Reset Google Chrome to default settings


Reset Google Chrome to default settings

If the Google Chrome settings are changed, for instance, an unwanted search engine has set its self as the default homepage. Google Chrome shows unwanted, or even strange redirects and new tab pop-ups.

The easiest and fastest way to get rid of these unwanted changes is by resetting the Google Chrome web browser to its factory or default settings.

Reset Google Chrome will not solve all ad-related problems. Most often the adware is installed on the PC and is abusing Google Chrome to display ads.

In order to get rid of adware, we advise scanning your computer with Malwarebytes to remove any adware etc.

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  1. In the top-right corner of the Chrome browser window, open the Chrome menu (three vertical dots).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under the section “Reset settings,” click Reset settings.
  5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.
    Note: When the “Help make Google Chrome better by reporting the current settings” checkbox is selected you are anonymously sending Google your Chrome settings. Reporting these settings allows Google to analyze trends and work to prevent future unwanted settings changes.

Settings that change

  • The default search engine and saved search engines will be reset and to their original defaults.
  • The homepage button will be hidden and the URL that you previously set will be removed.
  • Default startup tabs will be cleared. The browser will show a new tab when you startup or continue where you left off if you’re on a Chromebook.
  • The new Tab page will be empty unless you have a version of Chrome with an extension that controls it. In that case, your page may be preserved.
  • Pinned tabs will be unpinned.
  • Content settings will be cleared and reset to their installation defaults.
  • Cookies and site data will be cleared.
  • Extensions and themes will be disabled.

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