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Firefox is my default browser but win10 search still results in MSExplorer opening with Bing results.

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I don't like MSExplorer or Bing. I've set Firefox Quantum 66.0.2 (64bit) as my default browser with search results from Google.

When I type a search in the 'Type here to search' window, MS Explorer opens with a Bing search result.

How do I get the thing to stop opening Explorer and simply open FF?

And again, Firefox is absolutely set as my default (menu/options/'smiley' Firefox is currently your default browser)

I don't like MSExplorer or Bing. I've set Firefox Quantum 66.0.2 (64bit) as my default browser with search results from Google. When I type a search in the 'Type here to search' window, MS Explorer opens with a Bing search result. How do I get the thing to stop opening Explorer and simply open FF? And again, Firefox is absolutely set as my default (menu/options/'smiley' Firefox is currently your default browser)

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What is your homepage and what are you search settings like in the browser settings?

What is your homepage and what are you search settings like in the browser settings?
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The installed Win10 uses the default Microsoft Edge (I mistakenly called it MSExplorer because it's the same thing to me). The homepage is the MS Edge homepage whatever that default is.

I'm not sure why it matters what my homepage is, since the homepage doesn't have any effect on which browser opens on a search from the Win10 search block, and both browsers have a different page.

If I open a link in Outlook mail (or any other app) the link opens FireFox, so clearly the system recognizes FF as my default browser. It's only when I use the Win10 search block (next to the Windows button on bottom/left screen) that the system opens MSEdge and Bing. I could change the default search engine in Edge to Google, but that doesn't explain why Edge continues to open when I've selected FF as default.

FireFox Homepage is https://login.live.com/

This is from my options/search: Choose the default search engine to use in the address bar and search bar.: Google

One-Click Search EnginesChoose the alternative search engines that appear below the address bar and search bar when you start to enter a keyword. Google is the only engine checked


MS Edge homepage is the MS Edge Edge search option is: Search in the address block with Bing


thanks for any advice

The installed Win10 uses the default Microsoft Edge (I mistakenly called it MSExplorer because it's the same thing to me). The homepage is the MS Edge homepage whatever that default is. I'm not sure why it matters what my homepage is, since the homepage doesn't have any effect on which browser opens on a search from the Win10 search block, and both browsers have a different page. If I open a link in Outlook mail (or any other app) the link opens FireFox, so clearly the system recognizes FF as my default browser. It's only when I use the Win10 search block (next to the Windows button on bottom/left screen) that the system opens MSEdge and Bing. I could change the default search engine in Edge to Google, but that doesn't explain why Edge continues to open when I've selected FF as default. FireFox Homepage is https://login.live.com/ This is from my options/search: Choose the default search engine to use in the address bar and search bar.: Google One-Click Search EnginesChoose the alternative search engines that appear below the address bar and search bar when you start to enter a keyword. Google is the only engine checked -------------------------------- MS Edge homepage is the MS Edge Edge search option is: Search in the address block with Bing ---------------------------------- thanks for any advice
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Some applications, like Cortana, may be hardwired to particular browsers. I do think there used to be a way to intercept those searches, but Microsoft may have taken that away. I think if you want to make sure you get results in Firefox, you'll have to fire up a Firefox tab to do you searching.

Some applications, like Cortana, may be hardwired to particular browsers. I do think there used to be a way to intercept those searches, but Microsoft may have taken that away. I think if you want to make sure you get results in Firefox, you'll have to fire up a Firefox tab to do you searching.
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It appears you are correct that Cortana is hardwired to Edge.

I've found a fix to change Cortana's browser requires installing EdgeDeflector. So to stop using Edge, one has to install additional software. Still trying to find out how to stop Cortana returning results with Bing. Apparently there's a Chrome extention fix but I cannot yet find a fix for FF.

Clearly a first world problem, but it's just frustrating to have to do work-arounds for less than stellar built-ins.

It appears you are correct that Cortana is hardwired to Edge. I've found a fix to change Cortana's browser requires installing EdgeDeflector. So to stop using Edge, one has to install additional software. Still trying to find out how to stop Cortana returning results with Bing. Apparently there's a Chrome extention fix but I cannot yet find a fix for FF. Clearly a first world problem, but it's just frustrating to have to do work-arounds for less than stellar built-ins.
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You may notice that Cortana adds some unique characters to the URL it sends to Bing. Some versions of Firefox used to look for that code and switch the query to your default search engine, but I don't think that was maintained because the searches were no longer going to your default browser by default. Still, there could be an add-on for that.

You may notice that Cortana adds some unique characters to the URL it sends to Bing. Some versions of Firefox used to look for that code and switch the query to your default search engine, but I don't think that was maintained because the searches were no longer going to your default browser by default. Still, there could be an add-on for that.
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I have this problem on a Mac. I don't have Cortana.. but if Firefox gets shutdown or crashes, which seems to be often, it always switches my default browser to "BrowserDefault", which is apparently Bing.

I have this problem on a Mac. I don't have Cortana.. but if Firefox gets shutdown or crashes, which seems to be often, it always switches my default browser to "BrowserDefault", which is apparently Bing.
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Hi kshanti, it's a very different problem on Mac. You have a hijacker.

Does your Preferences page mention that "your organization" or "an extension" is controlling any settings?

Could you share a sample results URL for "BrowserDefault" / Bing to see whether any of the parameters in the URL point toward a culprit?

More generally:

(A) Extensions are a common source of search engine changes.

(B) Malware on your system could inject changes into Firefox's settings. A popular scanning/cleaning tool is: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

(C) Beware of autoconfig files. This thread has an example of how to track that down: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1256067

Hi kshanti, it's a very different problem on Mac. You have a hijacker. Does your Preferences page mention that "your organization" or "an extension" is controlling any settings? Could you share a sample results URL for "BrowserDefault" / Bing to see whether any of the parameters in the URL point toward a culprit? More generally: (A) Extensions are a common source of search engine changes. (B) Malware on your system could inject changes into Firefox's settings. A popular scanning/cleaning tool is: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/ (C) Beware of autoconfig files. This thread has an example of how to track that down: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1256067
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Thanks.. I did find another post that talked about this and removed a custom URL. So far I haven't had any issues.

I'm not sure what you are asking for here.. "Could you share a sample results URL for "BrowserDefault" / Bing to see whether any of the parameters in the URL point toward a culprit?"

Do you mean when Bing is the search engine, provide the URL from a search?

Thanks.. I did find another post that talked about this and removed a custom URL. So far I haven't had any issues. I'm not sure what you are asking for here.. "Could you share a sample results URL for "BrowserDefault" / Bing to see whether any of the parameters in the URL point toward a culprit?" Do you mean when Bing is the search engine, provide the URL from a search?
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kshanti said

I'm not sure what you are asking for here.. "Could you share a sample results URL for "BrowserDefault" / Bing to see whether any of the parameters in the URL point toward a culprit?" Do you mean when Bing is the search engine, provide the URL from a search?

Yes, if you submit a search and it goes to "BrowserDefault" what is the final URL of the results page?

''kshanti [[#answer-1244650|said]]'' <blockquote>I'm not sure what you are asking for here.. "Could you share a sample results URL for "BrowserDefault" / Bing to see whether any of the parameters in the URL point toward a culprit?" Do you mean when Bing is the search engine, provide the URL from a search? </blockquote> Yes, if you submit a search and it goes to "BrowserDefault" what is the final URL of the results page?
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I switched to BrowserDefault. Here is the URL.

https://www.bing.com/search?q=goldfinch&pc=cosp&ptag=G6C999N10860D060619AA6B84BBD86&form=CONBDF&conlogo=CT3210127

I did remove some malware though, so not sure if this is suspicious.

I switched to BrowserDefault. Here is the URL. https://www.bing.com/search?q=goldfinch&pc=cosp&ptag=G6C999N10860D060619AA6B84BBD86&form=CONBDF&conlogo=CT3210127 I did remove some malware though, so not sure if this is suspicious.
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Hi kshanti, back in 2014, a Bing URL with conlogo=CT3210127 was associated with hijacked desktop shortcuts. However, I don't know if that is a thing on Mac:

If you select BrowserDefault in the One-Click Search Engines box on the Preferences page and use the Remove button below the box, does it return in your next Firefox session?

Hi kshanti, back in 2014, a Bing URL with conlogo=CT3210127 was associated with hijacked desktop shortcuts. However, I don't know if that is a thing on Mac: * https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/all/bing-search-deeply-embedded-starts-through-www/5cb2ab98-0dff-420b-9e32-f1c81e0cdbc5 * https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/bing/forum/bing_other-bing_users/i-have-brand-new-feature-opening-with-all-my/63d57a25-aea8-4f10-a31c-a957d1dc93fc If you select BrowserDefault in the One-Click Search Engines box on the Preferences page and use the Remove button below the box, does it return in your next Firefox session?
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It did before but no longer does. Thanks for your help!

It did before but no longer does. Thanks for your help!
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