Reset Google Chrome to default settings

By | December 24, 2016

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.

Want to reset another browser Internet Explorer, or Firefox?

Max
Author: Max

Hi, I am Max. I am a computer security researcher. In order to help people, I research adware and blog about the web browser. Share the knowledge.

13 thoughts on “Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  1. AvatarRodney Coelho

    Hi max
    I reset Google but that did not solve my problem. I am still getting the “cannot establish secure connection “. I can’t use any of my browsers. Can’ Run email. All give me the save message. So until I solve this I can’t get on the internet. Can you help?

  2. MaxMax Post author

    Hi Rodney, contact me through the contact form. What do you mean by “save message” I don’t understand.

  3. AvatarCarolyn Kim

    After the final click to reset, I keep getting a “paused” sync and have tried to sign into my google account multiple times, and still running into the paused issue. Thank you

  4. AvatarAnonymous

    my google chrome app dosent start in my laptop please give me some advise

  5. AvatarNadine Marie Macauley

    1- is Chrome browser the same as Chrome browser mobile?
    2.What is the difference between
    Samsung / Tmobile–
    Google/ Facebook
    a) same search engine?
    3. Is it better to use beta browser in either?
    4. I was using a different browser- Telegraph, is this how I messed my phone up in the beginning?

  6. AvatarJohn S Chon

    Hi Max,
    I tried to reset according to your instructions. But it keeps turning non stop but I cannot get to he web page.

  7. AvatarAnonymous

    helo, im trying to play roblox but wheni hit the play button it sais, open url: Roblox protocol, how do i fix it?

  8. MaxMax Post author

    Did you download and install Roblox before clicking the Play button?

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