Firefox Keeps Re-enabling Bing

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  1. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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       #61

    Callender said:
    I reckon it's possible that something went wrong with your uninstall. Try installing it again then remove it and check to see that any FF addon was also removed.
    Deleted Bing again, reset to Google, reinstalled, told it to leave current settings since it won't let you default to Google within the installation. Uninstalled. Rebooted. Restarted Firefox. Back to Bing.

    Went into the registry and cleaned out all keys for Web Companion, reset Google, rebooted, restarted Firefox... back to Bing.
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  2. Posts : 5,084
    21H1 64 Bit Home
       #62

    Okay I'm out of ideas. Anyone else want to make suggestions?

    In the meantime if think of anything to add I will post back here.
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  3. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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       #63

    Callender said:
    Okay I'm out of ideas. Anyone else want to make suggestions?

    In the meantime if think of anything to add I will post back here.
    Yeah, if it was easy, I wouldn't be posting here. Something really bizarre is going on and I have no clue what it might be. Thanks for trying at least.
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  4. Posts : 5,084
    21H1 64 Bit Home
       #64

    One more idea: Go to Control Panel - switch view to small icons. Click "Internet Options" > Security Tab > Trusted Sites. Remove anything found.
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  5. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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       #65

    Callender said:
    One more idea: Go to Control Panel - switch view to small icons. Click "Internet Options" > Security Tab > Trusted Sites. Remove anything found.
    Did, the Lavasoft site was in there, deleted it, reset everything, rebooted... Bing is back.

    This is driving me crazy. I might just completely trash Firefox, install the 64-bit version and see if the problem follows along.
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  6. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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       #66

    Nope, didn't help. Totally fried Firefox, reinstalled the 64-bit, Bing is still there.
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  7. Posts : 12,427
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #67

    Cephus404 said:
    Did, the Lavasoft site was in there, deleted it, reset everything, rebooted... Bing is back.

    This is driving me crazy. I might just completely trash Firefox, install the 64-bit version and see if the problem follows along.
    Export your Bookmarks first the uninstall Firefox. I use the 64-bit version 57.0.4. In testing I closed Firefox, went to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox and ran the firefox.exe file, my add-ins [Appearance] loaded so there may need to be some cleanup after the uninstall, probably something in C:\Users\YOURNAMEHERE\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles.
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  8. Posts : 5,084
    21H1 64 Bit Home
       #68

    From another thread:

    If you uninstall FF then reinstall it you need to remove everything before rebootting and reinstalling because otherwise the new install of FF will look for and use your settings from the your old profile.

    You could keep the profile backup you made with Hekasoft if you need it because it's stored in a different format.

    Callender said:

    Get a copy of GeekUninstaller (portable) and run it. https://geekuninstaller.com

    Find Firefox in the list of programs and double click it.
    Choose yes when deleting profile data.
    Allow it to scan for leftovers.
    From the results list delete everything directly related to the Firefox Program installation or application data.

    Reboot when finished.

    Run Cccleaner if you've got a copy. Check here for Firefox leftovers and delete if found:

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox
    Press the [Windows key+R] to open a Run dialog, type in %APPDATA%\Mozilla\ and click OK to open the Mozilla folder, then delete the Firefox folder if found.

    Reboot.

    Download a fresh copy of firefox and install it.
    If you still get the problem there must be a toolbar, BHO or other program somewhere. But it's strange how no scanners have picked anything up.
    Last edited by Callender; 11 Jan 2018 at 16:34. Reason: add info
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  9. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #69

    The nuclear option does seem to have worked, at least it hasn't reverted back to Bing yet. I'm going to mess around with it for a little bit to see if this has it fixed. Thanks.
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  10. Posts : 4,172
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Latest RP
       #70

    Saw this a little late but immediately thought of a malware owned Scheduled Task due to the persistence of the issue ...

    There are some options here... Slightly different method as this creates a search tab, but the concept is similar

    New Bing tab at start up | Firefox Support Forum | Mozilla Support

    If the issue returns, (hopefully you will never need it)
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