Articles in Category: Web Browsers

Dealing with Browser Problems

Dealing with Browser Problems

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.

Cache

What’s a Browser Cache? How Do I Clear It? Why Would I Want To?

“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.

Firefox Clear History Dialog

How Do I Clear the Browser Cache in Mozilla Firefox?

It’s fairly easy to clear Mozilla Firefox’s cache. Here’s how… and why you might want to.

Edge: Clear selection

How Do I Clear The Browser Cache in Microsoft Edge?

Clearing the Edge cache is a simple process. While you’re clearing the browser cache you can also clear a few other items.

Clear browsing data in Google Chrome

How Do I Clear The Browser Cache in Google Chrome?

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.

Delete Browsing History in Internet Explorer

How Do I Clear The Browser Cache in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)?

Clearing the Internet Explorer cache is a simple process. While you’re clearing the browser cache you can also clear a few other items.

A portion of Internet Explorer showing Ask Leo! after pressing F11.

How Do I Get My Web Browser’s Menu and Toolbar Back?

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.

What Good is Incognito Mode?

What Good is Incognito Mode?

Incognito mode, or Private or InPrivate browsing, protects your privacy to a point. It’s critical to know where that point is.

about:blank as your home page

What Is “About:blank” and How Do I Get Rid of It?

About:blank is a special blank page within most browsers. It can appear due to problems, malware, or if malware has been removed. It can also be a useful home page.

Show Notifications Prompt

How Do I Stop Websites from Pestering Me About Notifications?

Responding to notification permissions is annoying. In some browsers, we can turn that off completely.

IE Uninstall button

How Do I Uninstall and Reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows 10?

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.

Chrome? Firefox?

How Do Chrome and Chrome Relate?

Another case of bad tech terminology leads to more than one kind of chrome, some of which have no relation to the others.

The New Firefox

What’s Your Take on Firefox Quantum?

Firefox Quantum is the latest revision of the Firefox web browser. It claims to be faster and less memory-hungry. I tried it.

How Do I Change My Browser Home Page Back to What I Want?

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.in

Pinboard – Never Lose Bookmarks Again

Pinboard allows you to save bookmarks once and use them across multiple machines, operating systems, browsers, and devices.

Microsoft Edge

Change the Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

It is possible to change the default search engine in Edge; it’s just not obvious.

Save target as...

How Do I Download a File from a Webpage?

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.

Certificate Error in Chrome

Why is there a slash through the https in my browser’s address bar?

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.

Save and Run

What’s the Difference Between “Save” and “Run” When Downloading?

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.

Right clicking on a link

Where Do Downloads Go?

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.

Saved Passwords in FireFox

Is it safe to let my browser remember passwords?

Letting your browser remember passwords is a convenient feature. However it’s important to understand that with that convenience comes risk – often significant risk.

Chrome Passwords and Forms

Why is Chrome automatically filling in forms?

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.

Internet Explorer E

Internet Explorer crashes, how do I fix it?

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.

Spinner

Why do some web pages never finish loading?

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.

History

Why are there websites in my browser history that I’ve never been to?

Occasionally sites will appear in your browser history that you never visited. I’ll examine some possible causes.

Internet Browsers

Do I need more than one browser? Why?

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.

Chrome

How Do I Make a Change to Chrome that Sticks?

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 11

Do I Need to Install IE 11?

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 11

How Do I Reinstall Internet Explorer?

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.

Internet Explorer

How do I fix Internet Explorer if it won’t open?

The error message actually leads us down the path that we need to repair your installation of Internet Explorer.

Chrome

Are Silent Background Updates a Good Thing?

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.

Internet Explorer

Why Is AVG Telling Me IE Has High Memory Usage?

High memory usage by Internet Explorer can result from several different things. I’ll review the most common.

Should I Update to the Latest Internet Explorer?

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.

HTTPS

Why Does My Browser Warn Me that “Only Secure Content Is Displayed?”

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?

Home Button

How Do I Stop My Homepage from Changing?

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.

Internet Browsers

Can I Use More than One Browser?

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.

Why is a website telling me I need IE8 when I already run IE8?

It might be the website’s fault. It might be the browser’s fault. Either way, start by trying a different browser.

Why do I get script error messages in Windows 8 and not prior versions of Windows?

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.

Why Is My Browser Being Redirected?

Unexpected browser redirection is often the result of malware – usually malware on your machine, but occasionally a problem with the site.

How do I get rid of Bing?

The Bing toolbar is apparently showing up unexpectedly for some people. I’ll look at important terminology and how to get rid of the Bing toolbar.

Do Browser Features Offering Privacy Really Work?

Google Chrome offers Incognito mode, and IE8 offers InPrivate browsing. We’ll look at how they work, and how private they really are.

How Do I Delete History Items from My Google Toolbar?

Deleting Google history takes a few steps, depending on what Google history you mean. Here are step-by-step instructions for deleting Google history.

My Internet Explorer Address Bar Disappeared – How Do I Get it Back?

There are a couple different ways to restore your Internet Explorer address bar if it has disappeared.

How do I keep the status bar from disappearing in Internet Explorer 6?

In older versions of Internet Explorer 6 the status bar would disappear from view even though you explicitly turned it on.