Why is my browser opening multiple tabs by itself? [SOLVED]

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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Some users have posted on Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft forums about their Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer browsers opening multiple tabs by themselves.

Those users have said that new tabs keep on opening in their browsers automatically or when they click links.

Learn how to fix this with the steps below.

Why does my browser open tabs on its own?

1. Purge Adware with AdwCleaner

  1. Browsers opening multiple tabs automatically is often due to malware or adware. Therefore, scanning for adware with Malwarebytes AdwCleaner can often fix browsers opening tabs automatically.
  2. Users can download Malwarebytes to Windows by clicking the Free Download button on that utility’s page, here.
  3. Run the application.
  4. Click the Scan button to check for adware, browser hijackers, and PUPs.

AdwCleaner browser opens multiple tabs by itself

2. Reset Browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Resetting browsers can also fix them opening multiple tabs automatically as that will turn off (or remove) their extensions, clear browsing data (which might include virus scripts), and restore them to their default settings. To reset Google Chrome, enter ‘chrome://settings’ in the browser’s URL bar and press Return.
  2. Click the Advanced button.
  3. Then scroll down and click Restore settings to their original default configuration.

The Restore settings option browser opens multiple tabs by itself


  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click the Refresh Firefox button on the Refresh Firefox page.

Internet Explorer 11

  1. Internet Explorer users can reset that browser by clicking the Tools button on its window.
  2. Click Internet options to open the window shown directly below.Internet Properties window browser opens multiple tabs by itself
  3. Press the Reset button on the Advanced tab.IE's Reset button browser opens multiple tabs by itself
  4. Click Reset again to confirm.

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3. Reinstall Browsers

  1. Some users might need to reinstall their browsers to fix the tabs keep opening error, which will fix corrupted installations. To do that, launch Run by pressing the Windows key + R hotkey.
  2. Then users can open the uninstaller by entering ‘appwiz.cpl’ in Run and clicking OK.Windows uninstaller browser opens multiple tabs by itself
  3. Select the browser to remove.
  4. Click the Uninstall option.
  5. Select the Yes option to provide further confirmation.
  6. Then restart Windows after uninstalling the browser.
  7. Download the latest version of the browser from its website. Then reinstall the browser.

4. Reset Content Type Actions

  1. This is a potential fix more specifically for Firefox users. Try adjusting content type settings by clicking Firefox’s Open menu button and selecting Options.
  2. Then click the General tab.
  3. Scroll to the Applications section shown directly below.Firefox application action options browser opens multiple tabs by itself
  4. Select content types listed there to choose alternative actions for them in the Actions column. Select the Always ask action for content types.