How to Reset Your Browser – Chrome, Firefox & Internet Explorer

Several of our readers often write in to us asking about popup ads that cannot be disabled, adware applications that take over the default search engine and home page of their browsers and other such questions. In cases where running a scan and deleting the malicious program from the PC also does not help, we recommend the resetting of web browsers completely.

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This process was recently undertaken by me when I accidentally downloaded and installed a malicious adware that installed several unwanted programs like TornTV Downloader, Omiga Plus and SearchProtect. These unwanted programs took over my browsers and refused to go away even after I carried out complete system scans, repairs and even removed the programs from the Control Panel.

What ultimately helped solve this issue for me was resetting my browsers. The steps for this are mentioned below with screenshots and directions for the same.

How to reset Google Chrome:

  • Click on the three horizontal bars at the top-right corner of your Chrome screen.
  • Click on the Settings option.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on Show advanced settings.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on Reset settings.
  • In the window that opens, click on Reset.
  • Your Google Chrome is now as good as new.

google chrome button

How to reset Mozilla Firefox:

  • Activate the Menu Bar on Firefox by pressing F10.
  • Click on Help, which is the last option in the Menu Bar.
  • Click on Troubleshooting Information.
  • Click on Refresh Firefox.
  • In the window that opens, click on Refresh Firefox.
  • You will now see a window which says your process was successful. Click on Let’s go.
  • Your Mozilla Firefox is now as good as new.

firefox button

How to reset Internet Explorer:

  • Click on Tools in the Menu Bar.
  • Click on Internet Options.
  • In the window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  • Click on the Reset button.
  • In the next window that opens, click on the Reset button.
  • Click on the Close button.
  • You will now need to restart your machine for the changes to take place.
  • Your Internet Explorer is now as good as new.

internet explorer button

You should remember that resetting web browsers does not necessarily solve all malware or popup related issues. However, sometimes it is a worthwhile step that can actually solve issues in a simpler way. Resetting browsers also removes all settings, plugins, add-ons, browsing history and other configurations since it is as good as starting with your browser from scratch. So be prepared to reconfigure these settings once the reset has been completed. For all other queries, feel free to get in touch with us and stay tuned for further updates.

Rahul Thadani

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5 years ago

Nice

Onil Sonawani
Onil Sonawani
5 years ago

Try Safari browser for Windows from Apple .

Onil Sonawani
Onil Sonawani
5 years ago

Good news from Firefox –
In an effort to head off the problem of malicious or misbehaving browser add-ons, Mozilla is planning to require developers to have their Firefox extensions signed by the company in the near future. –

Read more from below link .

https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2015/02/10/extension-signing-safer-experience/

Gaurav
Gaurav
5 years ago

Slow this app

Nikhil
Nikhil
5 years ago

Hello Rahul,

Is Ad-on named ABP(Adblock plus) is safe to install to block ads

SAI KIRANMAYEE
SAI KIRANMAYEE
5 years ago
Reply to  Nikhil

yes…it is the best solution as i had got a problem with these ads which are not poped out even resetting the settings a number of times….

go ahead 🙂

sayali
sayali
5 years ago

thanks was very helpful

ajit
ajit
5 years ago

Many Many Thanks. I was suffering a lot.

Vasundhra
Vasundhra
5 years ago

Hey… Just recently I started having these weird ads by ‘UniDeal’ on every page, in Chrome. Later I came to know that it was because of an extension, called , ‘UUniDEalS’. I don’t remember downloading it or whatsoever, but anyways I first checked my Program & Features, and removed all suspicious files and then removed the extension from Chrome. When I restarted my computer, those ads were again there, and to my surprise ‘UUniDEalS’ extension was back. I later did some research on Google and found out that these ads have some secret (lol, I’m making it sound like someone’s… Read more »

Vasundhra
Vasundhra
5 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

Nope.
I already tried doing most of them, but I did it again, just for the sake to getting those Ads out. I was hopeful, but nothing happened.
Since step number 4 and 5, showed no signs of Unideals present in my computer other than in Chrome itself, I decided to reistall Chrome. Now those ads are gone as well.
But it would have been better if Quick Heal stopped those Ads from even entering my computer.
But anyways, the problem is solved! (Finally! xD)

Ram Parshad Sharma
Ram Parshad Sharma
5 years ago

Very useful information for all the internet users, Thanks for sharing.

Mukesh Gupta
Mukesh Gupta
5 years ago

Is Ghostery is also safe for ad on to install

RAJENDRA MHATRE
RAJENDRA MHATRE
5 years ago

I NEED GUIDANCE AS TO HIOW TO GET RID OF POP UPS FROM OPERA BROWZER.

Rajiv Singha
5 years ago

Hi Rajendra,

You might find the below link helpful:

https://www.wikihow.com/Block-Ads-%28Unwanted-Pop-Ups%29-in-Opera

Regards,

Hari
Hari
5 years ago

How about Maxthon browser, which is the fastest Browser I have used so far. It is also relatively stable.

Avijit Basu
Avijit Basu
5 years ago

helpful info. thnx

Dhiren
Dhiren
5 years ago

ok…thanks

rajendra
rajendra
5 years ago

useful tips

Amit Goje
Amit Goje
5 years ago

Good Jobs………. Nice Tricks!!

tnx……

Deepak
Deepak
5 years ago

gr8

Ashish Rane
Ashish Rane
5 years ago

Thanks for the info. Really helpful.:)

Arun Sule
Arun Sule
5 years ago

Pressing F10 on Mozilla activates Menu Bar only momentarily.
It disappears as you start scrolling.
Can you tell me how to keep Menubar visible always?
Thanks

Dr Prasad Dongargaonkar
Dr Prasad Dongargaonkar
5 years ago

Great. It works

swadhin
swadhin
5 years ago

Nice.

Shashi K
Shashi K
5 years ago

This does not work. Of late Internet Explorer has been infiltrated and taken over by an ad engine ‘Ads by unisales’ the url is https://advertising-support.com/why.php?type=3&zone=458516&pid=1748&ext=unisales.

This interferes with browsing, I have reported the site to no avail, resetting does not solve anything.

Rajiv Singha
5 years ago
Reply to  Shashi K

Hi Shashi,

Our Support Team can help you solve this issue:

1. You can submit your query at https://bit.ly/Askus. The Team will get back to you with a solution.
2. You can also contact them at 0-927-22-33-000.
3. Alternatively, you can chat with our engineers by visiting this link >> https://bit.ly/QHSupport >> Chat with Us

Regards,

Fayaz Ahmad
Fayaz Ahmad
5 years ago

Sine i am using Quick anti virus Pro ..but form the last week i am receiving a message ” SYSTEM IS NOT SECURE VIRUS ACTIVE IN MEMORY Click RESTART NOW to fix the problem” the icon also turns into RED.

When i restart the system the problem is resolved but after some time it agian turns the icon red and flashes the same message.

Rajiv Singha
5 years ago
Reply to  Fayaz Ahmad

Hi Fayaz,

Our Support Team can help you solve this issue:

1. You can submit your query at https://bit.ly/Askus. The Team will get back to you with a solution.
2. You can also contact them at 0-927-22-33-000.
3. Alternatively, you can chat with our engineers by visiting this link >> https://bit.ly/QHSupport >> Chat with Us

Regards,

DENIS
DENIS
5 years ago

thanks for resetting my system

Anand Virkar
Anand Virkar
5 years ago

COOL !!!

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