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Remove Google permanently. Keeps coming back as default.

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I switch my default search to Duck duck go, remove all others and when I restart Firefox; Google is back and set as my default search engine. If I wanted anything to do with Google I'd use Chrome.

I switch my default search to Duck duck go, remove all others and when I restart Firefox; Google is back and set as my default search engine. If I wanted anything to do with Google I'd use Chrome.

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FredMcD
  • Top 10 Contributor
4259 solutions 59642 answers

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 “ Google “ Anything.

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

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 “ Google “ '''Anything. ''' Also remove SafeSearch, SearchAssist Incognito, FileConverter Addon, SearchLock, DiscreteSearch, WebSearch, Findwide Search Engine 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.

Question owner

No Google extensions.

No Google extensions.
WestEnd 60 solutions 5387 answers

It sounds like the site your using isn't the problem but the settings sounds like it is messed up in firefox. Did you look there at your "Options" to see what is set at.

It sounds like the site your using isn't the problem but the settings sounds like it is messed up in firefox. Did you look there at your "Options" to see what is set at.
jscher2000
  • Top 10 Contributor
8773 solutions 71729 answers

Hi kulajon, instead of removing other search engine plugins, try just "un-checking" them so they don't appear on the one-click search engines list. Any difference?

Your search engine preferences are saved in a file named search.json.mozlz4 in your currently active profile folder (Profiles - Where Firefox stores your bookmarks, passwords and other user data).

Are those the only settings you lose between Firefox sessions?

Hi kulajon, instead of removing other search engine plugins, try just "un-checking" them so they don't appear on the one-click search engines list. Any difference? Your search engine preferences are saved in a file named '''search.json.mozlz4''' in your currently active profile folder ([[Profiles - Where Firefox stores your bookmarks, passwords and other user data]]). Are those the only settings you lose between Firefox sessions?