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Bearshare keeps hijacking my home page. It changes my preferences even after I have set them back to "default."

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That's it.

That's it.

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This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

I first installed Firefox 4.0 beta 8

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Bearshare itself removed. Followed suggestion of one forum member to find reference to Bearshare in preferences and revert to default. Have run malware and spybot programs to no avail.

cor-el
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Chosen Solution

See: * http://www.ehow.com/how_6609141_remove-bearshare-spyware.html See also these forum threads about BearShare: * [/questions/762144] * [/questions/700250]

Question owner

Thank you, cor-el! My 14-year-old originally installed Bearshare. I managed to fix it soon after posting my question, in part using the method you referred to. I had already deleted the Bearshare program; then I deleted the Mediabar; went back to "about:config" in Firefox 4.0, returned the "bearshare" preferences to their default value, reset the homepage. . . .and voila! Meaning I didn't have to edit the registry.

But people have been complaining about this program for years. . . how can they go on?

Thank you, cor-el! My 14-year-old originally installed Bearshare. I managed to fix it soon after posting my question, in part using the method you referred to. I had already deleted the Bearshare program; then I deleted the Mediabar; went back to "about:config" in Firefox 4.0, returned the "bearshare" preferences to their default value, reset the homepage. . . .and voila! Meaning I didn't have to edit the registry. But people have been complaining about this program for years. . . how can they go on?
leevenhau 0 solutions 2 answers

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Go to Add-ons ---> Extensions Find an extension named MediaLab, uninstall it.

Go to Add-ons ---> Extensions Find an extension named MediaLab, uninstall it.
jacquerussell 0 solutions 1 answers

Had the same problem and searched around tried all the remedies until I came across this one...which works! http://www.fanhow.com/answers/question-77222-how-to-delete-bearshare-search-from-firefox

Had the same problem and searched around tried all the remedies until I came across this one...which works! http://www.fanhow.com/answers/question-77222-how-to-delete-bearshare-search-from-firefox

Modified by jacquerussell