About:blank is a special page within most browsers. It can appear due to problems, malware, or if there's been malware that's been removed.
I’m too dumb to understand the “Dummies” books. I think I am running Windows 7. I get the “about:blank” whenever I log on IE. I didn’t even know it was a ‘whatever’ until recently. What is a simple, fool-proof way to get rid of it?
I almost discarded this question because it starts with one of the things that frustrates the heck out of me.
Please: never, ever refer to yourself as too dumb.
You’re admitting defeat before you even start and that really makes it difficult for me or people like me to get enthused about even thinking about your question.
I don’t care who you are – you’re not too dumb.
With that mini-rant out of the way, let’s talk about about:blank – it confuses many people (who, by the way, aren’t dumb
About:blank isn’t really “about” anything.
The word “about:” is just a keyword that many browsers use as a way to enable some additional functionality or display standard pages. You can read more about about: in this Wikipedia article.
About:blank does nothing more than display a blank page.
That’s all. Just a blank page.
Most browsers have to display something in the browser window and IE is no different. In various situations, when IE can’t figure out anything else to display, it might well display about:blank.
Sometimes, it’s malware
No, about:blank isn’t malware, but sometimes, it’s a sign of malware.
Occasionally, malware will explicitly mess with IE and cause it to display about:blank.
More frequently, malware will effectively break something and IE will be unable to display a page, and thus revert to displaying about:blank.
The solution in most of these cases, of course, is to run up-to-date scans for malware.
Sometimes, the malware (or other errors) may leave you with a persistent about:blank like you might be seeing.
About:blank as your browser home page
Your browser home page is the page that you see first when you initially fire up your browser.
Frequently, the default home page for IE is http://www.msn.com or some other Microsoft-related property.
Sometimes, malware or other misfortune can leave your browser configured with about:blank as the home page that displays whenever you start IE.
Let’s fix that.
Click the gear icon (or the Tools menu) and then Internet options.
On the very first tab (the General tab), the setting for home page is at the very top. As you can see above, it’s set to be about:blank.
It can be whatever web page you want it to be.
Let’s say you want it to be “http://ask-leo.com”. Simply type that in, overwriting the about:blank:
After entering whatever it is you want, click OK.
Now, click the Home button in IE.
Now, your browser will open whatever page it is that you’ve specified when you click the Home button and when you first open the browser.