Reset Internet Explorer Settings to default in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

The Internet Explorer has many security enhancements, that make it less susceptible to malware. However one can never be too sure ! Moreover, badly written add-ons can also affect the browsing experience in IE. Often we find that our once fast browser has become slow to start and use. Over a period of time, we may install and uninstall add-ons, plugins and toolbars. Should you find that your Internet Explorer freezes or is not working the way you want to, you can easily reset Internet Explorer settings to default. This is called the RIES feature of IE.

Reset Internet Explorer Settings

To reset Internet Explorer Settings to default, open IE > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Click Reset > Close >OK. Once this is done restart Internet Explorer. But before you use the reset button, there are a few things you should know.

Reset Internet Explorer

When you click on the Reset Internet Explorer button, the following will happen:

  1. Toolbars and add-ons get disabled
  2. Web browser settings revert to default
  3. Privacy & Security settings are changed back to their default values
  4. Tab browser, pop-up settings and advanced options are reverted back to default values.

If you select the Delete personal settings, then additional settings like home page, search providers, accelerators, etc are all set to default. Moreover Cache, Cookies, Passwords, We form data, History, ActiveX filtering, Tracking Protection data, etc files are also deleted.

RIES does not reset some settings in Internet Explorer.

The following four settings are not reset, because applications other than IE may be using them.

  • Enable FTP folder view (outside of IE)
  • Use passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility)
  • Always use ClearType for HTML
  • Check for Publisher’s certificate revocation

To reset these settings, in Windows 7 | 8, you will have to follow these steps:

Click Start, type inetcpl.cpl in the Start Search box, and hit enter. In the Internet Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab, and then click Restore advanced settings.

The RIES DOES NOT affect the following settings:

By default, the Automatically detect intranet network setting is enabled. To change this setting, follow these steps:

  • On the Security tab in the Internet Properties dialog box, click Local intranet, and then click Sites.
  • Click to select the check box that is next to Automatically detect intranet network.

By default, the Require server verification (https: ) for all sites in this zone check box for the local intranet is not selected.  To restore this setting, follow these steps:

  • On the Security tab in the Internet Properties dialog box, select the Local intranet zone, and then click Sites.
  • In the Local intranet dialog box, click Advanced.
  • Click to clear the Require server verification (https: ) for all sites in this zone check box.

By default, the Require Server Verification (https: ) for all sites in this zone check box for trusted sites is selected.
To restore this setting, follow these steps:

  • On the Security tab in the Internet Properties dialog box, select the Trusted sites zone, and then click Sites.
  • In the Trusted sites dialog box, click to select the Require server verification (https: ) for all sites in this zone check box if it is not already enabled.

By default, the Lock the Toolbars setting is enabled. In Internet Explorer \, on the View menu, click Toolbars, and then click Lock the Toolbars to enable this setting if it is not already enabled.

You can also reset Internet Explorer settings easily using Microsoft Fix It. Windows 10 users – see how to reset Microsoft Edge browser to default settings.

How to reset Chrome and how to reset Firefox may also interest you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, an end-user Windows enthusiast, & a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.