How can I reset my browser?

Episode 1419

Joe from Knoxville, TN

Joe uses Internet Explorer 11 for his surfing because of work, and he's having issues when trying to download an image. He gets tabs that popup when he hovers over the pictures. What is that? Leo says that's likely because of an extension and Leo recommends resetting his browser, which will remove all extensions.

The chatroom says that Internet Explorer has a display accelerator button on the selection menu that could be causing it. Leo advises going into Internet Options, then the Advanced tab. Then he should look at the browsing extensions and uncheck the ones he doesn't want.

How can I securely erase my browsing history?

Episode 951

Bob from Manhattan Beach, CA

Bob runs a program called "Evidence Eliminator" which wipes and overwrites his hard drive. It erases everything, though. Is there a better option?

Leo says why not just use private browsing mode in his browser? (Firefox and I.E. - Private Browsing, Chrome - InCognito). Each session is private with nothing saved. Remember that while he can wipe out his local footprint, his ISP knows everywhere he goes. Those programs, such as Evidence Eliminator, are red flags too.

There are a number of alternatives to Evidence Eliminator, since it went out of business: