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How can I remove that crummy search engine "ASK" its a waste of space


The space on the toolbar occupied by Ask would be better given to Google. I can go to the panel area, but there isn't the possibility (or so I think) to remove Ask. I've just seen the list of plugins (!) and would like to lessen them, could they be the cause?

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About version 4 I first notived it.

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Ask searches ostensibly for what is requested, bu the majority of the answer has its own agenda, includes stuff that isn't connected to the original intention

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The ask search engine is not even included in the Firefox Defaults. Google is one of the options for the default search bar, and by default is the option that will be used.

If you have the ASK search engine as an option, or as a toolbar then something has been changed, in all probability you have additional software installed probably some sort of plugin that is making these changes. If it is a simple plugin or add-on it should just uninstall from the add-on manager accessible from the firefox button.

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Thank you John99. The Ask cropped up about 15 months ago, and I shall look at the plugins as you suggest. There are a great deal of re directions being blocked , this also may be a related factor. Thank you for your help, Geoff