Would you like to replace the Chrome startup page or the one that is shown to you when opening a new tab with personalized content? From one day to the next, did you find the Chrome home page changed, and there is no way to get it back to the default settings? Don’t panic! You can solve these problems in an extremely simple way. If you take a few minutes of your free time, I can explain how to change the chrome homepage?
You want to change the Chrome homepage to use a personalized address, or you want to change the behavior of the new tab page, all you have to do is go to the browser settings and intervene from there. If, on the other hand, your PC has been attacked by malware that has changed the home page of the famous Google home browser and you don’t know how to fix it, an antimalware scan and a “visit” to the Chrome settings should suffice. You find everything explained below.
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How to change the Chrome Windows home page
If you are using a PC with Windows installed and would like to understand how to change the Chrome homepage on the latter, the first step you need to take is to start the browser in question, by clicking on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) that you find in the bottom-left part of the taskbar and select the related link that you find in the Start menu that opens.
In the Chrome window that you now see on the desktop, click the button with the three vertical dots located at the top right, and select the Settings item from the menu that appears. In the settings tab that is shown to you, therefore, identify the wording Enter the personalized web address, which you find in the Appearance section, and type the URL of the site you want to set as the initial page in the relevant text field.
If you can not see the field to type the URL of the home page, it is because you must first activate the display of the button to open the home page, the one in the shape of a house that is placed on the toolbar of Chrome. To remedy this, after going to the browser settings as I indicated above, move the switch on the Show Home button item to ON, which you can always find in the Appearance section.
To make sure that a certain site is set as the home page even when the browser is started. After logging in to the Chrome settings. Locate the On startup section, select the option Open a page or a set of pages specifications. Click on Add a new page, type the URL of the site of your interest in the text field attached to the box. That appeared on the screen and clicked on the Add button.
You can also make several pages open simultaneously. You are repeating the above procedure for each site of your interest. If then, the sites you want to open when the browser is opened are those currently open in the browser window. You can speed up the steps in question by simply clicking on the Use current pages button.
I inform you that, unfortunately, it is not possible to set up one or more sites as desired. The only thing you can do is to intervene in the graphics and information shown. To do this, proceed as follows. Open a new tab in Chrome. You are clicking on the (+) button located in the upper part of the browser window. Press the Customize button, located in the lower right part of the new tab displayed.
You are using the box that will be shown to you at this point. You can do the following: decide whether to change the background of the new tab page. So, you are selecting one of your choices from the Background section or by uploading an image of your choice. Determine whether or not to make the shortcuts visible to access specific sites and whether to customize them or to automatically insert the most visited pages. Acting from the Shortcuts section; and choose whether to set a theme other than the default (which, however, will also change the colors of the browser window)—acting from the Color and theme section. Once the changes are complete, click on the Finish button to save everything.
In case of problems
Have you found the Chrome homepage changed without you having touched the browser settings and/or are unable to change it? I’m sorry, but you’ve probably been a victim of malware, more specifically a browser hijacker.
In case you don’t know. Browser hijackers are malicious software that changes the browser’s home page and default search engine in order to divert—the user to sites full of advertising and other malicious content. In addition, this malware can install extensions in the browser that display additional advertising banners and annoying pop-ups when browsing online.
To get rid of it, I suggest you try to turn to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. One of the best antimalware currently available on the market. It’s free, but eventually, it’s available in a paid version. That offers real-time system monitoring (a function which, however, is not essential for what you have to do).
To download it to your computer. Go to the official website of the program and click on the Free download and Download now buttons.
When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file and, in the window that you see appear on the desktop, click the Yes button. Next, press the Personal Computer, Install, and Start Now buttons. At this point, click on Maybe later, press the Use Malwarebytes Free button, and, finally, on the Open Malwarebytes Free button.
Now that you see the software window, also start a system scan by pressing the Scan button, and wait for the PC scan to start and complete.
If threats are detected, agree to eliminate them. Following the instructions on the screen (as I also explained in my specific guide on Malwarebytes Anti-Malware ). Afterward, repeat the steps to change the Chrome home page that I illustrated in the previous chapter from scratch, and everything should finally go in the right direction.
How to change Chrome macOS home page
If you are using macOS and you are interested in changing the Chrome homepage. The first step you need to take to succeed is to start the browser. Accessing the Launchpad (the space rocket icon you find on the Dock bar ) and selecting then the navigator icon from the next screen.
Once the Chrome window is displayed on the desktop, the steps you need to take to succeed in your intent are practically the same as those. I have already indicated in the step at the beginning of the guide for what concerns the Windows version of the browser. Absolutely nothing changes.
In case of problems
Have you tried to change the Chrome home page? Have you not succeeded, or have you found it changed without you having put your hand to the browser settings? Probably the fault lies with the “wrongdoings” of some malware.
To cope with this, the best suggestion I can offer you is. As already seen in the previous lines regarding Windows. To rely on the Mac version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. To download it to your Mac. Go to the official website of the program and click on the Free download button.
When the download is complete, open the obtained .pkg package and click on the Continue button (three consecutive times). Then press the Accept and Install buttons. Finally, type the password of your user account on macOS. Press the Install software and Close buttons.
Once the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware window is displayed on the desktop, press the Start now button. Then select one that you find next to the word Personal computer. Use Malwarebytes Free and, finally, Open Malwarebytes Free.
Now, scan the entire system, pressing the Scan button. You also consent to their removal, following the instructions on the screen. Afterward, put into practice the instructions on how to modify the Chrome homepage. That I have already provided you and everything should finally go in the right direction.
How to change the Chrome Android home page
Are you using Chrome on Android, and would you like to understand how to change the browser home page on the latter? Nothing could be simpler! To do this, take your smartphone or tablet. Unlock it, access the home screen and/or drawer, and select the Chrome icon from the list of installed applications.
In the browser screen, you are now viewing. Tap the button with the three vertical dots visible at the top right and select the Settings item from the menu that appears. Then, touch the wording Home page that you find in the Basic Settings section. Tap on the wording Open this page. Delete the URL already present in the appropriate field—type one of the sites you want to use as the home page and tap the button Save.
Suppose you can not see the field to type the URL of the home page. It is because you must first activate the display of the button to open the home page. To remedy this, after going to the browser settings as I have just indicated and after selecting the Home page item. Move the switch on the next screen to ON.
Would you like to customize the page visible when you open a new tab in Chrome? To do this, after starting the browser, tap the (+) button located at the top left. If, on the other hand, you are already on an open tab. First press on the numbered square located at the top right.
At this point, you can customize the page shown when a new tab is opened—deleting one or more of the most frequently visited sites. Pressing and continuing to hold for a few seconds on the relative icon and selecting the Remove item from the menu that opens.
You can also decide whether or not to hide the display of suggestions for reading the articles. By touching the word Hide or the Show that you find in the Articles section for you at the bottom.
How to change Chrome iOS / iPadOS homepage
Changing the Chrome homepage is unfortunately not feasible on iOS / iPad. As the mobile version of the browser for iPhone and iPad does not offer this option.
To perform the operation in question. Take your iPhone or iPad, unlock it. Access the home screen and select the Chrome icon. Subsequently, if no tab is open yet, press the button (+) located at the bottom. If, on the other hand, you are already on an open tab. First, tap on the numbered square at the bottom right.
At this point, you can customize the features of the page shown when a new tab is opened—eliminating one or more of the most visited sites—tapping on the relative icon—continuing to hold on it for a few moments and then selecting the Remove from item menu that appears.
You can also choose to enable or disable the display of suggestions for the reading of the articles. By tapping on the button (…) located at the bottom right of selecting the menu item Screen Settings from the menu that appears and bringing on ON or OFF the stick next to the word Articles suggestions.