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My Firefox browser has been 'taken over' by 'https://goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net/v1/hostedsearch'... How did this happen and how di I get rid of it?

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My Firefox now 'defaults' to 'https://goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net/v1/hostedsearch?aid=5329&data=aWlkPTIwJnVpZD01MDUyMDI2Ng==&keyword'. The 'response' is always 'nothing here'. The only way I can search now is Safari...not my favourite! How did this happen? How can I fix it? Thanks! Charley

My Firefox now 'defaults' to 'https://goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net/v1/hostedsearch?aid=5329&data=aWlkPTIwJnVpZD01MDUyMDI2Ng==&keyword'. The 'response' is always 'nothing here'. The only way I can search now is Safari...not my favourite! How did this happen? How can I fix it? Thanks! Charley
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WestEnd
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That would be a site or malware infection that is doing that. If you are unable to fix this issue this would require a computer shop to look at the problem.

That would be a site or malware infection that is doing that. If you are unable to fix this issue this would require a computer shop to look at the problem.
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FredMcD
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You may have ad/mal-ware. Further information can be found in this article; https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-caused-malware?cache=no

Run most or all of the listed malware scanners. Each works differently. If one program misses something, another may pick it up.

You may have ad/mal-ware. Further information can be found in this article; https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-caused-malware?cache=no Run most or all of the listed malware scanners. Each works differently. If one program misses something, another may pick it up.
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FredMcD
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Type about:addons<enter> in the address bar to open your Add-ons Manager. Hot key; (<Control> [Mac=<Command>] <Shift> A)

In the Add-ons Manager, on the left, select Extensions. Remove “ searchitnow “ Anything.

Also remove SafeSearch, SearchAssist Incognito, FileConverter Addon, SearchLock, DiscreteSearch, WebSearch, Findwide Search Engine, securedsearch

Now do the same in the computer’s Programs Folder.

Windows: Start > Control Panel > Uninstall Programs. Mac: Open the Applications folder. Linux: Check your user manual.

Type '''about:addons'''<enter> in the address bar to open your Add-ons Manager. Hot key; '''(<Control> ''[Mac=<Command>]'' <Shift> A) ''' In the Add-ons Manager, on the left, select '''Extensions. ''' Remove “ searchitnow “ '''Anything. ''' Also remove SafeSearch, SearchAssist Incognito, FileConverter Addon, SearchLock, DiscreteSearch, WebSearch, Findwide Search Engine, securedsearch Now do the same in the computer’s '''Programs Folder. ''' '''Windows:''' Start > Control Panel > Uninstall Programs. '''Mac:''' Open the '''Applications''' folder. '''Linux:''' Check your user manual.
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jscher2000
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Hi Charley, scanning/cleaning malware and checking for unknown extensions are good idea.

But just to clarify, which of these are affected:

(A) Firefox loads an unwanted page at startup and in new windows (Command+n) -- check your home page setting: How to set the home page

(B) Your default search engine setting has been changed on the Preferences page -- can you change it there permanently or does the change not stick: Change your default search settings in Firefox

(C) Your default search engine is correct on the Preferences page (for example, Bing, DuckDuckGo or Google) but when submitting a search in the address bar, results show up on an unwanted site -- this kind of hijack requires further investigation

Hi Charley, scanning/cleaning malware and checking for unknown extensions are good idea. But just to clarify, which of these are affected: (A) Firefox loads an unwanted page at startup and in new windows (Command+n) -- check your home page setting: [[How to set the home page]] (B) Your default search engine setting has been changed on the Preferences page -- can you change it there permanently or does the change not stick: [[Change your default search settings in Firefox]] (C) Your default search engine is correct on the Preferences page (for example, Bing, DuckDuckGo or Google) but when submitting a search in the address bar, results show up on an unwanted site -- this kind of hijack requires further investigation
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