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Cannot restore "Search the web from the Address Bar" feature


I have just recovered my system from the Funmoods virus. In the process, I uninstalled all the Funmoods components and then cleaned my registry with Malwarebytes. However, I can no longer search the web from the address bar in Firefox. I followed the instructions in the Mozilla help section on this (here: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/search-web-address-bar). My config settings are:

    keyword.URL            default     string
    keyword.enabled     default     boolean     true

I believe these are the correct settings, but clearly either they are wrong or there are other settings I need to adjust. Can anyone steer me in the right direction on this?

Chosen solution

The only thing you would lose from a rest is your extensions, nothing else. However, try this: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/searchreset/

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Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator version:
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  • Shockwave Flash 11.4 r402
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision plugin for Mozilla browsers
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Streaming plugin for Mozilla browsers
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.9.2 for Mozilla browsers
  • Google Update
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Amazon MP3 Downloader Plugin 1.0.17
  • 5.1.10411.0


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:16.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/16.0

More Information

Here are my important modified preferences:
accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar 0
browser.cache.disk.capacity 1048576
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value 1048576
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion 4
browser.search.useDBForOrder true
browser.startup.homepage http://www.google.com
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID 20121024073032
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone 16.0.2
browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent false
browser.tabs.selectOwnerOnClose false
browser.tabs.warnOnClose false
browser.zoom.siteSpecificfalseextensions.lastAppVersion 16.0.2
font.internaluseonly.changed false
gfx.direct3d.prefer_10_1 true
network.cookie.prefsMigrated true
places.database.lastMaintenance 1353533860
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages 104858
privacy.donottrackheader.enabled true
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs true
security.warn_viewing_mixed false

Tyler Downer
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The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.

Further information can be found in the Reset Firefox – easily fix most problems article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

Question owner

Yes I am aware that I can restore Firefox to its default settings, but that's not what I want to do. Honestly at this point if I were going to lose all my history, settings, passwords, extensions and bookmarks I would probably just switch to Chrome. What I am looking for here is a fix to my problem. Sorry if that wasn't clear from my original question.

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Tyler Downer
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Chosen Solution

The only thing you would lose from a rest is your extensions, nothing else. However, try this: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/searchreset/

Helpful Reply

Yup, that did it. Thanks!