Articles in Category: Web Browsers
About:blank is a special blank page in browsers that appears due to problems, malware, or malware removal. It can also be a useful home page.
Clearing your browser cache is the first thing to try when you encounter webpage problems. I’ll look at why and how to clear your cache.
Multiple instances of your browser showing in the task manager is not a problem — it’s how browsers work. It’s the total RAM usage you should pay attention to.
Since Edge is a component of Windows itself, uninstalling it isn’t an option. I’ll review alternatives to help resolve Edge problems.
Edge is essentially impossible to remove. I’ll review the choices you have.
It is possible to change the default search engine in Edge; it’s just not obvious and sometimes ineffective.
Occasionally, the back button won’t work and simply lands you back where you were. There are reasons, and there are workarounds.
Your browser may add a number to your download’s file name to avoid collisions if you download a file of the same name more than once.
Occasionally, sites appear in your browser history that you never visited. I’ll examine some possible causes.
It’s easy to start using the Chrome internet browser instead of Edge, and I’ll show you how. Unfortunately, Edge may still make occasional appearances.
It’s difficult to go wrong when selecting a browser these days.
Clearing all cookies can be painful. Fortunately, it’s also possible to clear cookies one site at a time.
Responding to notification permissions is annoying. In some browsers, we can turn that off completely.
Letting your browser remember passwords is a convenient feature. With that convenience comes risk — often significant risk. Most folks are much better served by using a password vault. I’ll explain why.
How Do I Change the Browser Home Page in Windows 10? Take Control with Quick Instructions for Edge, Firefox, and Chrome
Sometimes installers change your browser home page “for you”. Other times, homepage content changes. I’ll show you how to be more productive and set your homepage to what you want.
Support for Adobe Flash will end at the end of 2020. The good news is that most sites have stopped needing it. For those that do, there’s really no alternative.
We can’t change the search engine used by Windows Search when searching the web, but we can avoid Bing by not having Windows Search search the web at all.
Firefox and other browsers include diagnostic tools. I’ll show how to use the network tool to diagnose slow-loading web pages.
Copying a webpage is not terribly difficult, but getting everything to display as it appeared can be a challenge.
Microsoft Edge has a bad reputation as an under-powered web browser. That’s all about to change.
Google Chrome can save your and display your passwords. That’s convenient, but is it secure?
Modern browsers include a webpage debugging tool that you should know about, even if you aren’t a web developer.
Browser problems can be caused by any number of things that may or may not include the browser itself. I’ll review common troubleshooting techniques.
It’s fairly easy to clear Mozilla Firefox’s cache. Here’s how… and why you might want to.
Clearing the Edge cache is a simple process. While you’re clearing the browser cache you can also clear a few other items.
It’s fairly easy to clear Google Chrome’s cache. While you’re clearing the browser cache you can also clear a few other items.
Clearing the Internet Explorer cache is a simple process. While you’re clearing the browser cache you can also clear a few other items.
The menu bar and toolbars in web browsers are very easy to hide, often by accident. I’ll show you a couple of ways to get them back.
Incognito mode, or Private or InPrivate browsing, protects your privacy to a point. It’s critical to know where that point is.
Because Internet Explorer is really a component of Windows itself, uninstalling and reinstalling, while possible, is somewhat different than other applications and has different implications.
Another case of bad tech terminology leads to more than one kind of chrome, some of which have no relation to the others.
Firefox Quantum is the latest revision of the Firefox web browser. It claims to be faster and less memory-hungry. I tried it.
Pinboard allows you to save bookmarks once and use them across multiple machines, operating systems, browsers, and devices.
We’re often given the opportunity to download a file from the internet, be it pictures, music, ebooks, programs, and more. The assumption is that you know how. If you don’t, I’ll show you.
A slash through the padlock, the https, or the https appearing in red all mean one thing: something’s wrong. Exactly what’s wrong can vary.
You can Run a download or you can Save it, or you can even Save and Run it. I’ll review what Run and Save each really mean.
Downloading a file from the internet is easy – typically just a click or two. But knowing and controlling where downloads go takes a little more effort.
Web browsers like Google Chrome try to be helpful by recognizing commonly used forms and fields and remembering previously entered information for you. It’s no conspiracy, but it can seem spooky.
IExplore.exe, aka Internet Explorer or ‘IE’, can crash, but it’s not always its fault. We’ll look at some of the things that can cause IExplore.exe to crash, and steps you can take.
The little wheel on web pages can certainly get stuck spinning. Websites, these days, are so complex that sorting out the cause will take some digging.
As you’ll see, website-browser compatibility is a bit of a mess. The solution is just what you suggest: have more than one browser ready to go on your computer.
The Google Chrome browser has a sign in feature that remembers your settings and can sync across numerous computers. It may be getting things confused.
Internet Explorer has become a better browser over time and updating regularly is just a good idea. Especially when it comes to IE 11.
Internet Explorer is a Windows component masquerading as an application. As a result, reinstalling IE isn’t completely possible. I’ll review what we can do to get close to reinstalling Internet Explorer.
The error message actually leads us down the path that we need to repair your installation of Internet Explorer.
In my opinion, background updates are awesome. I love that Chrome is always up to date without my ever even having to think about it. Let’s look at why.
High memory usage by Internet Explorer can result from several different things. I’ll review the most common.
It’s important to keep Internet Explorer up-to-date, even if you are using another browser. Take IE version updates whenever you are comfortable with them.
Often, when a secure https site is fetching images from its unsecure http counterpart your browser will flash a security warning. It’s common, but is it something to worry about?
If your Home page keeps changing after you have set it then I start to suspect malware. Time for a thorough malware scan and cleaning.