5 Ways to Fix Browser Automatically Opening in Windows

By | February 21, 2022

Automatically opening your default Windows browser can be frustrating. It can interfere with activity on your PC, if it happens frequently. This problem is caused by a number of reasons, from malware attacks to simple configuration settings.

Let’s take a look at some of the possible causes and ways to deal with them.

Remove Virus Script In Safe Mode

Removing script viruses from your computer can be very challenging. That’s because most script viruses are able to escape anti-malware scans while your Windows is still in active mode.

And even if you delete folders and files contaminated with anti-malware in active Windows, these scripts can continue to run. This virus contains malicious code that rediscovers malware files every time you launch your browser.

But unfortunately, running an antivirus on an active Windows sometimes fails, especially if you are dealing with a scripted virus that triggers your browser at certain intervals of time.

One way to deal with script viruses is to boot your PC in safe mode and run a scan with Windows Defender or third-party anti-malware.

An easy way to boot your device in safe mode is to hold down the button Shift while clicking Restart at the same time. That takes you to a blue screen menu Select an option. On that menu, click options Troubleshoot.

Next, in the menu Troubleshoot, click Advanced options. On the next screen that appears, click on options Startup Settings, and click Restart.

After menu Startup Settings loaded after restart, press the number key 5 to boot your PC in safe mode with network. This option allows you to connect to the internet while scanning your PC in safe mode.

As soon as the PC is launched in safe mode, scan it with antivirus to quarantine any malicious files or folders on your PC. While still in safe mode, check the quarantined files and delete the remnants manually. While the manual deletion process of quarantined files can be a chore, it’s worth doing it to save your PC.

Disable Extensions And Remove Popups in Your Browser

Incorrect extensions or malicious popups can stick in your browser and cause it to launch automatically without your knowledge. These types of popups, redirects, and malicious extensions are usually the result of visiting unsafe web pages or downloading untrusted executable packages from the internet.

Popups and redirects for advertising purposes. But the dangerous ones can spoof your computer and interfere with the normal functioning of your browser.

Depending on what your default browser is, removing unwanted popups and redirects may solve your problem. Here’s how to block popups and disable extensions in Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

Google Chrome

If you use Google Chrome as your default browser, you can remove popups and redirects by clicking on the three vertical dots in the top right corner of your browser and selecting Settings.

On the menu Settings, click Privacy and security, then select an option Site settings. On the menu Site settings, scroll down and click Pop-ups and redirects. As a precaution, you can also turn off the button Allowed to block potential redirects and popups.

If the problem persists after disabling popups and redirects in your browser, another option is to disable bad extensions. To access extensions in Google Chrome, go to Settings > Extensions.

Once in the menu Extensions, you can then remove the extension to see if that solves the problem. If you don’t want to delete them all at once, you can disable them one by one to see which one causes the browser to launch automatically.

Firefox Browser

In Firefox, open Options by clicking the three menu bars in the upper right corner of the browser, then clicking Privacy & Security. Scroll down and check the box Block pop-up windows to disable popups.

To disable or remove an extension in Firefox, go to the menu Options , and click Extensions and Themes. In the next menu, select Extension.

Next, turn off the toggle in front of the extension to disable it. Click on the three dots next to the extension and select Remove to delete it.

Microsoft Edge Browser

You can also block redirects and popups in Microsoft Edge by clicking on options Site permissions in menu Settings. Then, click Pop-ups and redirects, and activate the option Block.

To disable extensions in Edge, click the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen, then select Extensions. From there, turn off unwanted extensions, or press Remove to remove the extension completely.

Disable Startup Programs

If your browser launches automatically at startup, you may have enabled it as a startup program. To disable startup programs, go to Task Manager you by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.

After being in Task Manager, click Startup to load startup programs. If your browser is in the list and marked as Enabled, select it, and click the . button Disable in the lower right corner of the menu.

Even if you have followed the steps to scan and remove script viruses in safe mode, you should check it in your Task Manager startup program. Make sure to disable it if it is listed.

Reset Your Browser

If the above solutions don’t fix your problem, losing some saved browser credentials might be unavoidable. Resetting your browser will return it to its default settings, removing all your extensions and cookies.

Let’s go over how to reset your browser for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

Google Chrome

To reset your Chrome browser, go to Settings, click on options Advanced, and select Reset and clean up. Next, select Restore settings to their original default to reset your browser.

Firefox Browser

If you are using the Firefox browser, click the three-line menu icon in the top right corner of the browser and select Help. Then, select Troubleshooting Information.

On the next menu, click options Refresh Firefox. Confirm the step by clicking Refresh Firefox again to restore your browser to default settings.

Microsoft Edge Browser

You can reset Microsoft Edge by clicking the three dots in the top right corner of your browser, then selecting Settings. After that, select Reset settings, and press Restore settings to their default values.

Restore/Restore your PC

If all other methods fail, your last resort may be to set your PC back to a specific restore point.

To restore your PC, type Restore in the Windows search bar and click Restore.

Or, alternatively, right click on This PC and select Properties. In the left corner of the properties menu, select options System Protection, and click System Restore.

Resetting your system to a restore point might solve the annoying problem that your browser opens automatically. Better yet, that’s all without the need to make major repairs to your computer.

Prevention is Always Better

Even though we have listed several solutions for auto-launching your browser, this is still a problem that could have been avoided. And while there isn’t just one easy solution to this problem, following some of the steps highlighted here can help.

As previously stated, malicious popups, redirects or bad extensions are some of the main causes of the problem. So, be careful what sites you visit and what you click on while surfing the internet.