How to fix Microsoft Edge refreshing itself?

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Issue: How to fix Microsoft Edge refreshing itself?

Hello, how to fix Microsoft edge from randomly refreshing which is causing me to lose the sites that I am working with?

Solved Answer

Microsoft Edge might become one of the most commonly used browsers, especially now that Microsoft announced the new version that will be based on the Chromium project.[1] Initially, the browser was not doing too well on the market, based solely on the reputation on the predecessor Internet Explorer – a slow browser with many security flaws.[2] However, it does not mean that users never encounter problems with it.

One of such common problems is Microsoft Edge refreshing itself without user interaction whatsoever. This can be especially frustrating as all the tabs the user is working on might be lost, including all the important information put into them.

Microsoft Edge refreshing itself is a relatively common bug, and many users complained about it on official and other technical support forums. Nevertheless, because there are several reasons why that would happen, there is no one, universal solution for the problem. The reasons for Microsoft Edge refreshing itself may include hardware problems, malware infections, overloaded cache, system problems, outdated app, etc.

Fix Microsoft Edge refreshing itself

Before you proceed to fix Microsoft Edge refreshing itself, you should check for the following

  • Make sure your F5 button is not stuck. Simple crumbs or dust might be the culprit of such a problem;
  • Uninstall all the plugins or browser extensions that you might be using on MS Edge;
  • Make sure Microsoft Edge is up to date.

If you encounter this and other problems on your device, we highly recommend you scanning your computer with Reimage – this repair software is capable of fixing system problems, remove virus damage and make sure your PC is performing at its best. If you do not wish to fix Microsoft Edge refreshing itself automatically, try manual options we provide below.

Fix 1. Clear browsing data from MS Edge

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  • Click on Settings and more at the top-right of the MS Edge corner
  • Select History
  • Click on Clear History
  • Next, tick all the boxes and select ClearClear browser data

Fix 2. Run Apps Troubleshooter

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This option might provide some information on why Microsoft Edge keeps refreshing itself:

  • Right-click on the Start button and pick Settings.
  • Click on Update & Security.
  • On the left side of the window, choose Troubleshoot.
  • On the right side of the window, scroll down to find Windows Store Apps.
  • Select it and then click on Run the troubleshooter.Run apps troubleshooter

Fix 3. Scan your computer for malware

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Malware, especially spyware,[3] can induce a variety of activities on your device, such as mouse clicking by itself, redirects to suspicious sites, unexpected appearance of new programs or background processes, error messages, as well as MS Edge refreshing issue. Therefore, make sure you install a reliable anti-virus application and perform a full system scan to make sure no computer virus is present on your system.

Fix 4. Repair or reset Microsoft Edge via Settings

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 There is an excellent built-in feature that can let you fix various issues that arise with all the installed apps. You should first try to run a Repair option. If that does not work, opt for Reset:

  • Right-click on Start and pick Settings
  • Go to Apps and scroll down to locate Microsoft Edge
  • Click on Advanced Options
  • Scroll down again until you reach Reset
  • Now click on Repair, wait till Windows repairs the app and see if problem persists. If that is the case, go back and select Reset optionRepair or reset Edge

Fix 5. Run System File Checker

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System File Checker is an excellent built-in tool that can check for various system issues so it might be useful when trying to fix Microsoft  Edge refreshing itself problem:

  • Type in cmd or Command Prompt in to Cortana's search box
  • Right-click on Command Prompt search result and select Run as administrator
  • Once the new window opens, type in sfc /scannow and press EnterRun SFC scan
  • Wait till Windows fully finishes the scan – it will inform if any errors were found and will fix them automatically

Fix 6. Reinstall MS Edge manually

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This is more advanced Microsoft Edge refreshing itself fix, so please make sure you follow each step carefully:

  • Press Windows button + E to open File Explorer
  • Go to the following location: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe (be aware the drive letter might differ, depending where your Windows OS is installed to)
  • Enter the folder and delete all the contents insideDelete Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder
  • Close down File Explorer
  • Right-click on Start button and select Windows PowerShell (Admin)
  • If User Account Control pops up, click Yes
  • In the newly opened Window, paste the following and hit Enter

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose} 

  • Close down PowerShell and restart your computer. See if Microsoft Edge keeps refreshing itselfRun PowerShell

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Jake Doe
Jake Doe - Computer technology geek

Jake Doe is a News Editor at Ugetfix. Since he met Ugnius Kiguolis in 2003, they both launched several projects that spread awareness about cybercrimes, malware, and other computer-related problems.

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