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I hate, hate, hate the new version of this firefox and the popups that are under my search bar are driving me crazy! How do I go back to what I had before?


The popups from firefox under my search bar are not a welcome addition. I can't get them to turn off going through the popup security feature.

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Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

I updated to the new version of firefox

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I really dislike this new version and if I can't get back to what I had before where I don't have to look at your popups under my tool bar I am changing.

Xircal 334 solutions 3835 answers

There are no popups on Firefox by default. I suspect you've installed something which has caused them, or have been hit by a so called drive-by malware download.

What I suggest you do initially is to download the free version of Malwarebytes from http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free and run a full system scan to eliminate malware as the culprit as is often the case.

Then come back to Firefox and install this Adblocker: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

If the problem persists, please post again in this thread.

Just noticed some plugins which are out of date and which expose your system to attack. See http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa11-02.html

Modified by Xircal

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So the box that is stating: "Be a web hero! Help someone you know upgrade to Firefox 4 today"! is not coming from you???

Xircal 334 solutions 3835 answers

Oh, this is indeed a stupid move by Mozilla! Here's the link: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/webhero/

I can't think what they're trying to achieve with a childish campaign like this one.

I think if you install this add-on, it will filter this junk out: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

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Are you referring to the "snippets" that appear on the default about:home homepage, below the Search container?

The easiest way of fixing that is to set your own choice of a homepage. Or change to the homepage that was used in previous versions of Firefox.

You can hide the box that shows the snippets with code in userChrome.css

Add code to userChrome.css below the @namespace line.

@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul"); /* only needed once */

/* hide snippet container on the about:home page */
#snippetContainer { display: none !important; }

You can use the ChromEdit Plus extension to have easier access to the customization files, from within Firefox.

   * ChromEdit Plus: http://webdesigns.ms11.net/chromeditp.html

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Xircal 334 solutions 3835 answers

Just change the home page to a regular google site.

  • Go to http://www.google.com.

  • Click the orange Firefox button and go to Options | Options | General
  • Make sure it says "Show My Homepage" in the first dropdown menu.

  • Click the button called "Use Current Pages" to set the homepage to the one you have on the screen.

Modified by Xircal