You have a couple of options at your disposal if your browser gets highjacked by malware, or if you just once happen to forget to uncheck a toolbar offer in a software installer on your system. As far as Chrome is concerned, you can try and fix issues manually, for instance by changing the homepage and default search provider manually in the browser, or, if things look really bleak, try and use a new profile instead.
While it is easy to switch to another profile, you will immediately notice that none of your extensions, themes, modifications, bookmarks and other data will be carried over to it. You do have options to copy those over manually to the profile, but doing so increases the chance that you will import some of the issues back to the new profile.
Google has added a profile reset feature to Chromium today. It will be rolled out to Canary, Dev, Beta and Stable builds in the coming weeks and months. It offers two advantages over creating a new profile:
You need to enable the flag chrome://flags/#enable-reset-profile-settings currently to display the Reset option in the Chrome settings. Just click on the enable link and restart the browser afterwards. It is likely that the flag requirement will be removed in the future.
You can select to reset the following settings:
Note that this will reset all data including modifications that you may have made to the browser. A restart is not required to complete the reset.
The reset feature is a welcome addition to the Chrome browser as it provides users with options to restore the browser to a pristine condition without having to create a new profile or uninstalling and installing it again.
Bonus Tip: creating a new profile in Chrome
I'm going to show you how to create a new profile for Chrome if you are using Windows. The steps are nearly identical for other operating systems:
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