If you see “about: blank” in the address bar of your web browser, you are viewing a blank page embedded in your web browser. It is part of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and other browsers.

There is nothing wrong with: empty. Many people choose to use about: blank as their home page, making sure their web browser always opens with a blank white screen. If your web browser still opens with about: blank and you don’t like it, we’ll show you how to prevent this from happening.

What is it: empty?

This is a blank page built into your web browser. The “about:” part of the address instructs the browser to display internal, embedded web pages. For example, in Chrome, you can type about: settings in the address bar to open the Settings page or about: downloads to view the list of file downloads from Chrome.

When you type about: blank in the address bar and press Enter, your web browser will load an empty page with nothing on it. This page is not from the Internet, it is embedded in your web browser.

Why approximately: is vacuum useful?

Many people use about: blank as their home page. This gives you a blank page every time you open your browser.

To do this, all you have to do is go to your browser settings and tell it to open with “about: blank” instead of another web page.

Web browsers can also open the blank about: blank page if they launch themselves and don’t know what else to view. A browser should always display something, after all, and loading about: blank is one way to display a blank page.

Is it a virus or malware?

The about: blank page is not malware or anything dangerous. However, if you are concerned that your computer may contain malware, we recommend that you perform a scan with the anti-malware program of your choice.

We like Malwarebytes, and we recommend that you scan your computer with it. The free version can perform manual scans and remove malware. The premium paid version simply adds an automatic background scan. Malwarebytes supports both Windows PCs and Macs.

Soon: What is the best antivirus for Windows 10? (Is Windows Defender good enough?)

How can you get rid of about: blank?

You cannot actually get rid of or delete about: blank. It’s part of your web browser, and it will always be there under the hood. However, you will never have to see it again if you don’t want to.

If you still see about: blank every time you open your web browser and prefer to see your browser’s New Tab page or any other web page, all you need to do is change your home page. Web browser.

In Google Chrome, go to menu> Settings. Scroll down to the “On startup” section and select “Open New Tab Page” or remove about: blank in web pages that open on startup and choose your preferred web page.

Remove About: Blank Chrome Home Page

In Mozilla Firefox, click menu> Options> Home. Select the desired home page for new windows and new tabs. Make sure “About: Blank” or “Blank Page” is not selected here.

Prevent Firefox from opening with empty windows

In Apple Safari on a Mac, click Safari> Preferences> General. Under Home page, remove “about: blank” and enter the desired home page.

Disable About: Blank in Safari on macOS Catalina

In Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser, click menu> Settings> On startup. Select “Open New Tab” or remove about: blank from the list of Edge pages that opens when you launch it.

Remove About: Empty new Microsoft Edge start pages

In Internet Explorer, you can change this from the Internet Options window. (You shouldn’t be using Internet Explorer anymore, of course. Even Microsoft recommends that you leave IE behind. But it may still be necessary for some older business applications and other legacy software.)

Click on 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 the desired home page.

Prevent Internet Explorer from opening with about: blank