How to Reset Web Browser Settings

By Eric Som

If you are a Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer user and you are experiencing issues, you may need to reset your Web browser to its default state. Some browser problems emerge because of changes caused by a user's preferences/settings. Therefore, resetting a Web browser is one of the easiest ways to troubleshoot certain issues. Resetting your Web browser's settings may cause you to lose your toolbars, passwords and personal settings. Therefore, backup any important information before resetting your browser.

Google Chrome 5.0.

Step 1

Open the browser and then choose "Options" from the "Tools" pull-down menu.

Step 2

Click on the "Under the Hood" tab and then select the "Reset to defaults" button.

Step 3

Choose the "Reset to defaults" when prompted to confirm if you would like to reset your browser to its default state and then select "Close."

Internet Explorer (IE) 8

Step 1

Open IE8, select "Tools" and then choose "Internet Options" from the drop-down menu.

Step 2

Choose the "Advanced" tab and then select the "Reset" button. Check the "Delete personal settings" check box if you would like to remove your personal settings while resetting IE.

Step 3

Select "Reset" and then click "Close" when the reset process completes.

Firefox 3.6

Step 1

Open the Windows Start menu and then choose the "Run" utility.

Step 2

Type the following command in the box and then click "OK":firefox -safe-mode

Step 3

Check the "Reset toolbars and controls," "reset bookmarks to Firefox defaults," "Reset all user preferences to Firefox defaults" and "Restore default search engines to Firefox defaults" check boxes, respectively and then select the "Make Changes and Restart" button.