Why Does My Web Browser Scramble My Home Page?


In the best of all worlds, computer programs would work flawlessly each and every time. In the real world, problems happen. A power outage occurs, and files become corrupted. As a result, the home or start-up page in your browser may become scrambled, meaning that links appear incorrectly or not at all. Fortunately, these problems are often easy to resolve.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open your browser. If you are using Mozilla Firefox, click "Tools" from the main menu, and then select "Options" from the drop-down menu. If you are using Internet Explorer, go to step 5.

Clear the Cache

  • In the dialog box that opens, you will see several choices along the top. From these, select the "Advanced" icon. Click the "Network" tab. Click the button marked "Clear Now." This will clear your cache.

Click Privacy

  • Close and then restart your browser. If the problem persists, click "Tools" and select "Options" once again. This time, select the "Privacy" icon from the choices at the top of the dialog box.

Clear the History

  • Click both the link labeled "Clear your recent history" and the link labeled "Remove individual cookies." Your home page should now appear normal.

Internet Explorer

  • In Internet Explorer, click "Tools" and then select "Internet Options." A dialog box will open. Under the heading "Browsing history," about a third of the way down, check the box labeled "Delete browsing history on exit." Then click the button marked "Delete."

Change Homepages

  • Close and reopen Internet Explorer. If the problem with your home page persists, repeat step 6. This time, enter a different URL in the field under the heading "Home page." Don't worry; this is a temporary measure.

Restart the Browser

  • Once again, close and reopen Internet Explorer. The page should now appear unscrambled. Repeat step 8, this time restoring the URL of your home page. The next time you start Internet Explorer, your home page should appear normal.

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