How to Restore Your Browser to Default Settings?

Do you want to reset your web browser due to its frequent crashing or no responding issues? Resetting your browser to its default settings can often fix problems. Sometimes, uninstalling browser can’t remove some unwanted toolbars or change unwelcome settings because your personal data still stay on your computer. But resetting your browser settings will reset the unwanted changes caused by installing other programs. In this case, it may be required that you restore the browser to its default values. Follow the instructions below and you will learn how to reset your browser settings step by step.

How to reset Internet Explorer settings?

How to reset Chrome settings?

How to reset Firefox settings?

How to reset Opera settings?

How to reset Safari settings?

How to reset Internet Explorer settings?



Step1. Open Internet Explorer.


Step2. Click on Tools, and then click on Internet Options.


Or you can click on the gear icon and select Internet Options.


Step3. Click the Advanced tab in the Internet options window and then click on Reset button.


Step4. In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, click Reset.


Step5. When resetting browser settings is completed, please click Close and then click OK.


How to reset Chrome settings?



Step1. Open Google Chrome.


Step2. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click on the Customize and control Google Chrome button .

Step3. Click on Setttings.


Step4. In the chrome://settings/ page, scroll down to the bottom and you will see Show Advanced Settings. Click on it.


Step5. At the bottom of the page, click on Reset browser settings button.


(Alternatively, to reach Reset Browser Settings more quickly, you can type reset browser in the search box of the page. This will help you immediately locate the Reset Browser Settings button. )

Step6. When the Reset Browser Settings dialog box appears, click on Reset button.


Step7. When you complete the browser resetting, you may be required to restart the computer to let these changes take effect.

How to reset Firefox settings?



Step1. Start Mozilla Firefox.


Step2. Click on Help and then click on Trouble Shooting Information.


Or you can click on Open menu in the right top corner of the browser and then click on the question mark (Open Help menu).


And then click on Troubleshooting Information.


Step3. In the Firefox about:support/Troubleshooting information page, click on Refresh Firefox button.


Step4. When the Reset Firefox dialog box appears, click on Refresh Firefox button to confirm the changes.


Note: When you reset Firefox to its initial sate, Firefox will attempt to preserve your bookmarks, history, passwords, form history, and cookies. However, your extensions and themes will be removed and your preferences will be reset.

How to reset Opera settings?


Unlike other browsers, Opera doesn’t have an actual reset function. It doesn’t show you options to restore the settings to default values. But if you are in a strong urge to reset it, just follow the simple method below to reset the browser.

Step1. Close all running instances of Opera browser.

Step2. Make sure that the windows explorer shows hidden files. To do this, please click on the Organize button in any folder, and then select Folder and Search Options from the menu.


Click the View tab, and then select Show hidden files and folders in the list. If necessary, you can uncheck the checkbox from Hide protected operating system files as well.


Step3. Go to C:UsersUserNameAppDataRoamingOperaOpera and remove Operapref.ini file, provided that you have installed Opera using the default settings. (For Windows 7/Vista)

Go to c:documents&settings>username>application data>opera>opera>profile and remove Operapref.ini file. (For Windows XP)

Step4. Start Opera and the browser will rebuild default configuration settings.

How to reset Safari settings?



Step1. Start Safari browser.


Step2. Click on the gear icon in the top right corner and a drop-down menu will appear, and then click on the Reset Safari tab.


Step3. When a warning dialog box appears, click on the Reset button to complete the process.


Step4. Safari will restart automatically.

Kindly Reminder:

If certain PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) that you install change your homepage/search engine or install malicious toolbars but you can’t fix these problems by resetting your browser settings, we suggest you install a powerful removal tool –SpyHunter to scan the system and remove any unwanted programs. Once the malicious software is completely deleted, your browser can work properly again. It is important to keep an advanced anti-spyware program on your PC to prevent from malware infections.

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