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If you see “about: blank” in your browser’s address bar, you’re looking at an empty page built within your browser. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and other browsers include it.
There is nothing incorrect about: blank. Many individuals choose: blank as their home page to ensure that their web browser always starts with an empty white screen. If your web browser usually starts with about: blank and you don’t like it, we’ll teach you how to change that.
What Does about:blank Mean?
This is a blank page generated by your web browser. The “about:” portion of the URL instructs the browser to display internal, built-in web pages. In Chrome, for example, you may put about: settings into the URL bar to see the Settings page, or about: downloads to view Chrome’s record of file downloads.
When you put about: blank into the URL box and hit Enter, your web browser will display an empty page with no content. This page is not from the internet; it is part of your web browser.
Why Is about: blank Useful?
Many individuals set their homepage to about: blank. When you open your browser, you will see an empty page.
To accomplish this, simply go to your browser’s settings and instruct it to open with “about: blank” rather than another web page.
If a web browser launches and doesn’t know what else to display, it may open the blank about: blank page. After all, a browser must always display something, and loading about it: blank is a method of presenting a blank page.
The Most Popular Consumer Reasons for Using blank Pages
You may be wondering why anyone would want to use a blank page.
People prefer the concept of starting their browser with a blank page for a variety of reasons, including preventing the browser from opening several tabs or windows from the previous session.
- Ensured privacy at launch
- By opening a non-internet browser tab to begin their session, they can control their bandwidth.
- Making the homepage inactive
- Process control on an older PC
- Avoid distractions.
The concept may appear weird, but as seen above, it serves a useful function. The most typical purpose for a customer to use about: blank is to direct the web browser to open a blank page when it is launched—or even for each new tab or window. About: blank keeps the setup fast and clean, with no distractions, which is important because today’s programs are meant to entice you or keep you addicted to them so that they may profit financially. To name a few, you may be aware of this with Facebook, Twitter, the start pages of Edge and Firefox, and even the Yahoo home page.
Is About: Blank Virus or Malware?
The about: blank page contains no viruses or other potentially harmful content. If you are concerned that your computer may be infected with malware, we recommend running a scan with your preferred antimalware tool.
We prefer Malwarebytes and recommend running a scan with it on your PC. Manual scans and virus removal are available in the free version. The premium Premium version just includes background scanning. Malwarebytes is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers.
Common Causes of about: blank Pages
An about: blank page can appear in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons.
The following are the most typical reasons of about blank pages:
- When you click a download link that opens in a new window or tab, the browser is required to show a blank page to begin the download.
- You mistype a web URL, resulting in the erroneous website, which may include viruses or malware, or you see an about: blank page if the browser is unable to determine what to show.
- Based on the information processed, the browser has no notion of what to do. Inconsistencies in HTML, Java and other scripts might cause the browser to display a blank page because it is unable to process anything.
How to Fix an about: blank Home Page
If, as previously indicated, you changed your home page to a blank one, go to settings and update your homepage to anything you like. Most browsers provide already used or pre-included features to make your life simpler. Enter a new URL into the box or area if you removed and reinstalled your browser.
If the blank page problem persists, consider deactivating any extensions you may be using, closing, and re-opening the browser. Add-ons (including pop-up blockers) might create issues, therefore removing them may resolve the issue. Finally, you may reset your settings to the factory defaults. This is an extreme choice, but if nothing else works, try it.
How Can You Get Rid of About: blank?
There is no way to get rid of or delete about: blank. It’s built into your web browser and will always be there beneath the hood. You don’t have to view it again if you don’t want to.
If you always see about: blank when you open your web browser and would rather view your browser’s New Tab page or another web page, just change your web browser’s home page.
Navigate to the menu > Settings in Google Chrome. Scroll down to the “On startup” area and choose “Open the New Tab page” or remove about: blank from the websites that open on startup and replace it with your preferred web page.
In Mozilla Firefox, go to the menu, then Options, then Home. Choose your preferred home page for new windows and tabs. Make certain that “about:blank” or “Blank Page” are not selected here.
Click Safari > Preferences > General in Apple Safari on a Mac. Remove “about: blank” from the Homepage and replace it with your own home page.
Click menu > Settings > On startup in Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser. Remove about: blank from the list of pages Edge opens when you run it by selecting “Open a new tab.”
You may modify this in Internet Explorer by going to the Internet Options box. (Of course, you shouldn’t be using Internet Explorer anymore; even Microsoft advises against it, but it may still be essential for some old business programs and other legacy software.)
Click the gear-shaped menu button and select “Internet Options.” Remove “about: blank” from the home page box at the top of the General pane. Enter the address of your desired home page.
How to Stop Those About Blank Popups
Stopping about: blank pages is dependent on why they are shown in the first place. If you’ve changed your browser settings to open blank pages, you must return to the browser settings and undo any modifications.
If you frequently receive blank pages, you should first cease using malware or viruses since they might ruin the browser, and then uninstall and reinstall Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or whichever browser you use. Removing malware from your PC may also result in missing files and browser settings that were not repaired/replaced after the infection was removed.
Aside from the two cases mentioned above, you should usually leave the about: blank feature alone. Blank pages are currently used by many antivirus and anti-malware solutions to prevent hazardous URLs from running code or fooling you into taking action.
In most cases, viewing an about: blank page on your browser isn’t a sign of an infected device; it suggests you haven’t selected a homepage or your browser is having trouble displaying information. However, if it occurs when you try to access particular websites or when you boot up your computer, it indicates the presence of a potential problem.