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Firefox Default Search Engine Keeps Reverting


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#1 Dunshster

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 07:56 PM

I am having problems with my firefox default search engine. Everytime I switch it to google, it reverts back to Bing if I restart my computer or my browser.

I have been able to fix the problem temporarily by following the steps below, however after a restart it reverts:

Step1: Type "about:config" into the url address bar.

Step2: Type "keyword.url"

Step3: Change the current setting (http://search.conduit.com/ResultsExt.aspx?ctid=CT2504091&SearchSource=2&q=) to google (http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&q=)

This works great until I restart, and then it goes back to search.conduit.com I have the latest version of firefox 14.1 and windows 7. Is there another place I need to change this setting?

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 08:10 PM

I have discovered the problem was due to a hidden toolbar I had no idea was installed. It is the Vuze Conduit toolbar. Once I uninstalled vuze and the firefox extension for the toolbar my problem was solved.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:16 AM

I have discovered the problem was due to a hidden toolbar I had no idea was installed.


That is an excellent example of foistware being installed on a computer. To prevent this type of unwanted software in the future, please pay close attention to the dialog boxes as software is installed or even updated. Foistware will be disclosed in the EULA (End User License Agreement) of almost all software, though people do not read the EULA, they just click I agree and continue to install said software.

Thank you Dunshter for letting us know that you found the cause and resolved this problem.

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