How to reset Internet Explorer?

by Alice Woods - -

Internet Explorer reset might be needed when browser becomes sluggish or when dealing with unwanted changes and activities. IE is one of the most popular web browsers; thus, it is often attacked by various cyber infections, such as adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs (PUP) or malware. Such parasites might alter browser’s settings or install possibly dangerous third-party add-ons, toolbars or extensions. As a result, the start page, default search engine, and new tab site might be replaced with a suspicious domain. One of the main signs that IE reset is necessary is failed attempts to reject these undesired changes. Cyber parasites might install browser helper objects that prevent from setting preferred Internet sites and using reliable search providers. Apart from that, they might also initiate redirects to the promotional websites and flood the browser with an excessive amount of online ads. There’s no doubt that all these despicable activities diminish browsing experience a lot. Only reverting to the default state helps to get rid of the cyber infections and their troublesome activities.

Internet Explorer might crash, freeze or become sluggish not only because of the infection. Various add-ons installed on the browser might also cause stability issues. Often these applications allow customising the browser; however, insecure, poorly written or suspicious add-ons might not be useful as expected. If disabling or uninstalling add-ons don’t help to improve browser’s performance, the IE reset is required. There are many ways how this procedure might be performed. We prepared illustrated instructions for five different methods to reset Internet Explorer. Please follow them carefully. Be aware that these guidelines are created using IE 11. Hence, if you need to reset earlier version of the Internet Explorer, the interface and arrangements presented in the pictures might slightly differ. However, the main steps remain the same.
IMPORTANT. After resetting IE, the browser will look the same as it was installed on your PC for the first time. Thus, all the customisations will be removed or disabled. For instance, your homepage and default search engine will be set to the default, browsing history and cookies deleted, themes or extensions will be disabled. Hence, you will need to personalise your browser again.

Option 1. Reset IE by using ‘Reset Settings’ option

1. Launch Internet Explorer and select Tools menu. Tools menu can be found at the top right corner of the window. However, if you still don’t see it, press Alt on the keyboard.

2. Choose the Internet Options.

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3. Choose the Advanced tab.

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4. In the Advanced tab, choose Reset… button. NOTE. Earlier Internet Explorer versions have Restore Default button; though, choose it.

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5. Now you see Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialogue box. Here check the Delete personal settings box.

NOTE: After this step, all your browsing history, saved login details, and password as well as well as other data will be deleted. Homepage, search providers, and Accelerators will be set to default.

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6. Wait until IE finishes resetting to the default state. In the appeared window click Close, and then OK.

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Option 2. Reset Internet Explorer by using ‘inetcpl.cpl’ command

1. Close IE.

2. Go to Start -> Run.

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3. Type inetcpl.cpl in Run window and select OK.

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4. The previous command triggers Internet Properties window. Here go to the Advanced tab. Click Reset… button located at the bottom of the tab.

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5. The Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialogue box appears. Select the Delete Personal Settings box. Click Reset.

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6. When Internet Explorer finishes the task, click Close.

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Option 3. Reset Internet Explorer with a help of “System File Checker’ option

1. Open Command Promot (Admin).

Windows 10:

Method 1. Press Win+X on the keyboard and select Command Prompt (Admin) (The picture on the right illustrates this step).

Method 2. Open the search bar and type cmd. In the search results find Command Prompt. Right-click on it and choose Run as Administration (The picture on the left presents this step).

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Windows 8/8.1: On the Apps screen choose Windows System and go to Command Prompt.

Windows 7, Vista, XP: Click Start (or Start button), go to All Programs and choose Accessories. Then select Command Prompt.

2. In the received User Account Control prompt window click Yes.

3. Type ‘SFC /SCANNOW’ in the command line and press Enter.

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4. Soon you will see the information about found and fixed files. Thus, Internet Explorer should be on the list.

Option 4. Reset IE by removing User Profiles

IMPORTANT. Using this method, you will be making changes to the Windows Registry. In order to avoid possible damage, you should backup registry first. Follow the instructions carefully.

1. Open the Registry editor by typing Run in the search box. Click on it.

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2. Copy-paste or type ‘regedit’ in the appeared window and click Enter. In the appeared User Account Control box, click Yes.

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3. In the appeared Registry Editor window look for this registry key:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer]

Delete it. When Confirm Key Delete dialogue box appears, click Yes to delete it along with subkeys entirely.

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4. Go to Application Data (or AppData) and Local Settings directories to delete all components that are related to the Internet Explorer.

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Option 5. IE reset steps by uninstalling and installing Internet Explorer

In some cases, previously described methods don’t work, and the only possible way to reset IE is reinstalling the browser. First of all, you need to uninstall the browser from the computer:

1. Go to Control Panel. Choose Uninstall a Program (or Add/Remove Programs) located under the Program section.

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2. On the left side, there’s a Turn Windows features on or off section. Click it.

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3. In the appeared Windows Features window find and deselect Internet Explorer.

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4. The warning message will pop up. Click Yes and OK to confirm that you want to continue. When Windows finishes applying the changes, you might need to restart your computer.

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5. Once you reboot your PC, the IE should be removed from the computer. Though, you need to install it again.

For Internet Explorer installation you have two options. The first option is opposite to uninstallation procedure:

1. Go to Control Panel. Choose Uninstall a Program (or Add/Remove Programs) located under the Program section.

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2. On the left side, there’s a Turn Windows features on or off section. Click it.

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3. In the appeared Windows Features window find and select Internet Explorer. When Windows finishes applying the changes, you might need to restart your computer.

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4. Once you reboot your PC, the IE should be reinstalled on the computer.

The second reinstallation suggests installing Internet Explorer from the official website. For that, you will need to use another browser installed on the computer.

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