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How do i remove bing from the keyword search. i tried everything on the forum i changed keyword.url and it still shows up. please advise

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I have tried changing Keyword.url in about:config but the big search engine still shows up when i use keyword. keyword.url does have the correct link but bing still shows up. please advise

== june 9th 2010

I have tried changing Keyword.url in about:config but the big search engine still shows up when i use keyword. keyword.url does have the correct link but bing still shows up. please advise == june 9th 2010

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cor-el
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Start Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode to check if one of your add-ons is causing your problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Tools > Add-ons > Themes). See Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems and Troubleshoot issues with plugins like Flash or Java to fix common Firefox problems

If it does work in Safe-mode then disable all your extensions and then try to find which is causing it by enabling one at a time until the problem reappears. You can use "Disable all add-ons" on the Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode start window to disable all extensions. You have to close and restart Firefox after each change via "File > Exit" (on Mac: "Firefox > Quit")

You can also try "Reset all user preferences to Firefox defaults" on the Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode start window - See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Resetting_preferences

Start Firefox in [[Safe Mode]] to check if one of your add-ons is causing your problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Tools > Add-ons > Themes). See [[Troubleshooting extensions and themes]] and [[Troubleshooting plugins]] If it does work in Safe-mode then disable all your extensions and then try to find which is causing it by enabling one at a time until the problem reappears. You can use "Disable all add-ons" on the [[Safe mode]] start window to disable all extensions. You have to close and restart Firefox after each change via "File > Exit" (on Mac: "Firefox > Quit") You can also try "Reset all user preferences to Firefox defaults" on the [[Safe mode]] start window - See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Resetting_preferences
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Did the problem with the Bing search start after the 06-08-2010 Windows/Microsoft update?

Do you have a Microsoft offered toolbar installed (i.e., Windows Live Toolbar, Bing Toolbar, etc.)? Do you have one of those installed in IE but not in Firefox?

~~blue:Microsoft pulled another sneaky, un-annouced addition to Firefox~~ similar to the .NET Framework added to Firefox some time ago. If you have a Microsoft offered toolbar in IE ~~red:but not previously installed~~ in Firefox, an update in the June 2010 Windows/Microsoft Updates ~~blue:added it to Firefox!!!~~ Read the following ~~red:very~~ carefully, ~~red:all the way to the end of the article~~:

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/06/microsoft-slips-ie-firefox-add-on-into-toolbar-update.ars

Also see: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1918559

Did the problem with the Bing search start after the 06-08-2010 Windows/Microsoft update? Do you have a Microsoft offered toolbar installed (i.e., Windows Live Toolbar, Bing Toolbar, etc.)? Do you have one of those installed in IE but not in Firefox? ~~blue:'''Microsoft pulled another sneaky, un-annouced addition to Firefox'''~~ similar to the .NET Framework added to Firefox some time ago. If you have a Microsoft offered <u>'''toolbar in IE'''</u> ~~red:<u>'''but not previously installed'''</u>~~ <u>'''in Firefox'''</u>, an update in the June 2010 Windows/Microsoft Updates ~~blue:<u>'''added it to Firefox!!!'''</u>~~ Read the following ~~red:<u>'''very'''</u>~~ carefully, ~~red:<u>'''all the way to the end of the article'''</u>~~: http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/06/microsoft-slips-ie-firefox-add-on-into-toolbar-update.ars Also see: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1918559
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TXGuy, That MozillaZine forum link no longer works. I found the thread here: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1920563

There's now a KB article on the issue, in case it helps: Removing the Search Helper Extension and Bing Bar

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'''TXGuy,''' That MozillaZine forum link no longer works. I found the thread here: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1920563 There's now a KB article on the issue, in case it helps: [[Removing the Search Helper Extension and Bing Bar]] ([https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/forum/5/694382 Ref.])

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I have the same problem as the op, and it's something different than the "Bing Bar". My url search only goes to Bing if I search one word, if I search two words it will go to the right place. In addition, there is no Bing bar, search enhancer, whatever, in my add-ons or program files anywhere.

I have the same problem as the op, and it's something different than the "Bing Bar". My url search only goes to Bing if I search one word, if I search two words it will go to the right place. In addition, there is no Bing bar, search enhancer, whatever, in my add-ons or program files anywhere.

Question owner

I am with Firefox 3.6.3, Windows 7 64-bit. From yesterday, Firefox stopped using the "Google I'm feeling lucky" search engine when a keyword was entered in the address bar. I tried all the tweaks described on the internet, but in my case no add-ons, no Live Toolbars, no KB update.

The only way that got me out of Bing, was to disable Windows Search in ControlPanel/Turn Windows Features on and Off/Windows Search...

This is just a temporary resolution of the problem, as for now, I can't use the Windows Search option anymore :(

Microsoft sucks!

I am with Firefox 3.6.3, Windows 7 64-bit. From yesterday, Firefox stopped using the "Google I'm feeling lucky" search engine when a keyword was entered in the address bar. I tried all the tweaks described on the internet, but in my case no add-ons, no Live Toolbars, no KB update. The only way that got me out of Bing, was to <u>disable Windows Search</u> in ControlPanel/Turn Windows Features on and Off/Windows Search... This is just a temporary resolution of the problem, as for now, I can't use the Windows Search option anymore :( Microsoft sucks!
AliceWyman
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To Nick and celinibellini,

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/06/microsoft-slips-ie-firefox-add-on-into-toolbar-update.ars describes Microsoft's KB 982217 update and the "Search Helper Extension" it adds to Firefox, including screenshots. The title of Microsoft's KB 982217article is: An update is available that improves the homepage category functionality for Windows Live Toolbar, for MSN Toolbar, and for Bing Bar. As far as I can figure, even if you didn't have any of those toolbars in Firefox, you just needed to have one of them installed on your system to get the update. If you have Automatic Updates enabled, you may not have realized that this update was installed.

I found this Microsoft forum topic that discusses the issue: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en/vistawu/thread/2bd424e2-c972-4668-81cc-4fd96624cc5a Update installed unwanted/broken Firefox extension?

celinibellini, If you had to disable Windows Search to correct a problem with using keyword searches in Firefox, you might want to visit Microsoft's forum and ask a question there.

P.S. Anyone else having problems with keyword searches: Try resetting the keyword. URL preference using about:config - see http://kb.mozillazine.org/Keyword.url for details. (Or try resetting all preferences.)

'''To Nick and celinibellini,''' http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/06/microsoft-slips-ie-firefox-add-on-into-toolbar-update.ars describes Microsoft's [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982217 KB 982217] update and the "Search Helper Extension" it adds to Firefox, including screenshots. The title of Microsoft's KB 982217article is: [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982217 An update is available that improves the homepage category functionality for Windows Live Toolbar, for MSN Toolbar, and for Bing Bar]. As far as I can figure, even if you didn't have any of those toolbars in Firefox, you just needed to have one of them installed on your system to get the update. If you have Automatic Updates enabled, you may not have realized that this update was installed. I found this Microsoft forum topic that discusses the issue: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en/vistawu/thread/2bd424e2-c972-4668-81cc-4fd96624cc5a Update installed unwanted/broken Firefox extension? '''celinibellini,''' If you had to disable Windows Search to correct a problem with using keyword searches in Firefox, you might want to visit Microsoft's forum and ask a question there. '''P.S. ''' <u>Anyone else having problems with keyword searches:</u> Try resetting the '''keyword. URL ''' preference using [http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config about:config] - see http://kb.mozillazine.org/Keyword.url for details. (Or try [[Resetting preferences|resetting all preferences]].)

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Thanks Alice,

I spent quite a time browsing the internet, and I indeed found mention of the KB 982217, which is NOT on my system and of the thread you're mentioning on the Microsoft forum.

I will probably follow your advise and go to the Microsoft's forums.

Thanks Alice, I spent quite a time browsing the internet, and I indeed found mention of the KB 982217, which is NOT on my system and of the thread you're mentioning on the Microsoft forum. I will probably follow your advise and go to the Microsoft's forums.

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In my case keybword.url is and has always been set on Google...

In my case keybword.url is and has always been set on Google...
cor-el
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Did you look at the MozillaZine forum thread? http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1920563

Did you look at the MozillaZine forum thread? http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1920563

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yes I did, but the folder was empty and after deleting it and restarting nothing changed...

yes I did, but the folder was empty and after deleting it and restarting nothing changed...

Question owner

Problem solved for me... I dont know how though! I re-able Windows Search and everything is back to normal... no more coming up un-invited! Thanks all!

Problem solved for me... I dont know how though! I re-able Windows Search and everything is back to normal... no more coming up un-invited! Thanks all!
cor-el
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Can you post your extensions as show on the Help > Troubleshooting Information page?

See also Use the Troubleshooting Information page to help fix Firefox issues

Can you post your extensions as show on the Help > Troubleshooting Information page? See also [[Using the Troubleshooting Information page]]

Question owner

Here it is (but Bing does not make anymore trouble)


 Application Basics
       Name
       Firefox
       Version
       3.6.3
       Profile Directory
         Open Containing Folder
       Installed Plugins
         about:plugins
       Build Configuration
         about:buildconfig
 Extensions
       Name
       Version
       Enabled
       ID
       Java Console
       6.0.20
       true
        
       Dictionnaire français «Classique & Réforme 1990»
       3.7
       true
       fr-classique-reforme1990@dictionaries.addons.mozilla.org
       Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant
       0.0.0
       true
       {20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}
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     Name
     Value
       browser.history_expire_days.mirror
       180
       browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
       2
       browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
       rv:1.9.2.3
       browser.tabs.loadInBackground
       false
       dom.max_script_run_time
       1800
       network.cookie.prefsMigrated
       true
       places.last_vacuum
       1276428569
       privacy.cpd.sessions
       false
       privacy.cpd.siteSettings
       true
       privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
       true
       security.warn_viewing_mixed
       false
Here it is (but Bing does not make anymore trouble) Application Basics Name Firefox Version 3.6.3 Profile Directory Open Containing Folder Installed Plugins about:plugins Build Configuration about:buildconfig Extensions Name Version Enabled ID Java Console 6.0.20 true Dictionnaire français «Classique &amp; Réforme 1990» 3.7 true fr-classique-reforme1990@dictionaries.addons.mozilla.org Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 0.0.0 true {20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b} Modified Preferences Name Value browser.history_expire_days.mirror 180 browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion 2 browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone rv:1.9.2.3 browser.tabs.loadInBackground false dom.max_script_run_time 1800 network.cookie.prefsMigrated true places.last_vacuum 1276428569 privacy.cpd.sessions false privacy.cpd.siteSettings true privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs true security.warn_viewing_mixed false

Question owner

Thank you very much celinibellini!!

After half an hour looking for an answer to this problem in different places and checking all the solutions mentioned in this thread previously with no success, your "solution" involving Windows Search setting in Control Panel has been the only one to work.

Windows 7 here, with no windows updates, Google in keyword.url, no M$ search bars, no search extension... nothing, except Silverlight plugin (which is the only thing I can presume to be the responsible of this hijacking)

Bing popped up only when 1 word searches were made in the location bar.

Troubleshooting page (catalan) :


 Paràmetres bàsics de l'aplicació
       Nom
       Firefox
       Versió
       3.6.3
       Directori dels perfils
         Obre'l en la carpeta que el conté
       Connectors instal·lats
         about:plugins
       Configuració de la versió
         about:buildconfig
 Extensions
       Nom
       Versió
       Habilitada
       ID
       Adblock Plus
       1.1.3
       true
        
       ChatZilla
       0.9.86
       true
       {59c81df5-4b7a-477b-912d-4e0fdf64e5f2}
       Download Statusbar
       0.9.6.7
       true
        
       DownloadHelper
       4.7
       true
        
       CacheViewer
       0.6.3
       true
       {71328583-3CA7-4809-B4BA-570A85818FBB}
       FireFTP
       1.0.7
       true
        
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     Valor
       accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar
       0
       browser.history_expire_days.mirror
       180
       browser.places.importBookmarksHTML
       false
       browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
       2
       browser.startup.homepage
       http://bash.org/?random
       browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
       rv:1.9.2.3
       extensions.lastAppVersion
       3.6.3
       network.cookie.prefsMigrated
       true
       places.last_vacuum
       1274046942
       print.print_printer
       PDFCreator
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_bgcolor
       false
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_bgimages
       false
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_command
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_downloadfonts
       false
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_edge_bottom
       0
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_edge_left
       0
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_edge_right
       0
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_edge_top
       0
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_evenpages
       true
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_footercenter
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_footerleft
       &PT
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_footerright
       &D
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_headercenter
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_headerleft
       &T
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_headerright
       &U
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_in_color
       true
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_margin_bottom
       0.5
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_margin_left
       0.5
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_margin_right
       0.5
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_margin_top
       0.5
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_oddpages
       true
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_orientation
       0
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_pagedelay
       500
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_paper_data
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       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_paper_height
       11,00
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_paper_size_type
       0
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_paper_size_unit
       1
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_paper_width
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       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_scaling
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       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_shrink_to_fit
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       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_to_file
       false
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       0
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       0
       print.printer_PDFCreator.print_unwriteable_margin_top
       0
       privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
       true
       security.warn_viewing_mixed
       false
Thank you very much celinibellini!! After half an hour looking for an answer to this problem in different places and checking all the solutions mentioned in this thread previously with no success, your "solution" involving Windows Search setting in Control Panel has been the only one to work. Windows 7 here, with no windows updates, Google in keyword.url, no M$ search bars, no search extension... nothing, except Silverlight plugin (which is the only thing I can presume to be the responsible of this hijacking) Bing popped up only when 1 word searches were made in the location bar. Troubleshooting page (catalan) : Paràmetres bàsics de l'aplicació Nom Firefox Versió 3.6.3 Directori dels perfils Obre'l en la carpeta que el conté Connectors instal·lats about:plugins Configuració de la versió about:buildconfig Extensions Nom Versió Habilitada ID Adblock Plus 1.1.3 true ChatZilla 0.9.86 true {59c81df5-4b7a-477b-912d-4e0fdf64e5f2} Download Statusbar 0.9.6.7 true DownloadHelper 4.7 true CacheViewer 0.6.3 true {71328583-3CA7-4809-B4BA-570A85818FBB} FireFTP 1.0.7 true Preferències modificades Nom Valor accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar 0 browser.history_expire_days.mirror 180 browser.places.importBookmarksHTML false browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion 2 browser.startup.homepage http://bash.org/?random browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone rv:1.9.2.3 extensions.lastAppVersion 3.6.3 network.cookie.prefsMigrated true places.last_vacuum 1274046942 print.print_printer PDFCreator print.printer_PDFCreator.print_bgcolor false print.printer_PDFCreator.print_bgimages false print.printer_PDFCreator.print_command print.printer_PDFCreator.print_downloadfonts false print.printer_PDFCreator.print_edge_bottom 0 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_edge_left 0 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_edge_right 0 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_edge_top 0 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_evenpages true print.printer_PDFCreator.print_footercenter print.printer_PDFCreator.print_footerleft &PT print.printer_PDFCreator.print_footerright &D print.printer_PDFCreator.print_headercenter print.printer_PDFCreator.print_headerleft &T print.printer_PDFCreator.print_headerright &U print.printer_PDFCreator.print_in_color true print.printer_PDFCreator.print_margin_bottom 0.5 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_margin_left 0.5 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_margin_right 0.5 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_margin_top 0.5 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_oddpages true print.printer_PDFCreator.print_orientation 0 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_pagedelay 500 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_paper_data 9 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_paper_height 11,00 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_paper_size_type 0 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_paper_size_unit 1 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_paper_width 8,50 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_reversed false print.printer_PDFCreator.print_scaling 1,00 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_shrink_to_fit true print.printer_PDFCreator.print_to_file false print.printer_PDFCreator.print_unwriteable_margin_bottom 0 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_unwriteable_margin_left 0 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_unwriteable_margin_right 0 print.printer_PDFCreator.print_unwriteable_margin_top 0 privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs true security.warn_viewing_mixed false
AliceWyman
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I found these related topics, which may help:

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1921265 Firefox URL bar now using Bing?

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1924145 Bing became my url search engine?!

http://support.mozilla.com/forum/1/694752 Single word address bar searches resolve with bing search results, not google

http://support.mozilla.com/forum/1/693508 Firefox Address Bar Goes to Bing

I found these related topics, which may help: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1921265 ''Firefox URL bar now using Bing?'' http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1924145 ''Bing became my url search engine?!'' http://support.mozilla.com/forum/1/694752 ''Single word address bar searches resolve with bing search results, not google'' http://support.mozilla.com/forum/1/693508 ''Firefox Address Bar Goes to Bing''

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I fixed this by editing the registry. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TCPIP\Parameters and empty the "mshome.net" value from the ICSDomain key, then disable and re-enable your adapter. I hope that helps. I searched for other instances of "mshome.net" and "ICSDomain" in the registry and didn't find any so that should do the trick.

I fixed this by editing the registry. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TCPIP\Parameters and empty the "mshome.net" value from the ICSDomain key, then disable and re-enable your adapter. I hope that helps. I searched for other instances of "mshome.net" and "ICSDomain" in the registry and didn't find any so that should do the trick.

Question owner

this doesn't solve the problem, i've edited the registry and removed the seaport.exe file (which causes another update not to run - supposedly the one that is supposed to fix it) and still after two days that everything was ok, for some strange reason, it came back today. help me please!!! i'm going crazy with this freaking bing search!!!

this doesn't solve the problem, i've edited the registry and removed the seaport.exe file (which causes another update not to run - supposedly the one that is supposed to fix it) and still after two days that everything was ok, for some strange reason, it came back today. help me please!!! i'm going crazy with this freaking bing search!!!

Question owner

this is the solution that finally worked for me:


Uninstalling KB982381 solved it for me. I have no idea what it does except hijacking the search: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-035.mspx

Let's hope MS will release a proper update next time


it's from these forums, only another thread. credits to anonymous for his contribution.

this is the solution that finally worked for me: Uninstalling KB982381 solved it for me. I have no idea what it does except hijacking the search: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-035.mspx Let's hope MS will release a proper update next time it's from these forums, only another thread. credits to anonymous for his contribution.

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I've removed that update yesterday and it worked. But as of now freaking Bing is back.

I've removed that update yesterday and it worked. But as of now freaking Bing is back.
cor-el
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Do you have any toolbars from Microsoft?

Do you have any toolbars from Microsoft?