In the upper-right corner of the Firefox browser is a search box. This search box allows you to search using your choice of search engine (Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, etc)… (read more)
In the upper-right corner of the Firefox browser is a search box. This search box allows you to search using your choice of search engine (Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, etc). This feature allows you to highlight text, right-click on it, and choose to search the web for the highlighted text using the search engine that the user prefers.
I always set the search engine to Google. That's what I want it set on. The problem is that every 5th time or so that I use the feature, Ask.com overrides my preference and establishes itself as the search engine of choice. I can (and do) manually switch it back to Google, but it is extremely frustrating to have to do so.
1) I have clicked on the drop-down menu for the search box, clicked "manage search engines," and then manually removed ask.com from the choices (many times). This does NOT work. Even though ask.com is no longer listed when I remove it (and for a number of hours afterward), ask.com nonetheless soon reappears on the list and goes back to overriding my Google preference.
2) I have gone into the control panel and manually deleted everything with ask.com in its description
3) I have done file searches and deleted all files/folders/etc that have ask.com in them
Unfortunately, none of this works. It's as if there's a hidden virus program that reinstalls ask.com back into my list of search engines and makes it the default search engine for the search box.
Please help. Here's what I want to know:
1) How do I stop Ask from doing this????
2) Isn't this illegal? Shouldn't Ask be shut down for this? (I assume Ask is responsible, since they're the ones profiting from it.)