My Fx preferences have stopped working!

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Post Posted January 5th, 2019, 6:32 pm

My default search engine (in about:preferences) is Google. Yet suddenly Yahoo search has hijacked my default searches! (And I don't even have Yahoo search as a listed search engine.) Also in about:preferences, I have "Use the address bar for search and navigation" unchecked--but the URLbar treats my entries as searches! What can I do to fix this?


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Post Posted January 6th, 2019, 5:29 am

Have you recently installed or updated any extensions?
Have you tried starting Firefox in Mozilla Safe Mode?
If no improvement using Safe Mode, do you have the same problem if you create a new profile and test it with no extensions or non-default themes installed?
and ... on_Windows

Scan your system for malware -- Install and run these programs, consecutively, not simultaneously.

If these don't find it or can't clear it, post in one of these forums for specialized malware removal help: ... topic=9573


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Post Posted January 6th, 2019, 6:14 am

Fire 750, bring back 250.
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20110420 SeaMonkey/2.0.14 Pinball CopyURL+ FetchTextURL FlashGot NoScript

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Post Posted January 6th, 2019, 11:25 am

Yahoo search hijack is gone! (Permanently, I hope.) All I did was to put Fx into safe mode and then restart in normal mode. I did not change a thing. Very strange indeed.

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