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Firefox won't let me change my homepage from the default

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I have recently formatted my computer (doing a full system wipe, not just a settings wipe) and now Firefox isn't behaving. If I change my Firefox homepage to another homepage (IE Google) it will save it until I close out all my Firefox windows, then it goes back to the default homepage. I have tried doing a full Firefox uninstall, and deleting my profile and it's not working. I set the files to 'read only' and changed my homepage, and it still went back to the default. I have even deleted the prefs to no avail. I'm positive it's not malware as I have just formatted my computer (It was doing the same thing for a while last time I formatted as well but it somehow fixed itself) I do have Adblock and Status-4-ever installed, but those have been in my PC since before I formatted last time and have never caused a problem. They're also on my other computer, and it works fine as well. Any ideas on what I can do to fix this?

PS. Sorry if I'm in the wrong area. I'm a little bubblebrained today. =P

Chosen solution

You are in the right area, this is the support forum.

You should not make the profile read only, that will cause problems, for instance you will not be able to change settings or add bookmarks.

Before you go any further try to make a copy of the current profile including the sub folders and files, and any accessible previous profile. (For instance are you using a disk image of the hdd prior to it being wiped, does that have the old profile on it) this suggestion is made because some of that information is likely to be useful, but is being put at risk of being deleted or overwritten.

Have a look at

A potential problem is that you may have tried to restore from a Windows backup, they do not always work, and may need another clean re-install, but note do NOT delete the profile it is the program files that may need deleting.

Try the following in this order, testing after each stage

  1. return the profile settings to their standard privileges
  2. use firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode
    no need to make changes in the options dialogue window, just click on continue
  3. try a new profile
  4. back up your profiles (see above) then try a clean reinstall http://kb.mozillazine.org/Standard_diagnostic_-_Firefox#Clean_reinstall
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Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

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  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.5.0"
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_25 for Mozilla browsers
  • Shockwave Flash 10.2 r159
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.5.9.620
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Netscape Network Object

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:10.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/10.0.2

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
10.0.2
User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:10.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/10.0.2
Profile Directory
Open Containing Folder
Enabled Plugins
about:plugins
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Crash Reports
about:crashes
Memory Use
about:memory
Extensions
Name
Version
Enabled
ID
Adblock Plus
2.0.3
true
{d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d}
Java Quick Starter
1.0
true
jqs@sun.com
Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant
0.0.0
true
{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}
Status-4-Evar
2012.01.14.17
true
status4evar@caligonstudios.com
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Value
accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar
0
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
2
browser.startup.homepage
http://getstarted.k12.com
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
20120215223356
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
rv:10.0.2
extensions.lastAppVersion
10.0.2
gfx.blacklist.direct2d
2
gfx.blacklist.layers.direct3d10
2
gfx.blacklist.layers.direct3d10-1
2
gfx.blacklist.layers.direct3d9
2
gfx.blacklist.layers.opengl
2
gfx.blacklist.suggested-driver-version
10.6
gfx.blacklist.webgl.angle
2
gfx.blacklist.webgl.msaa
2
gfx.blacklist.webgl.opengl
2
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
places.database.lastMaintenance
1331243067
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
50287
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false
Graphics
Adapter Description
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 Series
Vendor ID
1002
Device ID
5974
Adapter RAM
Unknown
Adapter Drivers
ati2dvag
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8.533.0.0
Driver Date
9-17-2008
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1002
Device ID (GPU #2)
5874
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Unknown
Adapter Drivers (GPU #2)
Unknown
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8.533.0.0
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9-17-2008
WebGL Renderer
Blocked for your graphics driver version. Try updating your graphics driver to version 10.6 or newer.
GPU Accelerated Windows
0/1. Blocked for your graphics driver version. Try updating your graphics driver to version 10.6 or newer.

John99
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Chosen Solution

You are in the right area, this is the support forum.

You should not make the profile read only, that will cause problems, for instance you will not be able to change settings or add bookmarks.

Before you go any further try to make a copy of the current profile including the sub folders and files, and any accessible previous profile. (For instance are you using a disk image of the hdd prior to it being wiped, does that have the old profile on it) this suggestion is made because some of that information is likely to be useful, but is being put at risk of being deleted or overwritten.

Have a look at

A potential problem is that you may have tried to restore from a Windows backup, they do not always work, and may need another clean re-install, but note do NOT delete the profile it is the program files that may need deleting.

Try the following in this order, testing after each stage

  1. return the profile settings to their standard privileges
  2. use firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode
    no need to make changes in the options dialogue window, just click on continue
  3. try a new profile
  4. back up your profiles (see above) then try a clean reinstall http://kb.mozillazine.org/Standard_diagnostic_-_Firefox#Clean_reinstall
cor-el
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Which security software (firewall, anti-virus) do you have?

Some security software has virtualization features that can cause problems by protecting and restoring files in the Firefox profile folder.


Question owner

I use Avast anti-virus. As for a firewall I'm not exactly sure. Our router or something has a built in firewall so each computer doesn't need one. Those have also been the same since the dawn of time.

I'll try the other things and get back to you all. :)

John99
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Remember security software/hardware may need updating with what is the latest version of Firefox; and what the default browser should be. Settings will not remain the same since the dawn of time (or if they do you could expect problems).

Question owner

I got it fixed! Thank you, John99! I had to edit my user.js file myself. That seemed to do the trick. :) Hopefully Firefox will behave now. Thank you to everyone else for all your awesome answers as well. :)

cor-el
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The user.js file is read every time Firefox is started and prefs set in user.js will override settings from the previous session saved in prefs.js.

Prefs that are set via user.js can't be changed permanently and changes made in Firefox to such prefs only last for the current session.