Articles in Category: Web Browsers
Letting your browser remember passwords is a convenient feature. However, with that convenience comes risk — often significant risk. Most folks are much better served by using a password vault like LastPass. I’ll explain why.
What Is “about:blank” (or “about:blank#blocked”) and How Do I Get Rid of It? Why It’s Not Malware, and How You Can Use It
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.
Diagnosing a Slow-loading Webpage with Firefox – Introducing the Network Performance Display in Web Developer Tools
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.
It is possible to change the default search engine in Edge; it’s just not obvious.
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.
Occasionally, sites appear in your browser history that you never visited. I’ll examine some possible causes.
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.
“Clear your browser cache” is the first response tech people give when you encounter webpage problems. We’ll look at why that is and how to clear the cache.
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.
Responding to notification permissions is annoying. In some browsers, we can turn that off completely.
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.
Sometimes installers change your browser home page “for you”. Other times, home page content changes. I’ll show you how to set your home page to what you want.
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.
You can install as many browsers as you like. Personally, I usually install at least two, if not three. However, there can be only one default.
It might be the website’s fault. It might be the browser’s fault. Either way, start by trying a different browser.
The tiled browser seems to be a different version of Internet Explorer. From what I can tell, it has reduced features and is less functional when compared with the normal Internet Explorer.
My understanding is that the version of IE that you access from the Start menu is almost an Internet Explorer light… the full version is available elsewhere.
Unexpected browser redirection is often the result of malware – usually malware on your machine, but occasionally a problem with the site.
Google Chrome offers Incognito mode, and IE8 offers InPrivate browsing. We’ll look at how they work, and how private they really are.
Deleting Google history takes a few steps, depending on what Google history you mean. Here are step-by-step instructions for deleting Google history.
There are a couple different ways to restore your Internet Explorer address bar if it has disappeared.
In older versions of Internet Explorer 6 the status bar would disappear from view even though you explicitly turned it on.