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how to block a search engine from taking over to be specific: ask.com

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a certain search engine <ask.com> has taken over and is acting as the default search engine when opening the computer i selected firefox with google being the preferred search engine but each time I open, the popup blocker is bypassed and <ask.com> acts as the search engine. I have removed it from my programs (uninstalled) it but to no avail. PLEASE HELP

a certain search engine <ask.com> has taken over and is acting as the default search engine when opening the computer i selected firefox with google being the preferred search engine but each time I open, the popup blocker is bypassed and <ask.com> acts as the search engine. I have removed it from my programs (uninstalled) it but to no avail. PLEASE HELP

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Start Firefox in Diagnose Firefox issues using Troubleshoot Mode to check if one of the extensions is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox (Tools) > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).


You can open the about:config page via the location bar and do a search for ask.com via the Filter at the top of the about:config page.
You can reset all ask.com related prefs that appear bold (user set) via the right-click context menu to their default values.