Does your Internet browser crash, slow down or struggle to display web pages that it previously presented without difficulty? If you can’t find the source of the problem, the easiest solution is to reset it.

Does your Internet browser crash slow down or struggle to

Does your Internet browser crash, slow down or struggle to display web pages that it previously presented without difficulty? If you can’t find the source of the problem, the easiest solution is to reset it.

Web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari or even Opera are not software quite like the others. Certainly, like all apps, they are not infallible. But above all, they are on the front line on the Web and therefore subject to all kinds of mishaps. Malicious sites can thus corrupt them and deposit files there to take control of them. In addition, they can accommodate extensions to enrich them with new functions. But it’s a double-edged sword since some can slow them down or even make them unusable…

Do you notice major malfunctions with your Web browser such as unexplained slowdowns, changes in behavior or even pages that open automatically? Are you unable to detect the cause of the phenomenon or identify the potentially culprit extension? Uninstalling and reinstalling your browser may not solve your problem. The settings and preferences files remain “embedded” in the system, so that during reinstallation, the problems encountered are likely to reappear.

To wipe the slate clean, all browsers include a reset function. By activating it, you get a browser stripped of all the extensions you may have installed on it – but also of all your personal settings. The browser looks like you’ve just installed it for the first time, except that it fortunately keeps track of your histories, saved passwords, and favorites. Of course, after the operation, it will have to be configured again. The manipulations described below work just as well on Windows as on macOS (with the exception of Safari of course which only runs on Mac).

Resetting Google Chrome helps get the browser back on its feet. Note that in passing, you do not lose your favorites or your browsing history or your saved passwords.

► Open Google Chrome. Click on the three overlapping dots at the top right of the browser. From the menu that appears, choose Settings.

► In the left column, click on Reset and Clean (on Windows) or Reset Settings (on macOS). Finally click on Restore default settings.

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► An alert panel is displayed and informs you of the consequences of the operation. Validate with a click on Reset Settings.

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Just like Chrome, Firefox allows a reset without losing everything like passwords, bookmarks and history.

► Open Firefox then click on the three superimposed lines at the top right of the browser. In the pop-up menu, click Assistance.

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► In the new menu choose More troubleshooting information.

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► In the page that appears, now click on Repair Firefox.

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► An alert window appears on the screen and indicates the consequences of the operation. Click on Repair Firefox.

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Microsoft’s browser uses the same engine and almost the same interface as Google Chrome. The manipulations to be carried out are therefore similar.

► Open Edge. Click on the three dots at the top right of the browser. From the menu that appears, choose Settings.

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► In the left column, click on Restore Settings. Finally click on Reset all settings to default.

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► An alert panel is displayed and informs you of the consequences of the operation. Validate with a click on Reset.

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Opera also adopts the same engine as Chrome but its menus differ slightly.

► Open Opera then click on the three superimposed lines at the top right of the browser. Scroll down the menu that appears to the bottom and choose Access full browser settings.

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► In the page that appears, click on Navigator in the left column.

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► Scroll the contents of the window to the bottom and click on Restore default settings.

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► An alert panel is displayed and informs you of the consequences of the operation. Validate with a click on Reset.

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As usual, Apple does nothing like the others. Also, its Safari browser does not have a reset menu. It is necessary here to operate in two distinct stages to put the navigator back on his feet.

► Open Safari then pull down the menu Safari and choose Preferences. In the window that appears, click the tab Extensions.

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► Uncheck all the boxes opposite the installed extensions. In order not to keep any active. Close the preferences window.

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► Now quit Safari. From the macOS Finder, pull down the menu Go and choose Go to folder.

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► In the window that appears, indicate the following path (to obtain the symbol ~ perform the keyboard shortcut Alt + NOT):

~/Bibliothèque/Preferences/
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Note, to get the symbol ~ perform the keyboard shortcut Alt + NOT.

► In the folder that appears, locate the file com.apple.safari.plist. Select it and put it in the trash.

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► Repeat the operation to empty the following folders of their content:

~/ Bibliothèque/Safari/

~/Bibliothèque/Saved Application State/com.apple.Safari.savedState/

► Then restart Safari.

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