When Your Browser Isn’t Working Right, Try Resetting It
Installing extensions can add functionality to your browser, some of them quite helpful – LastPass for example. Others, like Shop-at-Home and other malware/PUPs can cause your browser to display unwanted popups, slow to a crawl or worse. Sometimes removing or disabling browser extensions doesn’t fix the problems, if this sounds like something that’s happen to you… read on.
If you are having problems with your browser, no matter what the cause, try resetting it. Resetting your browser removes all extensions and resets your browser back to its original state. Resetting a browser does not erase or remove your bookmarks or favorites, you’ll need to reinstall or re-enable any extensions you use. But be careful… don’t load your browser up with too many extensions, or you may be setting yourself up for more problems.
Here’s the skinny on resetting the 3 most popular browsers:
Internet Explorer – Click Tools / Internet Options / Advanced Settings / Reset
** If you don’t see the Menu bar at the top of Internet Explorer, right click near the top of the browser windows and check “Menu bar” ***
Firefox – Click Help / Troubleshooting information / Refresh Firefox
** If you don’t see the Menu bar at the top of Firefox, right click near the top of the browser windows and check “Menu bar” ***
Chrome – Click the Menu icon. The menu icon is in the top-right corner of the browser window; it looks like 3 vertical dots. Then click Settings. At the very bottom of the Settings dialog, click on “Show Advanced Settings” and then scroll all the way down to the very bottom and click “Reset settings”.
Microsoft Edge (Windows 10) – Open the “Settings” menu by clicking the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner and click on “Settings.” Under Clear browsing data, click “Choose what to clear” and then click “Show more.” There are a lot of choices here. Select them all and click “Clear.” Restart your PC and re-open Edge.
When your favorite browser is not working right, resetting it may be the fix you’ve been looking for.