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I've been having some issues with search engines and history

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My default search setting keeps reverting back to Yahoo after I reset my computer. Closing Firefox keeps the one I change it to but restarting the computer changes it.

I can't open the history sidebar. The "Show your History" option opens it's tab fine (the drop-down that says "Show History Sidebar", "Clear Recent History..." ect.). But, when clicking on the "Show History Sidebar", nothing comes up. I can use the "Show All History" option but the sidebar doesn't open for some reason.

My default search setting keeps reverting back to Yahoo after I reset my computer. Closing Firefox keeps the one I change it to but restarting the computer changes it. I can't open the history sidebar. The "Show your History" option opens it's tab fine (the drop-down that says "Show History Sidebar", "Clear Recent History..." ect.). But, when clicking on the "Show History Sidebar", nothing comes up. I can use the "Show All History" option but the sidebar doesn't open for some reason.

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I just finished with a full scan from the Microsoft Safety scanner and it didn't say there was anything wrong. I haven't reset the computer yet to see if anything has changed though after resetting to factory (see 2nd paragraph) it seems to have gone back to Yahoo (the search engine it kept changing back to).

I opened the History tab in the toolbar menu and everything seems fine there. I also had the Always use Private browsing mode off to begin with. After enabling Clear History When Firefox Closes option, I ended up having to reset to factory settings (the things it saves were saved so it's not much of an issue) which did seem to fix the problem with the History Sidebar not coming up.

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FredMcD
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Okay, you close and reopen Firefox, No problem. You shut down the computer, problem.

Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of.

You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software:

Microsoft Security Essentials is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista/XP if you don't already have one.

Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

Okay, you close and reopen Firefox, No problem. You shut down the computer, problem. Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of. You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software: * [http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/default.aspx Microsoft Safety Scanner] * [http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware] * [http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/disinfection/5350 Anti-Rootkit Utility - TDSSKiller] * [http://general-changelog-team.fr/en/downloads/viewdownload/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner AdwCleaner] (for more info, see this [http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/ alternate AdwCleaner download page]) * [http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro/ Hitman Pro] * [http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/ ESET Online Scanner] [http://windows.microsoft.com/MSE Microsoft Security Essentials] is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista/XP if you don't already have one. Further information can be found in the [[Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware]] article. Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!
FredMcD
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About history;

Press the Alt or F10 key to bring up the tool bar. Then select History. Hot key is <Control>(Mac:<Command>)<Shift> H. Does everything look okay?


Type about:preferences#privacy <Enter> in the address bar.

The button next to History, select Use Custom Settings.

Turn off Always use private browsing mode Turn on Remember my browsing and download history

At the bottom of the page, turn on Clear History When Firefox Closes. At the far right, press the Settings button. Turn on ONLY Cache and Form And Search History leaving the others off.

About history; Press the '''Alt''' or '''F10''' key to bring up the tool bar. Then select '''History'''. Hot key is '''<Control>''(Mac:<Command>)''<Shift> H.''' Does everything look okay? ------------- Type '''about:preferences#privacy''' <Enter> in the address bar. The button next to '''History,''' select '''Use Custom Settings'''. Turn off '''Always use private browsing mode''' Turn on '''Remember my browsing and download history''' At the bottom of the page, turn on '''Clear History When Firefox Closes.''' At the far right, press the '''Settings''' button. Turn on ONLY '''Cache''' and '''Form And Search History''' leaving the others off.

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I just finished with a full scan from the Microsoft Safety scanner and it didn't say there was anything wrong. I haven't reset the computer yet to see if anything has changed though after resetting to factory (see 2nd paragraph) it seems to have gone back to Yahoo (the search engine it kept changing back to).

I opened the History tab in the toolbar menu and everything seems fine there. I also had the Always use Private browsing mode off to begin with. After enabling Clear History When Firefox Closes option, I ended up having to reset to factory settings (the things it saves were saved so it's not much of an issue) which did seem to fix the problem with the History Sidebar not coming up.

I just finished with a full scan from the Microsoft Safety scanner and it didn't say there was anything wrong. I haven't reset the computer yet to see if anything has changed though after resetting to factory (see 2nd paragraph) it seems to have gone back to Yahoo (the search engine it kept changing back to). I opened the History tab in the toolbar menu and everything seems fine there. I also had the Always use Private browsing mode off to begin with. After enabling Clear History When Firefox Closes option, I ended up having to reset to factory settings (the things it saves were saved so it's not much of an issue) which did seem to fix the problem with the History Sidebar not coming up.
FredMcD
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Well, here's hoping.


https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles


These can't get your data back, but will help in the future.

These add-ons can be a great help by backing up and restoring Firefox

FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) {web link} FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions, history, passwords, and more. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your saved files individually into installable .xpi files. It will also make backup of files that you choose.

OPIE {web link} Import/Export extension preferences

Well, here's hoping. --------------- '''https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile''' '''https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles''' ---------------------- These can't get your data back, but will help in the future. These add-ons can be a great help by backing up and restoring Firefox '''[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/febe/ FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension)]''' {web link} FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions, history, passwords, and more. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your saved files individually into installable .xpi files. It will also make backup of files that you choose. '''[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/opie/ OPIE]''' {web link} Import/Export extension preferences
FredMcD
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Forgot to add; Please flag your last post as Solved Problem so other will know.

Forgot to add; Please flag your last post as '''Solved Problem''' so other will know.

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Alright, but I just restarted the computer and the issue with the search bar still persists.

Alright, but I just restarted the computer and the issue with the search bar still persists.
FredMcD
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'''https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-to-fix-preferences-wont-save'''