Many instant message programs are set, by default, to save
your chat history.
This might not be a desirable feature for people who share a
computer with others since it could pose a security threat.
Delete the folder in which the history is saved or delete
the chat history within the instant message program.
Popular instant messenger programs, such as Yahoo!, Windows
Live and Skype, simplify the process of clearing message archives.
Delete archived messages in Yahoo! Messenger.
Open Yahoo! Messenger.
Click on "Messenger" on the toolbar and select
Click "Clear Archive Now" to delete your chat.
Clear chat history in Windows Live Messenger.
Open the program and click the first icon from the right at
the top of the box.
This is the "Show Menu" icon. Highlight
"File" and click "View Message History."
Select a contact from your list to view messages from or to
Click "Delete History" at the top of the
"Message History" window.
Erase your conversation history in Skype.
Launch the program and click on "Privacy Settings."
Click the "Clear History" button under the
"Keep History For" section.
This will delete all saved conversations.
Clean the message archives in Google Talk.
Click "Settings" on the toolbar and select
"Chat" from the list of options.
Click the "Don't Save" option and click
Delete all message archives with an application.
Programs such as Cyber Scrub, WinClear and ParetoLogic
Privacy Controls will delete the history from any instant messaging program, as
well as tracking data from your Internet activity. Many of these programs are
available for download.