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Why do i have random website opening on my browser in new tabs? and being bookmarked

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I had a random link open up to a site that i been to a long time ago on redit but somehow got bookmarked and opened on its own?

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David Tenser
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32 solutions 294 answers

Hi there,

Could it be that you made that link your home page setting in Firefox? You can control which site Firefox loads when launching by modifying this setting: How to set the home page

If that doesn't solve the problem, I will need more information from you, such as: when does this page appear in Firefox, is it when you load a new window, or is it randomly in the middle of surfing on some other website?

Please get back to us and we'll be able to sort this thing out for you.

Cheers, David

cor-el
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10762 solutions 96861 answers

You can check the home page setting.

Firefox supports multiple home pages separated by '|' symbols.

Try to use the SearchReset extension to reset some preferences to the default values.

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).

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

Waka_Flocka_Flame
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529 solutions 5045 answers

What is the link?

HylianPrincess 0 solutions 1 answers

I have the same problem, except mine opens a random website I had never been to before, it's one of those add websites, but it does randomly, I could click anywhere on the screen and it'll just pop up, it won't even let me log off Facebook