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Everytime I restart my computer, instead of having Google as my homepage it always switches to Startpage by Ixquick.

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Everytime I restart my computer, instead of having Google as my homepage it always switches to Startpage by Ixquick. Same thing goes with the search box on the right, no matter what setting I make it directs me to this Startpage. As well as when I highlight a word- right click- search google, it takes me yet again to this Startpage (in the new tab). I've scanned the computer, did the anti-malware thing, nothing. These things started to occur few days ago. I am using FF 19 (updated the latest version today, 08.03.2013). I hope I was detailed enough. Thank you for your answers !

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Question owner

I did manage to obtaion my prefs.js file. When I open it with notepad it says following: //@line 2 "e:\builds\moz2_slave\rel-m-rel-w32_bld-000000000000\build\browser\app\profile\channel-prefs.js" /* This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public

* License, v. 2.0. If a copy of the MPL was not distributed with this
* file, You can obtain one at http://mozilla.org/MPL/2.0/. */

pref("app.update.channel", "release");

Does it make any sense to you? As we speak, the anti malware sofftwares are doin' it's work...

Question owner

OK, here's how things are. All of 5 programs have finished their scanning and I have quarantined and deleted all subjects that were marked as potentially unwanted. I have restarted computer 2 times after that and now everything works the way it should be. I won't start the celebration now because we all know what has happened yesterday. Let's just wait for a day or two and see what happens. Of course, I will inform you about the process. Thank you !

ideato
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I won't start the celebration now because we all know what has happened yesterday. Let's just wait for a day or two and see what happens.

let's hope it is ok

Zushikikato 0 solutions 1 answers

This is happening to me as well. Like Right Now

I already restored my system to a later date but that dang StartPage page is still loading up every time I open up Firefox, Chrome and IE. I already searched for a way to remove or uninstall this from my system but no solution rid this problem from my pc. Right now the only solution that I can come up with is if I reformat my PC and start clean but, before I do that I will be waiting for a reply from you guys here in this thread to see if anyone comes up with a permanent solution.

Greetings from the Philippines!

Question owner

Hi, Zushikikato ! Yes, this problem is quite frustrating, unfortunately. As we speak, this is my second day without any FF 19 issues. My Google opens up perfectly as well as other personal preferences that I've set up. In your place I would definitely check out this link: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-caused-malware#w_how-do-i-get-rid-of-malware Here you have the list of 5 different anti malware softwares. They are very easy to install and use. Use all 5 of them and only that way you'll be certain that you got rid of all pests, trojans, etc. It worked for me, at least I'd like to think so. Because after this anti malware "treatment", everything was working perfectly. During the process you will have to do few computer restarts. Good luck, keep in touch !