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How do I remove a search bar from Firefox?

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A search engine bar was installed on my Firefox browser somehow. I do not want it. I have looked under plug-ins and extensions, but it is not listed there. I tried looking under control panel > uninstall program, but it's not listed there either. How can I remove this please?

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Your system details list shows a Bing Search extension , so you can uninstall that extension.

See also:

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance).

  • Do not click the Reset button on the Safe mode start window or otherwise make changes.

If you need to reset search related preferences then look at the SearchReset extension:

Note that the SearchReset extension only runs once and then uninstalls automatically, so it won't show on the "Firefox > Add-ons" page (about:addons).

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Thank you very much, but it's not the Bing Toolbar I want to remove. seems to be the search engine the bar leads to.

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The extension seems to hide under a name that starts with Default and you have the Default Tab extension, so remove that one.


Try to reset the prefs on the about:config page that refer to mysearchresults.

  • Open the about:config page via the location bar and do a search for mysearchresults via the Search bar at the top of the about:config page.
  • Reset all mysearchresults related prefs that appear bold (user set) via the right-click context menu to their default values.

If you do not keep changes after a restart then see: