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Reset your browser - Restore your browser to default settings

July 2015

Note that: All passwords, bookmarks and other personalized data including the your custom settings be lost after restoring the default settings of the browser.


Your browser often crashes and you have tried all possible solutions to fix it? It may be required that you restore it to its default values. Note that all your saved items (passwords, favorites) will be cleared.

How to reset Internet Explorer

Click on Tools > Internet Options. Go to the Advanced tab. Click on the Reset button.

How to reset Opera?

Close all running instance of Opera. Go to the installation folder of Opera:C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\, provided that you have installed Opera using the default settings. Delete the Operapref.ini file

How to reset Google Chrome?

Under Windows

Method 1:
  • Close all running instances of Google Chrome.
  • Go to the installation folder of Google Chrome:
    • C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\User Data.
    • In the User Data folder, look for a file named as "Default" and rename it.
    • Launch Google Chrome and a new "Default " file will be created.

Method 2:
  • On the latest version of Google Chrome, click on the Customize and control Google Chrome button > Settings.
  • Click on Advanced Settings.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page, until you reached the "Reset browser settings" section.
  • Click on Reset browser settings.


Under MacOS

Rename the Default file, located in:
~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default

Under Linux

Rename the Default file, located in:
~/.config/google-chrome/Default

How to reset Firefox?

Read this FAQ: Reset Firefox

How to reset Safari?

  • Open Safari.
  • Click on the "Safari" in your Safari menu.
  • A drop-down menu will appear, simply click on the Reset Safari tab.
  • A warning dialog will appear pointing out what will be removed.
  • Click on the Reset button to complete the process.
  • Safari will restart automatically.
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