Windows 10: Firefox Address Bar Suggestions

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  1.    23 Sep 2017 #1

    Firefox Address Bar Suggestions


    I have recently deleted my Firefox history, including cookies, cache and everything else. I went back to the beginning of all-time just to make sure there was nothing left.

    But I'm still faced with a dilemma, whenever I type a single letter, say R for example, it automatically suggests redtube.com (a porn site). Google search for how to get rid of this leaves me with no answers. Why in the world is it suggesting that I visit a porn site when that site is not in my history or bookmarks?
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  2. Posts : 8,195
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       23 Sep 2017 #2

    Hi AUTiger1

    If you click on the three bars, upper right corner of Firefox, then Options, then search on left, then uncheck "Provide search suggestions.

    Once you have some history and cookies you likely can reinstate and the suggestions may be more relevant.


    Ken
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  3. Posts : 7,639
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       23 Sep 2017 #3

    AUTiger1 said: View Post
    I have recently deleted my Firefox history, including cookies, cache and everything else. ... But I'm still faced with a dilemma, whenever I type a single letter, say R for example, it automatically suggests redtube.com (a porn site).
    OK, so I've just used Firefox Profile Manager to create a new unused profile to test this (run: firefox.exe -p ). Typing 'R' produces no such suggestions.

    There may be something more going on here, the fact that it's a porn site is particularly worrying. I would check for malware that may be feeding you these suggestions. I'd try running AdwCleaner.
    https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
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  4.    23 Sep 2017 #4

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    Hi AUTiger1

    If you click on the three bars, upper right corner of Firefox, then Options, then search on left, then uncheck "Provide search suggestions.

    Once you have some history and cookies you likely can reinstate and the suggestions may be more relevant.


    Ken
    Yeah, it's already off and this is still happening. Sure my history (what limited it is) is showing up but I don't know why I'm getting any suggestions at all.
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  5.    23 Sep 2017 #5

    Bree said: View Post
    OK, so I've just used Firefox Profile Manager to create a new unused profile to test this (run: firefox.exe -p ). Typing 'R' produces no such suggestions.

    There may be something more going on here, the fact that it's a porn site is particularly worrying. I would check for malware that may be feeding you these suggestions. I'd try running AdwCleaner.
    https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
    Yeah, been a minute since I ran that one so probably need to do it again.
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  6.    23 Sep 2017 #6

    Bree said: View Post
    OK, so I've just used Firefox Profile Manager to create a new unused profile to test this (run: firefox.exe -p ). Typing 'R' produces no such suggestions.

    There may be something more going on here, the fact that it's a porn site is particularly worrying. I would check for malware that may be feeding you these suggestions. I'd try running AdwCleaner.
    https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
    When I enter R into the address bar I get a drop down menu of many choices. Using Firefox Nightly 58
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  7.    23 Sep 2017 #7

    I searched and went to the site that the OP speaks of, I still get no such suggestions typing r into the address bar!

    Better do as @Bree suggests!
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  8. Posts : 8,195
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       24 Sep 2017 #8

    Did you try shutting off suggestions as I posted?

    If you don't want to do that go to rbc.com and rbs.co.uk to build some history and try typing an R in the address / search bar and see if the porn site comes up.

    I see AUTigers and I think university Auburn Tigers. Any chance you are located in university town and without history your location is being fed to Google for suggestions.
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  9.    24 Sep 2017 #9

    Edwin said: View Post
    I searched and went to the site that the OP speaks of, I still get no such suggestions typing r into the address bar!

    Better do as @Bree suggests!
    I do see below

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  10. Posts : 7,639
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       25 Sep 2017 #10

    With a brand new and previously unused Profile I do see suggestions for R, but only built-in generic Mozilla ones.

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