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Restore Default Browser Settings

Browser extensions, add-ons, plug-ins, and other related software items can occasionally change your browser configurations. If you are unable to revert those changes manually, all of the major browsers allow you to restore the default settings. We've collected instructions for the five major browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Apple Safari.

Instructions for...

Restoring Microsoft Internet Explorer default settings

  1. Open "Tools", and then "Internet Options"
  2. Click on the "Advanced" tab
  3. Check the Delete "Personal Settings" checkbox to reset homepage, default search provider, and other current settings. Click "How Does Resetting Affect My Computer" for more information on these personal settings changes.
  4. Click the "Reset" button.

Restoring Google Chrome default settings

  1. Remove third-party Chrome extension/s from "Settings" > "Extensions"
  2. Select your preferred default search engine in Chrome Settings by clicking "Manage Search Engines", hovering over your selection, and then clicking "Make Default". Now hover over other suspicious entries and remove them by clicking "X"
  3. Remove suspicious URL's from "Settings" > "On Startup", by using the "Set Pages" link
  4. Check the "Show Home" checkbox under "Appearance" in "Settings", delete any suspicious URL's, and choose your preferred homepage as desired.

Restoring Mozilla Firefox default settings

  1. Navigate to "Help" > "Troubleshooting Information"
  2. Click "Reset Firefox" button

Restoring Opera default settings

  1. Close any open Opera windows
  2. From the Start menu, navigate to C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\ where [username] is the affected user.
  3. Delete "operaprefs", a .ini file, from this folder.

Restoring Apple Safari default settings

  1. Click the settings icon and navigate to "Reset Safari". Click the "Reset" button.
  2. Click the settings icon and navigate to "Safari Extensions...". Remove any unwanted extensions.