Resetting Internet Explorer settings to its default state is one method that works well when dealing with adware, potentially unwanted program, browser hijacker, and malicious extensions. This method will restore the browser to original setup when it was first installed on the computer. You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC. This can be useful for troubleshooting problems that might be caused by settings changed after installation. Resetting Internet Explorer isn’t reversible, and all previous settings are lost after the reset.
To have a clean browser once again, you must supersede all changes made by malware. Doing a reset on Internet Explorer is the first thing to do when cleaning up your browser. However, please bear in mind that once you reset Internet Explorer, there is no way to reverse the changes and all current settings will be lost.
- Open the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box. To do this, use one of the following methods:
Automatically open the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box
Note This automatic wizard applies to Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. If you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 or Windows 10, go to the “Manually open the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box” method.
- Click here to download the automatic wizard.
- In the File Download dialog box, click Run, and then follow the steps in the wizard.
Manually open the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box
- Close all Internet Explorer and Explorer windows that are currently open.
- Start Internet Explorer.Note If you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, start Internet Explorer from the desktop. Changing your settings will affect both Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer that you start from the desktop.
- On the Tools menu, tap or click Internet options. If you don’t see the Tools menu, press Alt.
- In the Internet Options window, tap or click the Advanced tab.
- Tap or click Reset. If you’re using Windows Internet Explorer 6, click Restore Default.
- In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, tap or click Reset.
- When Internet Explorer finishes applying the default settings, tap or click Close, and then tap or click OK.
- Exit and then start Internet Explorer.