In the past I have used http://www.google.co.nz as my home page. Once firefox has opened but I want to go to a different site I just edit the start line and change it to whatever I need eg www.fred.co.nz. Now my home page opens to https://www.google.co.nz - when edited it changes to https://www.fred.co.nz which doesn't exist. I could edit out the "s" as well but like everything that is changing on the internet it always seems to require extra keystrokes or mouse clicks and I am getting annoyed with it. Why can't I still have http://www etc as my home page. In other words how do I STOP https: being inserted into my home page as the default ? Quite happy in Options to have the choice to make either available and who knows maybe in the future I might want to change to encrypted (but I doubt it).
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This can be caused by having autofill in the location bar enabled and if you have visited pages on that website via a secure https connection in the past. You can set the Boolean pref browser.urlbar.autoFill to false on the about:config page to disalbe auto-fill.
You can remove all data stored in Firefox from a specific domain via "Forget About This Site" in the right-click context menu of an history entry ("History > Show All History" or "View > Sidebar > History") or via the about:permissions page.
Using "Forget About This Site" will remove all data stored in Firefox from that domain like bookmarks, cookies, passwords, cache, history, and exceptions, so be cautious and if you have a password or other data from that domain that you do not want to lose then make a note of those passwords and bookmarks.
You can't recover from this 'forget' unless you have a backup of the affected files.
It doesn't have any lasting effect, so if you revisit such a 'forgotten' website then data from that website will be saved once again.
Clearing history solved it for me. I turned urlbar.autofill to false but it still overwrote my home page.