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How to Reset IE/FF/Chrome to Default Settings?


Browser hijacker and adware are rampant all the time. Once they find their way onto your computer, they will tamper with the settings of your internet browser. In order to get rid of such infections, you need to uninstall programs that are causing these problems and restore the settings of your internet browser. You can do these easily under guide, but sometimes it is complicated to restore browser settings. Under such circumstances, you may choose reset your internet browser to default settings.


Guide on resetting IE/FF/Chrome to default settings



Reset Internet Explorer to Default Settings:


1. Close all the Internet Explorer windows.

2. Launch Internet Explorer, click Tools or gear icon at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.


Note: If you are Windows 8 user, please launch Internet Explorer for the desktop.


3. Switch to Advanced tab in the Internet Options window and click on the Reset button.



4. Check Delete personal settings and click Reset button in the new window.



5. After the reset finished, click Close button. Then restart Internet Explorer.



If you can not start Internet Explorer, you can go to Start menu and type inetcpl.cpl in the search box, and then press Enter to open the Internet Options window. Go on step 3 to step 5 after the window is open.



Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default Settings:


1. Click on orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser, and then move the mouse pointer to Help in the dropped-down menu and select Troubleshooting information from the sub-menu.



2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the Troubleshooting Information page and in the confirmation window that opens.




3. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will open.



Reset Google Chrome to Default Settings:


For the latest version users:

1. Close all the open Chrome windows and start Chrome.

2. Go to Customize and Control Google Chrome menu > Settings > Show advanced settings… > Restore browser settings.

3. Click on Restore browser settings button and Reset button in the coming out window.

Chrome-reset 1



For Chrome 15, 16, 17 users:

1. Close all the open Chrome windows and start Chrome.

2. Click “Customize and Control Google Chrome” menu and select Options.

3. Switch to Under the Hood tab under Google Chrome Options window and click on Reset to Defaults button.



For other versions users:

1. Close Chrome and go to Chrome User Data folder.

Chrome User Data folder location:

C:\Users\User name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

Chrome Reset


Please note that AppData is a hidden folder.

To show hidden files and folders: click on Organize in open Computer window → select Folder and search options → Go to View tab in Folder Options window  → check Show hidden files, folders and drives

Show hidden folder 1


Show hidden folder-2


2. Rename the Default folder as Default-old or anything else.


Chrome will be reset and a new Default folder will be created. You can retain some settings (especially things like bookmarks and login info) by copying those files from the old Default folder to the new Default folder when Chrome is closed.


3. Run Chrome and remove unwanted extensions when informed.


That’s all.




Reset browser to default settings can rid you of problems such as redirecting and excessive pop-up ads, but this these problems may come back if you don’t uninstall programs that are causing such problems. Before reset browser settings, please manage to uninstall suspicious applications that may cause such problems.