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Repair multiple Internet Explorer issues with one application

The free Anvi Browser Repair Tool can repair a multitude of Internet Explorer problems. Find out why this is one of Jack Wallen's go-to tools.

Internet Explorer is prone to plenty of issues. Sometimes the problems are fairly simple to track down; other times, it's a matter of having to reset the browser to the default settings; there may even be times when the solution eludes you.

When you're stumped, instead of pulling out your hair or re-installing Windows, try Anvisoft's Anvi Browser Repair Tool. This time-saving tool is so effective that I now use it immediately when I detect an issue with Internet Explorer. (As of this writing, the tool only solves Internet Explorer issues; Firefox and Chrome versions are in the works.)

Anvi Browser Repair Tool can help fix the following issues:

  • Restore title bar
  • Restore Internet Explorer homepage
  • Block Windows startup pop-up
  • Restore Explorer Security Item
  • Repair Network Associated Items
  • Enable Internet Options
  • Repair Windows Safe Startup Items
  • Unlock Registry Editor
  • Restore IE Default Security Item
  • Repair default path
  • Restore default agreement
  • Remove Content Advisor
  • Repair file associations
  • Repair Windows IFEO hijack
  • Empty Outlook Express title bar
  • Restore IE desktop icon
  • Set IE as default browser
  • Restore IE favorites
  • Restore right-click menu
  • Remove browser cookies
  • Clear browsing history
  • Clear BHO (Browser Helper Object) plug-ins
  • Restore WinSockLSP
  • Reset DNS settings

Anvi Browser Repair Tool can also be used as a portable solution, so keep it with you on your flash drive and solve Internet Explorer issues quickly on the go.

Getting the tool

Anvi Browser Repair Tool is free. You will notice tiny advertisements in a small ticker at the top of the tool.

To get Anvi Browser Repair Tool, go to the Download page and download the executable file. Copy that file onto your flash drive, and you're ready to go.

Using the tool

Anvi Browser Repair Tool is compatible with all versions of Windows from Windows XP on. Once the executable is on your flash drive, insert that drive into the machine that is giving you problems and fire up the BrowserRepairTool.exe file. When the tool opens (Figure A), you will see every issue that can be fixed. Figure A

Not all options are selected by default. (Click the image to enlarge.)

To use this tool, select or de-select any of the options necessary and click the Fix button. You can also change the text for the title bar, as well as manually enter the default homepage. If you want to return Anvi Browser Repair Tool to its default settings, click the Default Setting button, and every setting will return to how it was when you first fired up the tool.

The sections for Firefox and Chrome are already in the tool. If you click on Firefox Repair or Chrome Repair, a popup will appear informing you that these features will arrive in version 2.0.

Another nice feature of the tool is the ability to quickly reset the DNS settings for Internet Explorer. At the top, you will see the Reset DNS Settings drop-down. From that drop-down, you can select from these DNS servers:

  • Google DNS
  • OpenDNS
  • OpenDNS Family
  • Norton DNS
  • Comodo Secure
  • Scrubit DNS
  • DNS Advantage

You can select which DNS providers you would like Internet Explorer to be set to (or leave it blank if you do your own DNS).

Warning

It isn't clear what some settings, such as Block Windows Startup Pop-up, actually do. The Restore WinSockLSP option should be able to repair corrupt WinSock settings by restoring it to its default. I believe this option will run the netsh winsock reset catalog command.

If you are unfamiliar with an option, you should look into before attempting to use it. But before you set and unset options, use the Browser Repair Tool defaults and see if those don't resolve your issues.

Conclusion

If Internet Explorer is compromised by malicious software, this handy, portable tool might be your best chance at quickly repairing the default Windows browser. If this doesn't work, you can always roll back Windows to a pre-infected state.

About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

16 comments
johnsondell
johnsondell

For Any Antivirus Tech Support Contact at: +1-844-833-8353

peter
peter

As I was having some IE problems, slow response and occasionally "not responding" messages. I tried this software, which appears to have had some effect. However it also damaged my installation of Norton Internet Security, so I had to reinstall NIS afterwards.

renosablast
renosablast

When I click on the link to the Anvi download page, my Trend Micro AntiVirus flags it as a malicious site.

RonMan811
RonMan811

When I go to the Anvi website from the link in the article, the first thing that catches my eye is that this software is a trial. If so, I wish it had said so in the article. Or, am I missing something here and it is free?

LedLincoln
LedLincoln

I'm more comfortable just resetting IE to the defaults as described above.

Craig_B
Craig_B

For IE, I have found disabling or removing toolbars and add-ons and then going to Tools - Internet Options - Advanced - Reset (you can decide what additional items to clear such as Cookies, etc through this menu) has resolved most issues.

oblivion62
oblivion62

While I'm sure the writer is correct in his summary above, the tool itself doesn't appear to contain either any clues as to what its various options actually do, or any help as to anything it can see that might be wrong / broken / misconfigured. There's also no obvious "do this" or "apply" button. I might use this in an emergency but it doesn't -- in its present form, anyway -- look like something that's likely to inspire confidence in most potential users.

Gisabun
Gisabun

Makes you wonder how well tested a version 1.0 is.... Hopefully the author fixes the current problems before adding other browsers [although Google needs help!].

Gisabun
Gisabun

You have to wonder about the site. Says "trial" but also says "free". So is it a free trial? Free? Trial? Of course Jsack says nothing....

Gisabun
Gisabun

Reset usually fixes about 9o9% of the problems. I have no toolbars like Bing, Google, Yahoo, Ask, etc. All are a waste of memory.

Greenknight_z
Greenknight_z

I permanently repaired all IE issues in 2004 by switching to Firefox. Never regretted it.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

There are plenty of sites that don't work right outside of IE. No, they shouldn't be coded that way, but they are.

cbemerine
cbemerine

Not only have I avoided most of the IE BS by sticking with Firefox, I make sure I develop sites with Firefox first, than only test in IE, Chrome, Konqueror, Safari, Opera...admitedly if I am in a hurry, I do not test all those browsers every time...just when implementing a new feature. The important point is by developing in anything other than IE, you avoid the proprietary IE browser gotchas that everyone jumps through hoops to create work arounds. If you have to create a work around...you have already failed. Browsers that require work arounds, honestly are NOT worth the trouble. Time is money and they cost way too much.

Duke E Love
Duke E Love

I have never heard of a site that doesn't work outside of IE. In the early 00's the mantra IE only was valid but that is 7-10 years ago. Maybe some legacy Intranet apps are still IE only but a not working for ~70% of the browser market share would be the kiss of death. Even MS doesn't write IE only apps anymore.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

years ago I used Avant myself. Basically it's a screen door for MSIE.

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