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    • G_M
    • By G_M 8th Nov 18, 9:29 PM
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    Firefox expert?
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    • 8th Nov 18, 9:29 PM
    Firefox expert? 8th Nov 18 at 9:29 PM
    Anyone know why Firefox would periodically change my default search engine to ebay for no apparent reason?


    Happens every couple of weeks.
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    • JustAnotherSaver
    • By JustAnotherSaver 8th Nov 18, 10:00 PM
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    • 8th Nov 18, 10:00 PM
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    • 8th Nov 18, 10:00 PM
    It couldn't be due to any add-ons you have installed could it?


    Just a wild guess but i know when my browser started acting up it was due to one of the add ons i had installed. Was fine one day but then just forever acted up until i uninstalled it. YouTube add ons seem to be bad for it in my experience.

    • G_M
    • By G_M 8th Nov 18, 10:41 PM
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    • 8th Nov 18, 10:41 PM
    Good thought but no active add-ons.
    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 8th Nov 18, 10:47 PM
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    • #4
    • 8th Nov 18, 10:47 PM
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    • 8th Nov 18, 10:47 PM
    Try running adware cleaner https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/ and malwarebytes https://www.malwarebytes.com/
    • G_M
    • By G_M 9th Nov 18, 10:46 PM
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    • 9th Nov 18, 10:46 PM
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    • 9th Nov 18, 10:46 PM
    Have done this now - nothing found.


    Will see what happens over the next week or two.
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 9th Nov 18, 11:06 PM
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    • 9th Nov 18, 11:06 PM
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    • 9th Nov 18, 11:06 PM
    Tools -> Options --> General -> Startup ->


    Checkmark (tick) in box "Always check if Firefox is your Default Browser"


    Under that it will then say "Firefox is your default browser"
    I think this job really needs
    a much bigger hammer.
    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 10th Nov 18, 1:33 AM
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    • #7
    • 10th Nov 18, 1:33 AM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 1:33 AM
    When you download something I often see the message, usually quite small, saying make such and such your default search engine. The box is usually already ticked so you have to untick the box.
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 10th Nov 18, 12:26 PM
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    • #8
    • 10th Nov 18, 12:26 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 12:26 PM
    When you download something I often see the message, usually quite small, saying make such and such your default search engine. The box is usually already ticked so you have to untick the box.
    Originally posted by Tom99

    Always check anything you access for download purposes, before installing. read everything on the download page and, as said by Tom99, untick the boxes. If you follow the instructions in my first post, this will bring back the real Firefox browser and keep it there.


    Providing you do not leave download check boxes ticked.
    I think this job really needs
    a much bigger hammer.
    • stator
    • By stator 10th Nov 18, 1:07 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 1:07 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 1:07 PM
    What is your anti-virus software?


    The free AV software often tries to do stuff like this, although I've not heard of them changing your search provider to eBay
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    • molerat
    • By molerat 10th Nov 18, 2:11 PM
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    For a start click on menu tab - options - search then in one-click search engines highlight ebay and click remove, you can do that for any others you want to get rid of. Have you got the ebay tool bar installed ?
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