Do you see a generic globe symbol or none at all for your saved pages in Google Chrome? If that’s the case, you need this manual.
Here we’ll show you how to get your Chrome bookmark favicons back to way they were before.
Where Are My Bookmarks in Chrome for Windows 10?
If you’re going to bookmark a website, it has to stand out from the others with its own custom symbol. On occasion, though, the favicon could be absent or replaced with the emblem of a different website.
This strange behavior might be due to your recent import of a bookmark list from another browser into Google Chrome. If the cache files are damaged, Chrome may randomly choose an image from one of the sites and use it for the others.
Using an old version of Chrome might also be to blame for the erroneous bookmark icons. Some users have reported that the problem was introduced in browser version 74 due to a known defect.
On the other hand, if you have installed an extension that is causing Chrome to malfunction, you may also have this problem.
Easy Solutions to Restore Chrome’s Favicons
Here are a few simple solutions we hope you’ll find helpful, whatever the matter may be.
1. The removal of unused browser add-ons
Access to and the ability to modify website data—including favicons—is often required by in-app extensions. If any of the added extensions are prone to instability, the results might be disastrous.
Mark any suspect or unused add-ons and remove them first. What you need to do is detailed below:
- Start up Chrome.
- The three dots in the top right corner may be clicked.
- For more options, choose the three stacked dots in the top right corner.
- Select “More tools” > “Extensions” thereafter.
- More tools > Extensions.
- To remove an extension, go to the “Extensions” section of your browser’s settings and right-click on it.
- To eliminate, just choose the corresponding button.
- To remove the additional extensions you’ve tagged as unnecessary, repeat the procedure.
- Select the Remove button.
- Then, try refreshing your bookmarks page to check whether the icons have been restored.
2. Remove malicious software
Virus software may be to blame for the bookmark feature’s incorrect icon presentation in the vast majority of situations.
Reason why? Favicons and Favicon-Journal are two files that are generated each time Chrome is started. If malware is present in the cache files, both get damaged, and there may be too many cache files for you to manually remove it. Even worse, the longer malware stays on your computer, the more harm it will do.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that you constantly have some kind of anti-virus software installed and active on your computer.
3. Start an Anti-Malware scan immediately.
After installation, run a scan to detect and remove any malicious software already running on your computer.
Anti-Malware allows you to scan for and eliminate dangers from your PC that your antivirus software may have missed.
4. Turn on the synchronization of bookmarks option.
It’s possible that Chrome doesn’t support synchronization across sites if the favicons didn’t show up after you imported your browser data to a new web app. Methods for triggering the synchronization process are as follows:
If you want to access your profile while Chrome is still open, click the gear symbol in the address bar.
- To access your profile, choose it from the menu.
- Finally, access your Google account by signing in.
- Access your Google account by signing in.
- If this is your account, please log in by clicking the “Yes, I’m in” button and then the “Turn on Sync” button.
- Simply choose “Yes, I’m in” to continue.
- To double-check that the correct icons are appearing next to each URL in your bookmarks list, you may reload the page.
(Note: re-importing the bookmarks is a good idea if the fix doesn’t work.)
5. Upgrade your current browser.
If the problem continues, you may try to check the browser version you’re using. Chrome users who have upgraded to the most current version should not encounter the issue of a missing favicon in their bookmarks list.
Two versions of the Chrome browser (v75 and the most current v76) have been published since the problem was originally reported. It’s possible that even installing one of these might be enough to resolve the issue immediately.
We will show you how to do it:
- The Chrome web browser must be launched.
- Begin using Google Chrome.
- The More button should be clicked.
- Just hit the “More” link.
- Select Chrome’s Help menu, then About Chrome.
- To learn more about Google Chrome, click the “About” button.
- You’ll be sent to the page where you can download Chrome’s most recent update.
- Acquire and set up the latest version of Chrome.
- After the software has been installed, try starting it up to see whether the odd behavior has stopped.
- Simply choose the “Relaunch” option.
Additional Method for Resolving the Issue
After attempting the aforementioned solutions and still encountering difficulties, there is one more course of action to take. However, if malicious software is corrupting your files, this approach may not be successful. So, you’ll still need to use an anti-malware scanner sometimes.
The steps below should be carried out once a thorough check for malware has been run:
- To begin, launch Google Chrome and then choose More from the menu that appears.
- Select “More” from the menu that appears.
- To access other resources, choose that option.
- For further resources, choose that option.
- Now, you need to locate the option to “Clear browsing data” and activate it.
- Select “Clear browsing history.”
- Select the content you want to delete and then hit “Clear data” on the next screen.
- A “Clear data” button may be found.
- The next step is to launch a new instance of your browser.
- Navigate to the following directory:
Go to C:Usersuser>AppDataLocalChromeUserDataDefault.
- Make a copy of the Favicons and Favicon-Journal files that are created automatically.
- Move the Favicon and Favicon-Journal.
Finally, try restarting your browser to see if that helps resolve the problem. For best results, you may need to reload some of your bookmarked pages.