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"ask" is always the default search engine in my search pane, even when I remove it and have "Google" replace it. How can I permanently get rid of it?

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I want to have Google be the default search engine that shows up in my search pane in the upper right corner of my screen, rather than "Ask". Could you please tell me how to have this happen? Thank you.

I want to have Google be the default search engine that shows up in my search pane in the upper right corner of my screen, rather than "Ask". Could you please tell me how to have this happen? Thank you.

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

I think it started when I upgraded to FireFox 4.o

Installed Plug-ins

  • Foxit Reader Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.4.2"
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • 12.0.1.647
  • RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In
  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r181
  • DivX Web Player version 2.0.3.4
  • DivX VOD Helper Plug-in
  • GEPlugin
  • Picasa plugin
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_24 for Mozilla browsers
  • 4.0.60310.0
  • Office Authorization plug-in for NPAPI browsers
  • The plug-in allows you to open and edit files using Microsoft Office applications
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • RealPlayer(tm) HTML5VideoShim Plug-In
  • RealNetworks(tm) RealPlayer Chrome Background Extension Plug-In
  • Google Update
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • DRM Netscape Network Object

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:2.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0.1

More Information

pgremley 0 solutions 1 answers

The conversation should also include why updates change a persons preferences. My Homepag has been nytimes.com for ages. Why? Because I read the newspaper BEFORE I start working or searching the net. Why do insist on changing my homepage? Can someone please tell them any company that changes my computer preferences in likely to lose a customer!

The conversation should also include why updates change a persons preferences. My Homepag has been nytimes.com for ages. Why? Because I read the newspaper BEFORE I start working or searching the net. Why do insist on changing my homepage? Can someone please tell them any company that changes my computer preferences in likely to lose a customer!
DrJim 0 solutions 26 answers

I agree! Ticks me off when a piece of new software changes my preferences to what the programmer thinks is defaults everyone wants! This comes from someone who spent much of his life as a professional programmer.

I agree! Ticks me off when a piece of new software changes my preferences to what the programmer thinks is defaults everyone wants! This comes from someone who spent much of his life as a professional programmer.
Xircal 334 solutions 3835 answers

In most cases, a change of search engine or home page takes place with user consent.

See screenshot for an example. If you don't remove the checkmarks before clicking "Next", then you only have yourself to blame when you're suddenly presented with "Ask" as your default search engine.

You'll find a few more listed here: Bundled software with free apps

In most cases, a change of search engine or home page takes place with user consent. See screenshot for an example. If you don't remove the checkmarks before clicking "Next", then you only have yourself to blame when you're suddenly presented with "Ask" as your default search engine. You'll find a few more listed here: [http://malwarebulletin.com/2011/02/11/calendar-of-updates/installers-hall-of-shame-unwanted-add-on-via-calendar-of-updates/ Bundled software with free apps]

Question owner

Thank you all. The fix worked.

Thank you all. The fix worked.
DFoster 0 solutions 2 answers

To try to remove the malware ASK.COM, I have used the about:config tip, I have eliminated any references in the CONTROL PANEL/UNINSTALL routine, I have even searched the registry via REGEDIT, and searched my system using the FIND program from the start menu. Nothing has helped - whenever I try to search, the ASK search engine appears as the default, even when GOOGLE appears in the upper right as the default. This ASK.COM program is one nasty virus!

To try to remove the malware ASK.COM, I have used the about:config tip, I have eliminated any references in the CONTROL PANEL/UNINSTALL routine, I have even searched the registry via REGEDIT, and searched my system using the FIND program from the start menu. Nothing has helped - whenever I try to search, the ASK search engine appears as the default, even when GOOGLE appears in the upper right as the default. This ASK.COM program is one nasty virus!
DFoster 0 solutions 2 answers

So it's the users fault when malware like ASK.COM installs via a buried checkbox default, and then refuses to be removed by any means? You sure have a strange sense of "fair".

So it's the users fault when malware like ASK.COM installs via a buried checkbox default, and then refuses to be removed by any means? You sure have a strange sense of "fair".
David McRitchie 320 solutions 3092 answers

@ DFoster, did you start on page 1 of the replies for this question and work your way down.

@ DFoster, did you start on page 1 of the replies for this question and work your way down.