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Question on Yahoo entries in Firefox About:Config files

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#1 bluesjunior


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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:47 AM

I updated to the latest version of Windows Live Messenger earlier today. Live Messenger installed ok but I had to retry a second time to install Live Mail. This was successful but the box to set home page and search provider never reappeared again and I exited WLM once the install was finished. I then opened up Firefox to go online only to find that my home page and search provider had been changed to MSN and Bing. I had a bookmarked shortcut to my home page which hadn't changed and used it to Google these events and quickly found a link to a post which explained how to reset them to the original entries using the About:Config option in Firefox. This went ok and my home page and search engine have now been reset to Google and Firefox.

However, whilst in About:Config I noticed several entries for Yahoo which I was also going to reset but found that the reset option was greyed out and therefore unavailable. Is this normal?. I also saw several entries for the Ask Toolbar which I did reset but have no idea how they came to be there as I will not have Ask Toolbar on my PC. I did a search which came up empty so would like to know if these entries are meant to be there or how have they got there?. Thanks in advance for any help offered.
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#2 Andrew


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Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:26 PM

Without knowing the exact entries, it's hard to say anything absolute. However, in general, entries in about:config will only offer the reset function if their value has been changed from the default value.

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