There are tons of ways to customize and tweak most current web browsers to make them behave more to our liking.
And in addition to the changes we make on our own, many downloads and browser add-ons take it upon themselves to make changes to our browsers’ settings without us even knowing about it.
These changes add up over time, and eventually your favorite browser might become extremely slow and unstable due to all the changes.
Throw a browser hijacker or virus into the mix and it can even become unusable. If that happens, what should you do?
Well, the first thing I always try is resetting all the browser’s settings back to their default settings. It works more often than not, and it’s very easy to do.
Important: Resetting your browser won’t delete your bookmarks/favorites, browsing history or stored passwords.
However, it will clear your browser cookies so make sure you’ll be able to log back into any websites your browser are storing the passwords for BEFORE you initiate the reset.
Also be aware that you’ll need to re-enable your browser extensions after the reset is complete.
After reading all the above, if you’d like to reset your browser back to its default settings just follow the applicable instructions listed below…
To reset Google Chrome:
1 – Click the Customize and Control icon in the upper right-hand corner of the window (it looks like three vertical dots).
2 – Select Settings.
3 – In the left-hand pane, click Advanced.
4 – Also in the left-hand pane, click Reset and clean up.
5 – In the right-hand pane, click Restore settings to their original defaults.
6 – In the confirmation dialog box that pops up, click Reset settings.
To reset Firefox:
1 – Click the Application Menu icon in the top-right corner of the window (it looks like three vertical lines).
2 – Click Help.
3 – Click More troubleshooting Information.
4 – In the box at top-right, click the Refresh Firefox button in the box at the upper right-hand side of the screen.
5 – In the confirmation dialog box that pops up, click Refresh Firefox again.
That’s all there is to it. Your browser’s settings should now be all reset back to their default states.