The home page, sometimes called the start page, is the first page that appears upon opening a web browser. This start page can be a website, or it can be a page with various browser functions such as the display of thumbnails of frequently visited websites. Multiple websites can also be set as a start page(s), to open in different tabs at the same time.

The default start pages of most popular browsers are innocuous, and serve as portals to common internet services, such as email search or bookmarks.

However, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer are notorious for opening a tabloid‑esque pernicious website by default. This website is blocked by every respectable content filter, and it may thus be reason to worry when one opens the browser and is faced with a blocked page or similar.

The solution is to change the default start page to open a blank page by following the instructions below.

  Edge
  1. Access the three-dotted menu at the upper-right corner of Edge, and choose Settings.
  2. Under the Open Microsoft Edge with option, choose A specific page or pages from the menu.
  3. Enter about:blank into the input box, then and click/tap the save button to the right to save your changes.

  Internet Explorer
  1. Open Internet Explorer and click the Tools button at the upper-right corner of the window , and then select Internet options.
  2. On the General tab, under Home page, enter about:blank to start the browser with a blank page (recommended), but you can also enter any URL you like.
  3. Select Apply, and then select OK

The next time you open a new browsing session or window (or click the Home button ), your home page will be loaded automatically.