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Solved the most annoying browser problems

Firefox turns endless loops before building a website? Internet Explorer refuses to print? Chrome unexpectedly quits the service and no longer reacts to inputs? Each of the three "big" browsers occasionally causes problems that usually leave the user at a loss. We have uncovered the most common sources of error and show you how you can work faster and more comfortably with Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer in the future.

Tip 1: Always keep your browser up to date

Perhaps the most mundane tip is also the most important: Always keep your browser up-to-date. No matter which surfing program you prefer: Make sure that the available updates from Microsoft, Mozilla or Google are imported immediately and automatically.

You can download the current version of Internet Explorer 11 from the Microsoft website. Then click on the question mark in the status line and then on Info. A catch with Download new versions automatically should be set.

If you use Firefox (download), you will download the current version. You can check the automatic updates in Firefox here: Click on Extras, then on Settings. Click the tab Extended. The option Install updates automatically must be activated.

You will automatically be provided with the current version of Chrome (download) after installation. The browser gets updates automatically when they are available and you close and reopen the browser.

Tip 2: Changed the standard search engine?

Big surprise: the browser suddenly wants to work with a different search engine than before. The cause of this problem is usually the installation of another web program or browser add-on that changes the search engine without being asked. Of course, you don't have to accept that.

In Chrome, click the Settings button next to the address line, then click Settings and correct the error in the Search area by clicking Manage search engines and then selecting your favorite Google or Bing again, for example. It's even faster in Firefox. You point the mouse in the small search window next to the address line until a small arrow appears next to the magnifying glass. Click on it and choose Change Search Settings. Then place your favorites in the standard search engine, for example Google.

In contrast, the desired function is hidden in Internet Explorer. Click Tools, then Manage Add-ons. In the left pane, click Search Providers. Then make sure that your favorite search engine is at the top of the list of search providers. Select this with a mouse click and then click on Set as default at the bottom. Then check the box next to Prevent programs from suggesting a change of the default search provider.

Tip 3: Plug-ins and add-ons block the browser

The browser was still working without any problems yesterday and is now suddenly bickering with the seemingly simplest tasks such as printing or playing the videos? You have probably installed an additional program that intervenes. You should then deactivate one or more of the recently installed add-ons or plug-ins and start the browser. If everything goes well, you have found the culprit, who you then throw out of the system.

In Firefox click on Tools and then on Add-ons. First check the entries under Extensions. For programs that you recently installed or that have been "hailed" by other downloads, click Disable. Then click on Plug-ins in the left navigation area. Check out all browser extensions. If the origin or the purpose of one of the browser extensions is unclear, click on the selection field to the right and select Never activate. Restart the browser.

In Internet Explorer, click on Tools and Manage Add-ons. If you select the entries in the Toolbars and Extensions tab with the left mouse button, you will see the version and file date in the lower area, which will help you to identify the culprit. Click Deactivate to quickly turn off any of the suspects. Then restart Internet Explorer.

In Chrome, click the little Settings button, then Settings, and then click Extensions in the left navigation pane. You will see a list of the installed additional programs. By unchecking Activated, you render the respective programs harmless. Then quit Chrome and restart the program.

Tip 4: First Aid: Safe Mode

If the browser crashes just after the program starts or the open windows freeze immediately, you have to use the so-called "Safe Mode" to identify and paralyze the troublemaker among the browser extensions. Firefox has hidden this useful function well: you click on the small button for settings on the far right and then on the question mark symbol at the bottom. In the list below, click Restart with add-ons disabled. Then click on Restart. Confirm the security query by clicking on Start in safe mode.

If the browser can no longer be started, you can use the respective start command in the command line. In Windows 8, right-click the Windows icon, then choose Run. It's even faster using the shortcut [Windows] and [R]. To start Firefox in Safe-Mode, enter the following command: firefox -safe-mode, for Internet Explorer iexplore.exe -ex toff and for Chrome chrome.exe --disable-extensions --disable-plugins - respectively with the separator and followed by pressing the [Enter] key.

Tip 5: Home page suddenly changed

Annoying, but that happens again and again: the start page you set in the browser was unexpectedly changed. Often this can be repaired immediately. In Internet Explorer, click Tools and Internet Options. In the General tab, simply enter the web address that you want to call up when you start the browser under Start page. Multiple pages in different tabs are also no problem. Simply separate your entries in the corresponding field with commas or give each website a separate line.

Make sure that the Start with start page option is selected and then click OK. In Firefox, simply open the page (s) that you want to set as the start page (s), then click on Tools and Settings and then on the General tab under Current start page on the Use current pages button. The changes take effect immediately. In Chrome, click the Settings icon, then the Settings sub-entry. Under Display, check the entry under the Show start page button. If the page you prefer is not noted here, enter it again after clicking Change and click OK.

Tip 6: Adware loads unwanted services

If the start page cannot be changed despite the corrections described, you have probably caught adware during a download. A prominent example of this is the advertising service Spigot, which for example permanently anchors Yahoo as its homepage and also likes to display one or the other advertising pop-up. You can't get rid of this nuisance in the browser itself - but you can in Windows. To do this, open the Control Panel and click on Uninstall Programs. Sort the list by publisher. Then look for SpigotM. Right-click on all of the provider's installed programs and select Uninstall. Restart the PC. Now you can adjust the start page again as you wish.

Tip 7: Flash playback crashes

If videos suddenly "freeze" and Firefox reports a Flash error, an outdated Flash player is usually responsible. Firefox makes it very easy for you to find the bug and to renew the outdated plug-in.

Open the page, which immediately lists out-of-date plug-ins. Click on Update now to update the relevant extensions.

Tip 8: remove annoying third-party software

If you suspect malicious browser extensions in Internet Explorer, you don't have to completely reset the browser to its original settings immediately. It is often sufficient to disable the third-party plug-ins without deleting Microsoft's extensions. Internet Explorer has a hidden switch for this. Click Tools and then Internet Options. Click the Advanced tab. In the Browsing area, uncheck Activate third-party browser extensions. Click OK and restart your PC.

Tip 9: IE application has disappeared

Internet Explorer is available twice in Windows 8: as a well-known desktop program and as a slim tile app, which not only provides more security, but also more convenience via the reading mode. However, whether the app is available at all depends on the standard browser. You can only access the app if Internet Explorer is the default browser. To check which browser is your default browser, click an embedded URL in an email or document.

The browser that opens the page is your default browser. But you can change that as you wish. Open the Charms bar with a mouse movement to the lower right or upper edge of the screen and click on Search. Enter standard programs in the input field and click on the entry of the same name under the hits. Click Set Default Programs. Find Internet Explorer in the left pane and click Set this program as my default in the right pane. The changes take effect immediately - and the IE app reappears under the tiles on the start screen.

Tip 10: No window, but the browser is running

You have started the browser, but the usual window does not appear. A second program start is also unsuccessful or produces an error message. In this case, only the Brachial method helps: you end the process via the task manager and then start the program again.

Use the key combination [Alt] + [Ctrl] + [Del] to get to the selection field for the task manager. Click on Task Manager. In the Processes tab, look for the entry for the stubborn browser. Right click on it and choose End Task. Now you can open the browser again.

Tip 11: Retrofitting the send function

You can easily forward web addresses via email in Firefox and Internet Explorer. The function is missing in Chrome, but can be retrofitted as a bookmark. To do this, use the key combination [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [B] to show the bookmark bar, right-click on an empty space in it and click on Add Page. Enter send page as the name and javascript: location.href = 'mailto :? as the URL. SUBJECT = '+ document.title +' & BODY = '+ escape (location.href); a. (Only before and after the plus sign spaces). After clicking on Save, the Bookmark Send Page appears.

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