Just got the latest FF update and Adaware Secure Search showed up in my addons. There's no option to remove it.
Windows 10 Pro, Version 1903, OS Build 18362.418 FF 70.0 (64 bit) Let me preface this with saying I worked in IT for a long time. I'm stumped on this one. FF worked fine … (read more)
Windows 10 Pro, Version 1903, OS Build 18362.418 FF 70.0 (64 bit)
Let me preface this with saying I worked in IT for a long time. I'm stumped on this one.
FF worked fine on 10/22/19. Tried opening FF on 10/23/19 and it kept crashing. I started the task of finding out why.
Opened in Safe Mode and saw the latest FF update. Also discovered a new addon that I did not install: Adaware Secure Search. It wasn't there the last time I reviewed addons (which I do frequently, trying to find the best addon's for my usage) and I hadn't installed anything new recently. Disabled Adaware and FF started opening properly.
I don't want Adaware Secure Search however there is no Remove option in the dropdown. So, I started hunting online to try and remove it.
It is not in the Control Panel. It is not in the registry - I searched in every folder. Ran MalwareBytes and other tools - they don't see Adaware Secure Search anywhere. I followed the instructions that required the use of Troubleshooting and found Adaware is also not in my FF profile (that I can tell - the .xpi files are difficult to figure out since the majority are in number value). Tried refreshing FF and it showed up again. Un/re-installed FF and there it is again!...but this time i had the "joy" of having to redo my tabs, etc. It isn't on my other browsers either, just FF.
How do I get this removed? I don't want it to somehow become enabled in my system.