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Restoring Google as my default Firefox Search engine

The "Ask" folks surreptitiously managed to replace my default Firefox Google Search engine with Ask..

With Firefox's hazy procedure stated in its Tools> Options, I am not able to restore Google as my search engine.

Please help.


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remove ask

check your firefox app and see if you have an ask app, toolbar or plugin. get rid of it. Also go to the operating systems add/remove program (cannot be specific since no os was mention) and make sure nothing from ask is there.

you may also be able to remove it by doing a system restore to a restore point prior to when it installed.

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Thank you very much!

By restoring my computer system to yesterday's time marker, I got rid of the Ask search engine's URL, which had got surreptitiously "embedded" earlier today so as to make Ask search window appear every time I opened a new tab.

I am also able to have Google as my default search engine whenever I enter whatever search words in Firefox's "Search or enter address" window.

Thanks for the above most straightforward solution for getting rid of stealthy Ask. I had not thought of that solution!

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Clarification regarding my above problem

I have chosen in the past NOT to have a Search window in the tool bars. Rather, I have preferred all along in the past to have Google search as my home page in Firefox.

The above is what I want back in my Firefox browser.

In Firefox's Tools > Options, there is a menu item for having whichever desired search engine as one's default; however, when I select there Google as my default search engine, my doing that is somehow ineffective. The Ask search window's URL somehow continues to appear as my home page URL EVEN AFTER I try to remove it in my home page URL choice! The whole thing is puzzling.

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