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AVG Secure Search appears when I use Google Search from my Home page only.

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AVG Secure Search appears when I use Google Search from my Home page only.

My home page is the Firefox default page with the Google searchbar. I like getting occasional messages from Firefox when I log in so I don't want to change my homepage. However, when I use the searchbar on my homepage only, I get the unsatisfactory AVG Secure Search results.

UPDATE: I now realize all the troubleshooting information I included in my original question appears under the "More System Details" link next to the question, not in the body of the question. I have copied it here to make it easier to see what I have already done to try to solve the problem, as well as describe the one clue I have that may be relevant:

I have tried all the fixes on various threads, but my about:config is now pristine (no avg or isearch mentions; keyword.url is default). Closest solution is that at https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/866327 , which requires changing my home page.

Oddly, AVG Secure Search is not a problem when I use the Google toolbar or search from the Google website, only when I use the search bar that appears on my home (start) page. This is true even when I return to my home page--if I search from the Google search bar in the middle of the page, I get sent to AVG Safe Search. (isearch.avg.com).

I read in one thread a suggestion to delete my chromeappsstore.sqlite file in my Profile folder. As promised, Firefox created a new one when I restarted it; however, the search bar in the middle of my home home page did not work at all. Tried this three times before restoring my original.

I do not have an application that will open a sqlite file, but I tried doing so in Excel and found a cell containing the following:

emoh.:moz-safe-aboutsearch-engine{"name":"AVG Secure Search","searchUrl":"http://isearch.avg.com/search?cid={7A3C25A0-E345-4507-AA31-D98F596A81A9}&mid=c48135235ba247d18ac1d14b344db451-addd29eab2809954d5abdf0b991a5b911a297819&ds=is015&lang=en&v=10.0.0.7&pr=sa&d=&sap=dsp&q=_searchTerms_"}

I have no clue what that means, but it is the only thing I can find related to Firefox that still mentions AVG and isearch.avg.com.

At this point my best guess (but it is a guess) is that the chromeappsstore.sqlite file is a key to the complete solution, but I do not have enough knowledge to go beyond and address it. I appreciate any help you anyone can offer.

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Re: AVG Secure Search appears when I use Google Search from my Home page only.

I think I have solved the problem. As someone who has only occasionally used used Access and other database applications, I first needed to find a free app that would allow me to edit chromeappsstore.sqlite. Then I needed instruction on how to edit it. I found the answers to both these questions at https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/779082 . Thanks Dr. Watson; you anticipated my needs 10 months ago!

I don't think I would have been able to articulate my questions clearly enough to find the solution without posting here first.

For others who try this solution not familiar with databases: make sure you backup a copy of chromeappsstore.sqlite before trying this fix; you cannot save a copy under a different name from within the sqlitebrowser application (or at least I could not find a "save as" feature).

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Re: AVG Secure Search appears when I use Google Search from my Home page only.

Ugh, never mind. Apparently, the topic I started and clicked was not the topic that opened up.

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Re: AVG Secure Search appears when I use Google Search from my Home page only.

No. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Re: AVG Secure Search appears when I use Google Search from my Home page only.

Ok, so just so I'm sure I'm understanding this correctly: You have your home page set to the Firefox default. But when you do searches from the search bar inside the home page (not the one in the upper right hand corner of the page) you get redirected to AVG Safe Search? is that correct?

Are you using AVG on your computer? there is an AVG uninstaller you can run if you wanted to switch to another anti-virus such as Microsoft Security Essentials, but only if you want to do that.

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Re: AVG Secure Search appears when I use Google Search from my Home page only.

Reset the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone pref via the right-click context menu to the default on the about:config page and close and restart Firefox to restore the about:home page to its default.

  • Open the about:config page via the location bar
  • Type in the Filter bar: mstone
  • Right-click the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone line and select: Reset
  • Close and restart Firefox
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Re: AVG Secure Search appears when I use Google Search from my Home page only.

I think I have solved the problem. As someone who has only occasionally used used Access and other database applications, I first needed to find a free app that would allow me to edit chromeappsstore.sqlite. Then I needed instruction on how to edit it. I found the answers to both these questions at https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/779082 . Thanks Dr. Watson; you anticipated my needs 10 months ago!

I don't think I would have been able to articulate my questions clearly enough to find the solution without posting here first.

For others who try this solution not familiar with databases: make sure you backup a copy of chromeappsstore.sqlite before trying this fix; you cannot save a copy under a different name from within the sqlitebrowser application (or at least I could not find a "save as" feature).

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Re: AVG Secure Search appears when I use Google Search from my Home page only.

Hi Tylerdowner-- As you see, I solved the problem. FYI, at some point, I installed a program and forgot to uncheck the AVG search bar installation that came along with it. That's started the ball rolling. However, I had found several threads with solutions--removing it from the search bar options, editing about:config, and removing all traces of AVG from my hard drive--that seemed to solve problem. That is, until I opened Firefox (home page is about:home) and did a search from the home page search bar and the results came up in isearch.avg.com!

I could not find any thread--except for the reference to chromeappsstore.sqlite and my subsequent discovery that text for "isearch.avg.com" was contained in it. After posting my question, I shifted my search to "chromeappsstore.sqlite," and that's how I found the solution.

That said, why this remnant of AVG Safe Search remained after addressing all the other solutions is beyond my knowledge. But I wouldn't be surprised if others may be experiencing something similar.

Thanks for your efforts! Much appreciated.

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Re: AVG Secure Search appears when I use Google Search from my Home page only.

Deleting the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone pref like I posted above([/questions/924840#answer-324871]) should have had the same effect and rebuild the chromeappsstore.sqlite database with the default search engine for the about:home page.