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Any Firefox experts? My install is driving me crazy

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by wahoowad, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

    Dec 19, 2005
    I have some kind of strange URL redirection/hijack thing happening every few google searches. I will have a good search result to what I am looking for but it takes me to another website that is not what that link was supposed to do. I run all kinds of major virus and malware scanners (malwarebytes, Symantec, AVG, etc.) and keep them updated but something got on my system and I can't shake it. I think maybe one of my Firefox addins got hijacked so I decided to completely uninstall Firefox and told it to remove all settings and everything. Then I reinstalled Firefox from a fresh download. Somehow the clean install found all my prior addins and they are once again enabled! WTF? I am trying to blow it all away and start with a fresh Firefox then add any addins I want if I even want any again. I have a few popular ones I like but wan tto start off without them. How to totally uninstall and get a fresh Firefox install??!?!

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  2. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

    Nov 10, 2008
    Standish, ME
    Can you provide the search term and the number of the entry in the returned search results that is being redirected?

    Is this a Windows machine?
  3. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Northern Virginia
    Wahoo, do a search for "search bar hijackers". Had it happen to me a while back and the things are tough to get rid of.

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