How to reset all web browsers to their zero-day state.


Just like one would reinstall an operating system, resetting one’s web browser can actually fix a ton of problems.

Not only that, but resetting a web browser can also solve many other kinds of performance issues that occur regularly.

So if there is a need do not hesitate to reset the web browser for a performance-enhanced and problem-free web browser.

With the help of a single reset button, the user can also squash various types of annoying system bugs.

Along with that, the user can also clear out any kind of outdated and dodgy web extensions.

A hard reset can even make the web browser as good as a new one.

Here are the steps that anyone can take to carry out the reset process on any and all major web browsers.

Generally speaking, the process of resetting a web browser should not affect the user’s passwords and bookmarks.

Most of the online consumers consider the information in these two categories as the information that they rely on in order to get stuff done in the online world.

There are a few web browsers that allow users to clear all of their data which is typically associated with a particular linked online user account.

However, we will try our best to explain which web browsers follow what procedure when it comes to clearing out web browser data.

First up is, Google Chrome.

Google Chrome        


Users of the Chrome web browser from Google will first have to open up the official Google Chrome menu.

This is easily doable with the help of the three dot icon that appears in the upper right corner of the screen.

After that, the user will have to select the option that says Settings.

Then the user must click the Advanced option in order to open up another panel of options (the second menu of sorts).

After that, the user should click the option that says Restore settings to their original defaults.

The user will also have to interact with another option labeled Reset Settings.

Once the user does that, the official startup web page would go back to the one that comes as the default with a new Chrome install.

Moreover, Google would also become the default search engine of the Chrome web browser.

Using the two options above would also wipe away all pinned tabs from the browser’s memory.

Apart from that, by making use of the options above, the user would also allow the Chrome browser to wipe off all the browsing data such as cookies and others.

These options won’t wipe out the user’s browsing history though.

But these would definitely wipe all of the user’s web extensions in the sense that these options would disable all of them.

Needless to say, it won’t remove those web extensions.

In order to wipe out all the web browser extension in the proper manner, the user has to open up the Google Chrome three dots menu first, again, and then select the option that says More Tools.

After that, the user has to click the option that says Extension.

When that is done, the user has to click the option of Remove as a part of the next step in order to remove individual web extensions that he/she wants to get rid of permanently.

Once the remove button, which is present next to each given extension, is clicked, it would get wiped out from Google Chrome.

Perhaps this is also a good time to remember that users should double check to make sure that they have saved any and all data that they want to keep with themselves if it is necessary.

Users also have the option of clearing out various individual forms of online content directly from the official Google Chrome web browser as well.

All that they have to do is to go to their web browser’s official Settings pane and then simply pick out the option that deals with Advanced options and then perform a click on the option that says Clear browsing data.

Users can also wipe each and everything from their web browser history which may be present in the file cache without ever negatively affecting any other data or information that the web browser may have stored on the user.

Mozilla Firefox


Thankfully, Mozilla Firefox has started to make an impact in terms of wrestling some market share away from Google.

And we are excited out that.

Of course, Mozilla Firefox can have problems as well.

This section will deal with Firefox users who want to wipe off all their data from their Mozilla Firefox web browser.

To get started all the Mozilla Firefox web browser has to do is to open up the official browser menu which comes in the form of three horizontal lines and appears in the top right corner of the screen.

Then the Firefox user must select the option that says Help.

After that, the user should click the option that says Troubleshooting Information.

Once the user does that, a new tab should open up.

From that tab, the user should pick the option that says Refresh Firefox.

Needless to say, this should reset the Mozilla Firefox web browser successfully.

Now, let’s talk about what would happen if the user decides the click the option Refresh Firefox.

First of all, the Refresh Firefox button does not affect the user’s bookmarks and passwords.

It does not affect the user’s open tabs in the least bit.

However, the Refresh Firefox would definitely remove all of the user’s customizations and add-ons.

This is the way to effectively get back to the web browser’s square one in terms of history and freshness.

However, even though the web browser has been wiped clean the user’s data remains intact.

Once the user has made use of the Refresh Firefox button it is essentially like starting up and signing into a completely fresh install of the official Mozilla Firefox web browser on a completely new computer machine.

Users who only want to deal with an annoying and troublesome add-on and do not want to reset their browser entirely can usually find those add-ons under the Firefox Add-ons entry.

This entry is available to users via the official Firefox menu.

Once there, all that the user has to do is to click the option that says Extensions.

After that, the user should click the button that says Remove (which is present in front of each given entry) in order to get rid of a given extension.

While doing that the user may also notice another option that says something like Restart with Add-ons Disabled.

This is the option that usually appears right beside other options such as the button that says Refresh Firefox.

What does this option do?

This option essentially puts Mozilla Firefox in a, kind of, Safe Mode so that users can successfully troubleshoot all their problems which may have come about as a result of a bad Firefox extension.

Users also have the option of removing these individual add-ons in the web browser’s safe mode button.

The process of doing that is exactly the same as we have outlined above.

Apple Safari

The unfortunate part is that Safari does not offer users the facility to make use of a reset button.

With that said, it is also true that Apple Safari did offer this feature as a part of its older versions.

Now, the only options left for Safari users are to either reset the Mac OS completely (which would mean that they would have to reset their entire Mac machine (including Safari) right back to the machine’s factory state) or they can take their time, go through each and every portion of the Safari browser that may contain some data about them in order to wipe them off from existence turn by turn.

Let’s get started then.


First, the user has to open up the official Safari menu.

After that, the user should click the option that says Preferences and then the user should be able to see all the web browser options which Safari keeps hidden from everybody.

Now is the time to actually switch windows and then hit the tab that says Extensions, assuming the user first wants to take care of some extensions first.

Users have the option of removing any and all Safari add-ons which they might think are causing an undue amount of problems.

From the same screen, they can also get rid of add-ons which they won’t need anymore.

Now, moving away from extensions for a bit, users should know that resetting web browser in Safari typically also clears all of the user’s temporary data as well as local cookies.

This is the reason why after every browser reset, Safari users have no choice but to log in to everything they might have signed into such as Gmail, Facebook, and YouTube.

Users who want to deal with cookies as well should head on over to the Privacy tab which is available to everyone via the Preferences dialog.

From there, the user has to click the option that says Manage Website Data.

After that, the user must select the option that says Remove All on each and every subsequent screen.

Safari users who have a desire to get rid of all their entire cache of temporary files which Safari has stored on their computer machine should first go to the Preferences menu.

From there they should click the option that says Advanced.

And from this very tab, they should tick the option that says Show Develop menu in menu bar.

When that is done, the Safari user should open up the aforementioned “Show Develop menu in menu bar” menu (this menu should appear, just to be clear).

After that, the user should pick the option that says Empty Caches.

With that out of the way, the user is more or less right back to the situation where any good standalone web browser reset function would actually put him/her in.

Microsoft Edge

If we’re talking about the new Edge web browser from Microsoft, then users should know that it too comes with a separate repair and reset option.

However, the interesting part here is that both of these options are actually not available in the web browser itself.

One actually needs to open up the Settings panel which is available in Windows.

After that, the user needs to select the option that says Apps.

When that is done the user must go to the option that says Microsoft Edge and then move on to the option that says Advanced options.

Here, the user can either make use of the Repair option if they are unable to launch or initiate an instance of the Microsoft Edge web browser or he/she can simply press the Reset button in order to clear out every piece of data that Microsoft Edge has stored on the user on the device that the user has currently logged into.

In fact, in the case of Microsoft Edge, the user’s web browser history does actually get completely wiped.

Moreover, all the sites that the user has logged into would kick out the user.

Needless to say, the user will have to log in to all of those sites once again.

The reset option does not remove the user’s extensions.

However, the Reset option does ‘reset’ the extensions.

And these extensions appear as if the user has just added them.

As is the usual case, users have the option of addressing all the various elements that are bothersome individually if they really want to do that.

To move ahead, such users will have to first open up the Microsoft Edge web browser menu.

This menu appears in the form of three dots in the top right corner of the screen as is the case with almost every mainstream web browser.

After that, the user should select the option that says Extensions in order to see all the web browser extensions that the user had previously installed.

Each of the given Edge extensions is fully capable of being disabled with the assistance of the right toggle switch.

Another way to do the same is to actually click the icon that comes in the shape of a cog and then select the option that says Uninstall.

When it comes to web browser cookies and data, the user needs to select the option that says Settings.

The Settings menu is easily accessed from the official Edge menu.

After reaching the Settings menu, the user should click the option Privacy & Security.

When that is done, the user should select the option Choose What to Clear.

From here, the user needs to make a choice by making use of the tick boxes.

To take an example, the user could pick the cache and cookies data.

After selecting the desired boxes, the user should hit the option that says Clear.

Opera web browser

Users who have installed the Opera web browser as their primary browser on their machine should see the reset option being referred to as the recovery option.

However, despite the fact that it has a different name, it does the exact same thing.

And that thing is the job of putting the user’s web browser right back to where it started, that is, its default state.

The advantage here is that the Opera browser provides users with more control over the entire removal process than many of the other web browsers.

To get started the user should click the option that says Opera.

It is actually a button which appears in the top left corner of the screen (more specifically, the web browser’s interface).

After clicking that, the user should select the option that says Update & Recovery.

Now, the user should click the option that says Recover.

And then the user should be able to see several choices regarding what type of data the user really wants to get rid of.

There is the option of Pinned tabs as well as cookies and temporary data, all of which are things that Opera can get rid of for the user.

Another option allows the user to disable all the extensions.

However, the user is free to select whether or not Opera preserves his/her saved passwords, history and bookmarks.

Our research shows that if the user does decide to actually wipe off each and everything related to his/her profile rather than keeping his/her data on Opera, then the web browser would simply uninstall all the extensions rather than disable them.

In order to remove those extensions from the web browser in a manual method, the user needs to open up the main Opera menu and then select Extensions and then, again, Extensions.

In order to have more control over what Opera deletes and what it doesn’t, the user should open up the Opera menu and then select the option that says Settings.

After that, the user should click the Advanced option.

And then, he/she should click the option Clear Browsing data.

This will essentially remove all the selected types of data that is present in the web browser.

More specifically, once the user selects the Clear Browsing data option, Opera would get rid of every information on the user including,


Zohair A. Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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