How to reset browser settings to default

Why reset the browser?

The browser reset procedure reverts the browser settings to their defaults. It also removes all add-ons and extensions, sets the default search engine and start page. 

When should I reset the browser

It can be very useful to reset the browser in the following situations:

  • the browser began to work slowly;
  • websites do not load correctly (design looks strange, some plugins do not work, etc);
  • unwanted third-party ads appear at all websites;
  • unknown site opens instead of a site you requested:
  • you are unable to remove unwanted extensions from the browser.

Internet Explorer reset

Launch Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Go to Internet options:

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Go to the Advanced tab.

Press Reset button:

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Set the checkbox Delete personal settings.

Press Reset:

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Press Close when resetting is done:

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Google Chrome reset

Launch Google Chrome.

Press Menu button in the upper right.

Select Settings:

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Click on Show advanced settings link:

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Press Reset settings button:

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Press Reset button in a small pop-up window:

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When the following window disappears the reset is done:

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Mozilla Firefox reset

Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Press the Menu button.

Press the button with a question mark:

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Click on Troubleshooting Information:

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Find the Reset Firefox to its default state area on the right.

Press the Reset Firefox button:

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Press Reset Firefox  in a small pop-up window:

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Opera reset

It is a little bit more complicated to reset settings of Opera browser because Opera does not have the Reset button.

Launch Opera.

Press Opera button.

Select About Opera:

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Copy Profile and Cache addresses and open these two locations in two different explorer windows:

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Close the Opera browser!

Delete all files and folders in Profile location:

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Clean the Cache folder:

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