How To Reset Browser Settings For Firefox, Chrome And Internet Explorer


Most of the widely used Internet browsers have a reset option. This can be useful in case of problems caused by different add-ons, if there is browser hijacking or simply because of performance issues.

Let’s take a look at using the reset functionality in three of the widely used browsers : Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Mozilla Firefox :

For resetting Firefox, go to Help > Troubleshooting Information.

firefox troubleshooting information

Next, click on “Refresh Firefox”.

reset option for Firefox

Doing this will remove all the existing add-ons and set the browser settings to default.

starting the reset process in Firefox

Google Chrome :

Access Chrome settings by clicking the horizontal lines icon next to address bar and choose “Settings”.

accessing Google Chrome settings

Scroll down and at the very bottom, click on “Show advanced settings”.

advanced settings option in Google Chrome

Click Reset when the confirmation dialog box is displayed.

reset settings in Google Chrome

Resetting will disable all Chrome extensions, delete cache/cookies and browsing data and also change the home page to default settings.

Internet Explorer :

Click on gear icon and choose “Internet options”.

accessing internet options in internet explorer

Next, from the “Advanced” tab, click on “Reset”.

reset option in internet explorer

In the next dialog box, enable the tick next to “Delete personal settings”.

starting the reset process in IE

This will reset all the privacy settings, security settings, other user settings and disable existing toolbars and add-ons.

resetted IE

Using this reset option for browsers can save time when trying to troubleshoot performance problems or remove annoying toolbars and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

Resetting the browser settings and then running a malware/adware scan resolves most of the common annoyances in most cases. Tools like MalwareBytes and Hitman Pro are effective for fixing this.

As always, it is a good practice to not install anything that isn’t familiar and check if extra unwanted software is getting installed during the installation process for any program.


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