Many people are wondering what is about:blank, and to clear the air right at the start, that is nothing more than a completely blank page in your browser.
It can show up in any browser, including Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Opera, to name a few. You will notice about:blank in the address bar. There are different reasons why it may appear, and we will list them below.
Reasons why about:blank appears
Let’s see some of the reasons why about:blank may appear in your web browser.
- One of the main reasons you are going to see about:blank is because you have set the browser to show blank pages when you open new tabs or when you launch your browser. In other words, you have set your home page to a blank one.
- It may also appear when you enter the wrong address in the address bar. The browser may not understand what to display, so it will show a blank page.
- If you are about to download something from the web and click on the download link, a blank page may open up when the downloading process begins.
Is about:blank malware or a virus?
You don’t have to be concerned when you see about:blank because it is, as we said, just a blank page that opens up, and we mentioned some of the reasons why it may happen. But, if you see it too often and didn’t attempt to download something or haven’t set your homepage as a blank one, you should get anti-malware software and remove the malware from your PC. In addition, you can reinstall your browser, and things should go back to normal.
How to change about:blank on the homepage.
If you have set your browser to show a blank page when you launch it or when you open new tabs, but you don’t want this to happen anymore, you can easily change it. Head over to your browser’s Settings, and choose a web page to be shown as a home page. You will no longer see about:blank.