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  1.    11 Jan 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jan 2017
    south East England
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    Bing search engine


    Can someone please help me? I have just registered on here, at the suggestion of someone from Firefox help forums. I am a senior person (still working) I have some pc knowledge, but not to technical especially with in depth stuff.

    My problem is I have FF as my default browser, with Google as my home page, everything was wine till about 72 hours ago. when i typed something into google results came up in google search, but now (and I have made no changes I dont dabble or touch settings because i do not understand them) all my search results are returned in bing instead of google, and I hate it.
    I have tried resetting to default in firefox, Ive have manually removed Bing, from the search engine list that FF uses, it shows on that page that google is default search engine, but everything still comes up in bing. I saw online that cortania can have bing as they are both microsoft, so I found out how to disable cortania and remove what is held on me in the cloud, but no change.

    Several suggestions from FF help forum have not stopped bing coming up, so the last thing that was suggested was as follows( I had to ask for simple to follow instructions)
    went off line, then in url bar typed about:config, accepted the liabilty, by hitting the button, then in aboutcnfig search area typed in Bing, three lines came up that had the word Bing, so I right clicked each one then left clicked modify then changed the word bing for google, I then came out of it (as I was told) went back to my home page typed in luggage and a couple of other things, but still it came up in bing, so I went back and did the same process again about:config typed in bing again only this time the three lines did not appear, just a blank white page!!,

    I then tried the next suggestion wich was looking at all the script down the left hand side of config was told to look in Browser search orders 1,2, 3, so this i did and what I saw was:
    Browser search order 1 default string Google
    -------"-----------"------------2 default string yahoo
    ---------"----------"-----------3 userset string Google ( this was in bold black letters)
    then i looked in browser search orders
    US.1 Default String data:text/plain browser,search.order.us.1 Yahoo
    US .2 This was the same as above except last word was Google
    US.3 Userset string Google (this was in bold black letters)
    Then I looked and saw: Browser.search.selected engine user set string Google (this was also in bold black letters)

    There you have my problem, all i want is rid of blasted bing from my pc, or at least my search results to come up in google. There is one thing I have noticed that before this issue when I searched in google then clicked the back button it rightly so went back to home page, but now what ever i type into google comes up in bing search results, but when you press the back button (top left) it stays on that search result page, and wont budge, so the only way back to googlw home page is by clicking the little house. Can you help me please, if so please keep instruction simple, many thanks.
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  2.    11 Jan 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 119
    Windows 10 Pro

    I have used Firefox for many years and have learned some "tricks" in that time. In Firefox, enter about:config. This will bring up the parameters for Firefox. Type in URL. Then check and modify if necessary the entries browser.aps.URL and browser.newtab.URL. If you want Google as your default browser, double left click on both and set them to www.google.com. That should do it ...
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  3.    11 Jan 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jan 2017
    south East England
    Posts : 6
    windows 10 latest version
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by TexasBandit View Post
    I have used Firefox for many years and have learned some "tricks" in that time. In Firefox, enter about:config. This will bring up the parameters for Firefox. Type in URL. Then check and modify if necessary the entries browser.aps.URL and browser.newtab.URL. If you want Google as your default browser, double left click on both and set them to www.google.com. That should do it ...

    Im not sure what you mean to be honest, firstly i couldnt find browser.aps.URL and the other one browser.newtab.url has several things there, and i am way out of my depth here so dont want to touch anything till i know exactly waht to do.
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  4.    11 Jan 2017 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 3,230
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    Just for interest. Click on the three bars in upper right corner of FF. Click on options in window that opens, looks like a gear. On left side click on search. What is your default search engine. If it has drop down, change it back to google.
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  5.    11 Jan 2017 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2017
    south East England
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    windows 10 latest version
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caledon Ken View Post
    Just for interest. Click on the three bars in upper right corner of FF. Click on options in window that opens, looks like a gear. On left side click on search. What is your default search engine. If it has drop down, change it back to google.

    Thanks but it still says Google then default.
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  6.    11 Jan 2017 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 1,303
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Everything is in FF`s setings, you can change everything there. Set Google back to your home page.

    You must have downloaded something for it to change.

    Look in programs and features in the control panel, there may be a tool bar or something in there. Anything you didn`t install, get rid of it. (uninstall it)


    Still have problems ? Dump FF and install Google Chrome
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  7.    11 Jan 2017 #7
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 3,230
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    Building on AddRam suggestion that something got installed, did you update / change AV products, update Flash or any other programs.

    You might also go to malwarebytes.com and download and install Malwarebytes. Run a scan, it should detect anything doing a search redirect. (malware)

    You might also head back to the page I suggested and click on restore default search engines. The box above it allows you to remove search engines. Just make sure only the search engine you want to remove is checked. Then remove it from Firefox.
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  8.    11 Jan 2017 #8
    Join Date : Jan 2017
    south East England
    Posts : 6
    windows 10 latest version
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    Ive gone through everything, only a couple of things I did not know of in control panel so have unistalled them, only other thing was Shazam, have also removed that.
    I have gone back to that page clicked on restore, it shows FF as browser which I want and google as home page, which I want, and also still says Google default. Ive done what others have suggested, gone into config there is no mention of bing anywhere, so being very limited in knowledge and not sure about delving into oc works im stuck. I dont even know how or why it changed from google search results to this blasted bing.
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  9.    11 Jan 2017 #9
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 119
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by journeyman4 View Post
    Im not sure what you mean to be honest, firstly i couldnt find browser.aps.URL and the other one browser.newtab.url has several things there, and i am way out of my depth here so dont want to touch anything till i know exactly waht to do.
    It's really very simple. Enter about:config at the top left on the Firefox browser. That will bring up a screen to ensure you want to make changes. Press enter and the screen to change Firefox parameters will come up. In the search field enter URL. Then scroll down until you see browser.apps.URL. At that entry, press enter and an insert will come up that will allow you to enter www.google.com. After you enter that, scroll down to browser.newname.URL and repeat the previous process by entering www.google.com. Then press PF3 to exit. The first entry sets Google as your default search engine. The second sets Google as the search engine if you open other browser pages on Firefox. That's about as simple as I can make it, so I hope it helps.

    A second option is to uninstall/reinstall Firefox.
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  10.    11 Jan 2017 #10
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 3,230
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    Did you restore default search engines? Did you delete Bing? Did you run Malwarebytes?
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