|There is always a solution. System Restore may be good for restoring system files but not for user-specific settings.|
Open Internet Options in Control Panel. Internet Options will open to the General tab. There you will see several sections like Start page, Browsing History, Tabs, etc. Click Settings in the Tabs section. On the page that opens, you will see a drop-down box. In this box, you can select/define how opening a new tab must behave, ie. open new tab, blank page, or start page.
Hope the above helps.
( Sorry I use localized-language version of Windows, therefore some of the descriptions may not reflect what you may see when you open Internet Options. But you can find your way. )