This month I thought I would cover a minor but annoying problem that I often have to resolve when called in to deal with more serious issues – your homepage being changed to something else!
Your homepage is the first page that appears when you go on to the internet. It is very easy for this to be changed, it can be done by a virus infection, a toolbar installation, and it can also be changed during a many software installation (always check tick boxes during installations). That briefly covers how it can happen but how can you change it back? The easiest way to do this is to go to the website you would like as your homepage and then do the following in Internet Explorer: Go to the top left of your screen and click ‘Tools’ (Internet Explorer version 7 & 8) or the Cog icon (versions 9 & 10). From this menu select ‘Internet Options’, a separate menu will appear, near the top of this click the ‘Current Page’ button. Now click ‘Apply’ at the bottom right of the menu, then click ‘OK’. Close Internet Explorer and when you reopen it you will have your new homepage.
Internet Explorer comes built in with Microsoft Windows, it has had many issues in the past but has got a lot better in versions 9 & 10. Internet Explorer 10 is available for Windows 7 & 8 only. It is the best version yet and has the highest built in security currently available, which has been a long time coming as previous version were easy to exploit. The most popular browser in the world is currently Google Chrome, which is my preferred choice, it is fast, secure and easy to use. If you need any help changing your homepage or other browser settings please get in touch and I will guide you through it over the phone or via email.
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