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How to reset browser settings to default

This guide will help you reset browser settings to default because most adware, browser hijackers, redirect virus or online phishing scams target your browsers. They modify your browser settings to show unwanted ads and cause forced redirection to other sites.

Such threats can also install malicious add-ons or extension on your browser. If you want to solve this problem, then you need to identify the infection and remove malicious extensions from browser completely.

Resetting the browser could also do the trick in many cases. It will simply turn around your browser to its original factory default state. It is just like resetting a smartphone. However, in this case, your data like saved passwords or bookmarks will not be erased.

So if you think your browser is infected, or you are seeing lots of unwanted pop-up ads on your browser, or some other crappy search engine or homepage, or facing the forced redirection issue, then you can reset your browser.

How to Reset Browser Setting to Default

Resetting a browser to default settings require some skill. We have created a step-by-step guide for you to easily reset your browser. Follow the below instructions carefully to undo all the undesired changes made by infections to your browser settings:

Reset Google Chrome

  • Open Chrome’s Menu (⋮) from the upper right corner of the browser.
  • Find and click on the Reset and Clean up option from the left menu.
  • Press the Restore settings to their original defaults option.
  • Finally, click on the Reset Settings button to reset your browser.

Reset Browser Settings Google Chrome

Refresh Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox Menu (☰) from the upper right corner of the browser.
  • You will again see the drop-down menu on the right side of your browser.
  • Press the Help option from the list to open the Firefox help menu.
  • Now click on the More troubleshooting information option.
  • Finally hit the Refresh Firefox button to reset your browser settings.

Reset Browser Settings Mozilla Firefox

Reset MS Edge Browser

  • Click on the More Tools (…) option on Microsoft Edge from the upper right corner.
  • A drop-down menu will instantly appear on your browser screen.
  • Find and click on the Settings option from the Edge drop-down menu.
  • Click on the Reset Settings option from the left side menu.
  • Hit the Restore settings to their default values option.
  • Finally, press the Reset button if your browser asks for permission.

Reset Browser Settings Microsoft Edge

Reset Safari Browser

  • Click on the Safari menu from the top of the browser right next to the Apple logo.
  • You will see a drop-down menu right there when you will click on the Safari menu.
  • Click on the Clear History and Website Data option from the menu.
  • A new dialogue box will appear saying Clearing will remove history, cookies, and other website data.
  • Finally, click on the Clear History button to clear all the data and reset your browser settings.

Reset Browser Settings Safari

Resetting your browser can help you block pop-ups and forced redirection on your computer. Your browser will get back to its default settings once you perform the above steps to reset your browser. Rest assured it will not delete your saved passwords or bookmarks.

About the author

Robert Calvert

Robert is the Chief Security Expert and Founder of PCSafetyGeek.com website. He is a cybersecurity enthusiast who loves to research about Malware outbreaks and write about their remedies. He also like to spend time trying new software, reviewing them and sharing IT news. However he is a real coffee lover and likes to play chess in spare time (which is quite rare 😜).

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