Did your browser just break?

Diagnose and Solve Browser Issues

Understand what needs to be done to diagnose your particular browser issue and how to fix it.

Episode #10-28 released on February 23, 2020

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When I was younger, the browser was just another program, there wasn't all that much done online anyway. Nowadays, our browsers are our gateways to the entire world online. You can do anything in a browser window, but the second a browser fails to function properly, everything becomes painfully complicated or impossible to do, or is it?

The most popular browsers have features that make our lives easier and allow for nearly infinite customizability, but this can be a blessing and a curse. Let's start off with a valuable feature, the ability to backup and synchronize your settings, bookmarks and plugins. This will allow you install, reinstall or uninstall your browser without any complicate backup techniques.

There is a possible issue with some plugins being plagued with issues which is where the next suggestion comes from. For better or worse, some plugins may seem useful, but they can cause unintended issues, whether by the way they are coded, implemented, or a combination of those. Some can contain spyware, malware, etc. Disabling and removing plugins you don't need, use or cause your browser to have issues is a valuable skill. Most issues are typically caused by plugins and disabling them all and reactivating them one at a time can help diagnose the troublesome plugin, although, usually it is the last one you downloaded.

The next possibility is clearing the cache. When there are too many temporary files in cache, some old pieces of code cached in your browser can cause issues. It is possible that even with virtually nothing in cache that you can experience issues if a website updates their code too often.

The final technique before going totally nuclear on your browser is to reset it, usually in the settings menu. Resetting the browser back to its default settings will clear it of everything and allow it to function correctly provided it hasn't been damaged by malware.

The last thing you can do is to uninstall the browser, I'd suggest restarting the computer then redownloading the browser and reinstalling a clean version. Just to be sure, you should probably run a malware and virus scan to be sure computer is clean.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Dot Net

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