Why do I need to reset settings in Google Chrome?
Google Chrome is the most popular browser nowadays. Obviously, it is a primary goal for various advertising companies. If you are a Google Chrome user (version is not so important) here I will show you how to reset settings in Google Chrome in case they were changed by hijacker, adware or any other reason and you want to revert it. Those settings are homepage, default search engine, various site preferences, and cookies. This will not affect your passwords or forms.
Reset Chrome settings manually
Here is the manual (standard) way to reset your browser settings:
- Open Google Chrome
- Find 3 bar icon in the top right corner of the window and click on it
- In the menu find Settings and click on it
- Alternatively you can do it by typing chrome://settings/ in address line
- In opened window slide to the bottom and find Show advanced settings link and click on it
- Again slide to the bottom and find Reset browser settings button and click on it
- In next windows just click Reset button
- Your Google Chrome settings are now reset
Reset Chrome settings using avast! Browser Cleanup
One more way to reset settings of Chrome is to use excellent avast! Browser Cleanup utility. Here you can revert settings, also, you can find and remove unwanted browser extensions. Utility is free and can be downloaded here:
Reset Chrome settings using Stronghold AntiMalware
One more method to reset Google Chrome settings – use Norton Antispyware. Its tool called Reset Browsers Settings. This program also can find and remove adware, spyware, malware etc, and remove toolbars. Very useful software, and you can download it here:
How to protect settings in Chrome from changing
Although 90% of you my readers have antivirus software installed (avast!, AVG, Kaspersky, Norton, Avira, etc), you still get infected with adware and hijackers. Due to some reason, these antiviruses don’t stop such unwanted applications. Here I want to recommend 2 softwares that will not only protect you against malware but will help you to remove all ads form pages you visit (even YouTube!).
First is Norton – an excellent antimalware suite that can remove adware, hijackers, toolbars, trojans, keyloggers and many more. Also, it has several shields to protect your browsers from infiltration. It will not conflict with the antivirus software you have. Download it here:
Second is Adguard. Adguard is basically developed to fight ads and banners on websites – it can cut advertisements from more than 20 browsers including Google Chrome without damaging site layout, cut ads on YouTube and so on. One of the cool features is parental control and website phishing filter that will protect you from visiting harmful websites.
Thanks for reading this. Hope this guide will be helpful.