:\Documents and Settings\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
c:\Documents and Settings\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low
c:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
c:\Windows\Temp\Temporary Internet Files

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kshyam10--I am assuming the kids are smart enough to know to delete History.
More difficult is to delete the index.dat file in Content.IE5 where data on website visits is also kept.  That is a subfolder of Temporary Internet Files and it is a hidden file.  One way to reach it is to type C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 into a Windows Explorer Address bar and click Enter.
Now, reading the index.dat requires special programs.  Try
These programs will offer to read all the index.dat files on the hard drive.
Remember it is the index.dat file in Content.IE5 that you want to read.
John GriffithConsultantCommented:
The "delete history" buttons used on either IE7/ 8 or FFox leave alot behind.  Furthermore, if the history is deleted, the index.dat will be updated accordingly.  To read a hidden file within Windows Explorer you must change the folder options - if not already set to read hissen & system files.   The IE5 content files have both Hidden & System attributes.  To remove the attributes, via the cmd/"DOS" screen -  change the folder (directory) to and IE5 content file via the CD command.  You can list a directory's contents via DIR command -

PASTE THESE COMMANDS IN 1 at a time or copy into a Notepad and save it with .BAT as the extension.  Then 2x-click on BAT file and it will run the commands.  Either way, a Notepad will open on its own with the contents of the folder - files, sub-folders & its files, etc...
cd \Documents and Settings\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\Low
dir /a /s > %temp%\1.txt & start notepad %temp%\1.txt
To change the Hidden & System attributes, go to the directory, then type -
attrib -h -r *.* /s 
To change the directory up one level -
cd ..

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jcgriff2--I cannot agree with your statements in the post above--assuming I understand them.  
The content of the index.dat in Content.IE5 is not affected by clearing TIF from Internet Options.  Index.dat is not "updated".  (There are many third party programs, such as CCleaner that will clear it, but I am expecting that kshyam10's kids will not know this.)
Your statements concerning hidden files are not accurate.  You can access and read Content.IE5 using the technique I mentioned.  It may help if hidden files and folders are no longer hidden in Windows Explorer|Tools|View tab.  But while Content.IE5 will still not be shown, it can be accessed as indicated.  And those programs for reading index.dat files will work in any event.

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I used the suggestion above jcgriff2.  It was just what I needed.  Unfortunately you get a lot of history.  
I mean the suggestion from jcimarron.  Thanks
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