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How to reset Firefox to clean state ?

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This is a follow up post for How to avoid installing unwanted toolbars and softwares?

In one of my previous post I showed you on how we avoid installation of unwanted toolbars and softwares. Now what if you already have too. many toolbars and ad ridden search engines in your browser? In today’s guide I will cover how to reset Firefox browser to make it like a fresh installation with your bookmarks intact.

So, how to reset Firefox to clean state ?

 

Step 1 : Resetting Firefox does not reset your bookmarks, your bookmarks will be safe even after the reset. But as a precaution, make sure you backup your bookmarks before you reset the Firefox. You can follow my guide on How to backup and restore Firefox bookmarks before proceeding.

 

Toolbars in my Firefox (click to enlarge)

Toolbars in my Firefox (click to enlarge)

 

The above screenshot is taken from a toolbar ridden Firefox window. Notice that the homepage is changed, we have lesser screen space available & search settings have changed too. Now let’s begin “Operation: Firefox Reset” !

Step 2 : Click “Firefox” on top left corner of your Firefox window, then “Help”, then “Troubleshooting Information” :

Navigate to Troubleshooting Information (click to enlarge)

Navigate to Troubleshooting Information (click to enlarge)

 

Step 3 : Click “Reset Firefox” towards the right of the page that loads up :

Click "Reset Firefox" (click to enlarge)

Click “Reset Firefox” (click to enlarge)

 

Step 4 : Firefox will advise you that it will “try” to preserve your bookmarks, etc. But I hope you have followed Step 1 as a precautionary measure. Click “Reset Firefox” :

Click "Reset Firefox" (click to enlarge)

Click “Reset Firefox” (click to enlarge)

 

Step 5 : Wait for few seconds for Firefox to reset itself in the background and you will get the window below, click “Finish” to complete the reset :

Click Finish to complete the Firefox Reset (click to enlarge

Click Finish to complete the Firefox Reset (click to enlarge)

 

Step 6 : Navigate to “Firefox” -> “Options” -> “Options” and change the homepage to the website you prefer and press “OK” :

Change Firefox Homepage (click to enlarge)

Change Firefox Homepage (click to enlarge)

Change Firefox Homepage (click to enlarge)

Change Firefox Homepage (click to enlarge)

 

Step 7 : Close and reopen Firefox to enjoy the cleaner and safer Firefox again !]

Clean Firefox (click to enlarge)

Clean Firefox (click to enlarge)

 

In the event of loosing the bookmarks, restore the backup of the bookmarks you took in Step 1 by following Restore Bookmarks section of my previous guide “How to Backup and Restore Firefox Bookmarks ?

I will soon write guides on how to reset Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. Keep reading PCSurfer..

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