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How to Reset Google Chrome to its Default State

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How to Reset Google Chrome to its Default State

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This tutorial was last updated on January 25, 2014.

As Google's Chrome browser continues to evolve, so does the level of control offered when it comes to modifying its behavior. With dozens of customizable settings available ranging from tweaking its home page functionality to utilizing Web and prediction services, Chrome can provide a browsing experience tailored to your liking. With all of this virtual dominion, however, comes some inherent pitfalls.

Whether the changes you've made to Chrome are causing problems or, worse yet, were made without your consent (i.e., Chrome's settings were hijacked by malware), there is a break-glass solution in place which returns the browser to its factory state. To restore Chrome's settings to their original defaults, follow the steps set forth in this tutorial.

First, open your Google Chrome browser.

Linux users should skip directly to Step 6 at this point.

Mac users should skip directly to Step 10 at this point.

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