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Why does my homepage get set to "http://search.entru.com/?s=21982" when I enable more than two add-ons in Firefox 4?

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Whenever I enable more than two add-ons (not counting "AVG Safe Search") my homepage is automatically set to "http://search.entru.com/?s=21982". I am able to set it back to something else, but upon restarting firefox, it once again is set to "http://search.entru.com/?s=21982". I've tried clearing my cokkies/history/cahce/etc, re-installing firefox, various different homepages, and resetting my hompage to the firefox start page (default). Nothing other than disabling nearly all of my addons seems to resolve this.

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

I updated to Firefox 4

Installed Plug-ins

  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Shockwave Flash 10.2 r153
  • Windows Activation Technologies Plugin for Mozilla
  • 4.0.60531.0

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:2.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0.1

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
4.0.1
User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:2.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0.1
Profile Directory
Open Containing Folder
Enabled Plugins
about:plugins
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Extensions
Name
Version
Enabled
ID
Flashblock
1.5.14.2
false
{3d7eb24f-2740-49df-8937-200b1cc08f8a}
User Agent Switcher
0.7.3
false
{e968fc70-8f95-4ab9-9e79-304de2a71ee1}
Java Console
6.0.22
false
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0022-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
Java Console
6.0.23
false
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0023-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
Java Console
6.0.24
false
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0024-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
AVG Security Toolbar
6.103.018.001
false
avg@igeared
Youtube MP3 Podcaster
2.3.5
true
youtubemp3podcaster@jeremy.d.gregorio.com
AVG Safe Search
10.0.0.1374
true
{1E73965B-8B48-48be-9C8D-68B920ABC1C4}
BugMeNot
2.2
false
{987311C6-B504-4aa2-90BF-60CC49808D42}
Adblock Plus
1.3.8
true
{d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d}
Modified Preferences
Name
Value
accessibility.blockautorefresh
true
accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar
0
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
2
browser.startup.homepage
http://search.entru.com/?s=21982
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
20110413222027
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
rv:2.0.1
extensions.lastAppVersion
4.0.1
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
places.database.lastMaintenance
1308419637
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
31631
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
privacy.sanitize.timeSpan
0
Graphics
Adapter Description
NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT
Vendor ID
10de
Device ID
0641
Adapter RAM
1024
Adapter Drivers
nvd3dum nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver Version
8.17.12.6658
Driver Date
1-7-2011
Direct2D Enabled
true
DirectWrite Enabled
true (6.1.7601.17563, font cache n/a)
WebGL Renderer
Google Inc. -- ANGLE -- OpenGL ES 2.0 (ANGLE 0.0.0.611)
GPU Accelerated Windows
1/1 Direct3D 10

David McRitchie 321 solutions 3089 answers
  1. Try turning off JavaScript
  2. Fix your home page --
  3. Restart Firefox, see if it is fixed
  4. Turn on JavaScript if fixed
  5. Restart Firefox, check again
David McRitchie 321 solutions 3089 answers

Additional problems


suggestions relating to your "more system details" link on the right-most column to help reduce similar and other problems in the future:

Install "Adblock Plus" extension

  1. subscribe to EasyList US
  2. add the following two filters

||entru.com
||searchqu.com

Add the following to your Windows hosts file if you have one
127.0.0.1 www.searchqu.com
127.0.0.1 search.entru.com

Uninstall the following two extensions

There is nothing wrong with "AVG Free" antivirus software, but you want to reinstall AVG Free without the "Link Scanner Component" to eliminate "AVG Safe Search" which is a disaster. You'll probably have to check out the other extension on Grisoft's site yourself.

Your Flash is out of date -- http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ (lower than current 10.3.181.26), watch out for crapware but haven't seen any show up yet from that that link

Your Java is older than SE 6 U26 6.0.260.3

  1. Uninstall all Java using the Windows Control Panel Add/uninstall programs
  2. Install Java from http://www.java.com/downloads BUT watch out for crapware install of Yahoo Toolbar
    see picture http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/266/javainstall.png/
cor-el
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See also:


Do a malware check with some malware scanning programs.
You need to scan with all programs because each program detects different malware.
Make sure that you update each program to get the latest version of their databases before doing a scan.

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