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I cannot get Firefox as my home page. Your instructions yield Target= "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

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My browser was hijacked by Bing and Chrome. I've corrected that but cannot get Firefox installed as my home page. Bing continues to appear. I've followed the Firefox instructions (r. click on icon, go to Properties, clean up Target) but the Target shows as "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe". Any thoughts?

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bducker said

My browser was hijacked by Bing and Chrome. I've corrected that but cannot get Firefox installed as my home page. Bing continues to appear.

Firefox itself is a web browser and not a search engine or a homepage or website.

It is a web browser in that on top you type in say support.mozilla.org to view this website.

Bing.com is a search engine while Chrome is a web browser made by Google.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-or-remove-search-engine-firefox https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/change-your-default-search-settings-firefox

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Type about:addons<enter> in the address bar to open your Add-ons Manager. Hot key; (<Control> [Mac=<Command>] <Shift> A)

In the Add-ons Manager, on the left, select Extensions. Remove “ Bing “ Anything.

Also remove SafeSearch, SearchAssist Incognito, FileConverter Addon, SearchLock, DiscreteSearch, WebSearch, Findwide Search Engine

Now do the same in the computer’s Programs Folder.

Windows: Start > Control Panel > Uninstall Programs. Mac: Open the Applications folder. Linux: Check your user manual.

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Type about:preferences#search<enter> in the address bar. You can select any search engine to be your default from here.

You can also remove any engine from here.

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Do a clean reinstall of the current Firefox release and delete the Firefox program folder before installing a fresh copy of the current Firefox release.

If possible uninstall your current Firefox version to cleanup the Windows Registry and settings in security software.

  • do NOT remove "personal data" when you uninstall the current Firefox version, because this will remove all profile folders and you lose personal data like bookmarks and passwords including data in profiles created by other Firefox versions

Remove the Firefox program folder before installing that newly downloaded copy of the Firefox installer.

  • (64-bit Firefox) "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\"
  • (32-bit Firefox) "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\"

Your personal data like bookmarks is stored in the Firefox profile folder, so you won't lose personal data when you reinstall or update Firefox, but make sure NOT to remove personal data when you uninstall Firefox as that will remove all Firefox profile folders and you lose your personal data.

If you keep having problems then you can create a new profile to test if your current profile is causing the problem.


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bducker said

My browser was hijacked by Bing and Chrome. I've corrected that but cannot get Firefox installed as my home page. Bing continues to appear.

Firefox itself is a web browser and not a search engine or a homepage or website.

It is a web browser in that on top you type in say support.mozilla.org to view this website.

Bing.com is a search engine while Chrome is a web browser made by Google.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-or-remove-search-engine-firefox https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/change-your-default-search-settings-firefox

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Thanks for the help!