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How to set the preference for url that shows in address window in a new tab?

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I can see that when I click on a + sign next to a tab to open a new tab, the new tab opens and it is primed with a "Conduit" search URL, and that search URL has taken the new tab page to the new Conduit search page. I suppose malware of some sort caused this. I can see that in my "preferences" somewhere, that the Conduit URL is set in browser.newtab.url. I see no odd programs in Control Panel, no unexpected extensions or plug-ins in Firefox, and Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware quick scans find nothing..

So how to I change it back to "blank" or whatever it used to be?

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Some other threads with the same problem:

I saw other threads and most of problems was solved starting firefox in safe mode:

or remove addons or toolbars:

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You can also check in "Windows Control Panel > Programs" for recently installed programs (sort by "Installed on") to see if anything from Conduit or any other suspicious software shows up.

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Open a new window or tab. In the address bar, type about:config. If a warning screen comes up, press the Be Careful button. This is where Firefox finds information it needs to run. At the top of the screen is a search bar. Enter browser.newtab.url and press enter. browser.newtab.url tells Firefox what to show when a new tab is opened. If you want, right click and select Modify. You can change the setting to;

about:home (Firefox default home page),
about:newtab (shows the sites most visited),
about:blank (a blank page),
or you can enter any web page you want.

The same instructions are used for the new window setting, listed as browser.startup.homepage.

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FredMcD, I had already reset my Firefox which fixed my problem, but your reply was spot-on. I set the newtab value to about:blank, but the actual value that appears now in the address bar of the (blank) new page is "Search or enter address". Another user told me to check for possibly suspicious programs that had been recently installed - but I found nothing. And nothing that mentioned Conduit So I think all is well at this point. Thanks for your help.

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Good to here. Happy Computing.