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How to Reset Internet Explorer Settings?

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Microsoft Internet Explorer

 

How to Reset Internet Explorer?

 

As of me writing this article, Internet Explorer remains the most popular browser for PC. Primary reason being that it ships with all Windows PCs being sold (except for Windows PCs sold in Europe).  Internet Explorer, with every new version is slowly and steadily getting closer to match the performance and features of it’s closest competitors – Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Over a period of time, Internet Explorer or any other internet browser can become cluttered with too. many toolbars, addons, extensions, etc.. These extra bloat of programs can cause sluggishness, reduced screen space, annoying advertisement popups, search redirects to some ad ridden search engines, and in worse case scenarios – virus and spyware infections. These are the few of the many reasons why you would like to reset your browser to default state.

A Fake Error Message

A FAKE Update Notification

You can read How to avoid installing unwanted toolbars and softwares ? to prevent cluttering your browser in first place. You can also read on “How to reset Firefox to clean state?” if you use Firefox too., and How to reset Google Chrome for PC? if you use Google Chrome.

 

My Internet Explorer

My Internet Explorer (click to see it in it’s full glory)

 

Reset Internet Explorer Settings:

Resetting Internet Explorer normally does not delete your bookmarks/favorites, however its better to be safe then sorry.

Read How to backup and restore Internet Explorer Favorites and Bookmarks? and backup your favorites in a safe place for complete peace of mind.

Let’s begin resetting Internet Explorer Settings:

 

Step 1:  Click the Cog towards the top right corner of Internet Explorer and click Internet Options:

1) Click the Cog and then Internet Options

1) Click the Cog and then Internet Options

 

Step 2: Internet Options window will pop up after Step 1, click on the Advanced tab on the extreme right and click Reset towards the bottom of same window :

2) Click on the Advanced Tab and click Reset

2) Click on the Advanced Tab and click Reset

 

Step 3 :  Check Delete Personal Settings and click Reset. We are deleting personal settings to get rid of unwanted personalization changes done by toolbars and addons.

3) Check Delete Personal Settings and click Reset.

3) Check Delete Personal Settings and click Reset

 

Step 4 :  We are almost done now ! Click Close :

4) Click close

4) Click close

 

Step 5 : Close all open programs after saving your work and restart the computer :

Internet Explorer, back to normal (click to enlarge)

Internet Explorer, back to normal (click to enlarge)

 

Make it a point to avoid installing unnecessary programs and toolbars that may come along with other programs. i have noticed most of the smiley, screensaver and free game download websites come bundled with additional potentially unwanted programs and toolbars. As I mentioned earlier, read this guide : How to avoid installing unwanted toolbars and softwares ? for better understanding and preventing future problems.

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