Why do I need to reset settings in Mozilla Firefox?
Mozilla Firefox is second most popular browser. A lot of developers create various add-ons for it. Some are very useful, but some are made for pure advertising or even worse. If you are an Mozilla Firefox user (version is not so important) here I will show you how to reset settings in Mozilla Firefox in case they were changed by hijacker, adware, spyware and you want to revert it. Homepage, default search engine etc, can be changed manually and using special tools.
Reset Firefox settings manually
Here is manual (standard) way to reset your browser settings:
- Open Firefox
- Find 3 bar icon in the top right corner of the window and click on it
- In the menu find question mark icon and click on it
- In opened menu choose Troubleshooting information
- Alternatively you can do it by typing about:support in address line
- In opened window find Reset Firefox… button and click on it
- Again click Reset button
- Your Mozilla Firefox settings are now reset
Reset Firefox settings using avast! Browser Cleanup
One more way to reset settings in Firefox is to use great 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 Firefox settings using Stronghold AntiMalware
One more method to reset Mozilla Firefox 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 Firefox from changing
Most of you my readers have antivirus software installed (avast!, AVG, Kaspersky, Norton, Avira etc) and 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 those software but will help you to remove all ads form pages you visit (even YouTube!).
First is Norton – 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.