How to Fix Browser Opening Problems
Obviously, we cannot ignore the fact that the origin of the problem is a virus or malware that has slipped into our computer through a download that we have made. Browsers are the main entry point for malware on the computer and, although some include a system for detecting dangerous websites and do not invite us to access them, none include an antivirus system that allows us to scan all downloaded content. For this there is already Windows Defender, the native antivirus of Windows or, if necessary, the antivirus that we have installed on our computer.
Chrome not opening
Although Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world, that doesn’t mean it’s the best of them all and isn’t free from performance issues.
If we regularly use extensions in Chrome and all of a sudden, after installing a new one, Chrome stopped opening, the problem is probably with this extension. Fortunately, Chrome, like the rest of the browsers that support extensions, allows us to disable extensions when running it to fix the issue that may exist with the extensions. To open Chrome in safe mode disabling all the extensions we have installed, we must create a new shortcut or modify the application icon and add the command –disable-extensions as we show you below
C:/Program Files/Google/Chrome/Application/chrome.exe --disable-extensions
Once we have solved the problem, we can eliminate the direct access that we created and/or modify the direct access to Chrome by eliminating the parameters that we had entered to disable extensions.
empty the cache
To clear the cache, the entire cache of Google Chrome, we will start the application in safe mode using the same method that we showed you in the previous section. Clearing the cache will remove any downloaded items that might be interfere with the operation of Chrome. To clear the cache in Chrome we access the More browser tools menu through the three vertical dots and select Clear browsing data or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Del. In the window that appears, click on the Advanced settings tab and check all the boxes, in the Time section select Ever since and finally click on Clear data.
If after clearing the cache and disabling all Chrome extensions we still cannot find the problem, the last resort we have left, before uninstalling Chrome from our computer and reinstalling it, is to restart the application in safe mode and restore browser settings. Restoring Chrome will remove all extensions and changes we have made to the browser. Browsing history and bookmarks will not be deleted, nor will passwords, as these are stored on Google’s servers, not in the browser.
To restore Chrome we access the configuration options by clicking on the three vertical dots located in the upper right corner of the application. In Chrome’s configuration options, click Restore configuration and clean. In the right section, click Restore original default settings then click Restore Settings.
Edge won’t start
Even though Edge is part of the system in Windows 10 and Windows 11, Microsoft has separated the browser and the browser function. This way, if the browser does not start, the operation of Windows Explorer will not be affected. If we cannot start Edge, we must perform almost the same steps as in Chrome.
As usual, the first thing to check is the operation of extensions, one of the main problems that affects the operation of browsers. Edge is based on Chromium, so we can install the same extensions as in Chrome. In this way, the same problem that can affect the operation of Chrome, we will also find it in Edge. To check if the problem is with the extensions, we open Edge with in safe mode by disabling the extensions. To do this, we just have to create a shortcut to Edge or modify the one we use regularly and add the following parameter
Once we have disabled the extensions, we must close the browser and check if the browser starts correctly. If this is the case, we must find the extension causing the problem that prevents Edge from opening normally to remove it from our computer and find an alternative. The only way to do this is to enable extensions one by one and close the browser. When we activate one and after closing the browser it stops working, we will finally find the culprit.
If none of the previous options solve the problem, we must restart Edge in safe mode, access the Edge configuration options and select the option reset options In the right column, click Restore settings to their defaults. This process will remove all settings that have been changed since Edge was installed on your computer, removing cache, cookies, and anything else downloaded by your device. Passwords and bookmarks will still be available in the browser.
firefox not opening
Firefox also doesn’t dwell on startup issues on Windows like any other web browser. If Firefox does not start, we show you the options available to fix this problem.
Check installed extensions
Browser extensions modify the functioning of the browser by adding functions that are not available natively, so they are usually the main source of the problem in most of them when it does not start correctly. Although the management of Firefox extensions is much more restrictive than the one made by Chrome from its store, it is possible that some are not well optimized for the most modern versions of Firefox. To check if the problem is an extension, we need to start the browser in safe mode.
To boot into safe mode, press and hold down the Shift key (caps lock doesn’t work) and tap the Firefox icon. Then we disable all extensions and try to close the browser again and see if we can open it without problems. If so, we have already found the Firefox problem. We just need to review, extension by extension, which one is causing the problem.
empty the cache
To clear the cache, we start in safe mode by pressing the Shift key while holding down the application icon. Then we access the configuration options. In this menu, click on Privacy and security. In the section on the right, in the Cookie section of the site, click on Clear data, check all the boxes and finally click on the Clear button. Firefox does not allow us to select a time interval, a feature available in both Chrome and Edge.
The last option we are left with, without any of the previous options having solved the problem, is to restore Firefox from scratch, a process that we must do to remove the browser from our device and reinstall it. To reset Firefox we access the configuration options through about:support and click Reset Firefox. All browsing data, history, cache and installed extensions will be deleted from your computer, but not passwords and bookmarks.