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How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

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How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

SUPPOSEDLY this issue was solved; it wasn't, not by any of the answerers. I solved it. I tried Search Reset 0.2 and found that it did NOTHING. Same problem: Every time you open a new tab, Bing opens the accursed thing (I blame Mozilla because when I installed the package I got from their site, it informed me during installation that it was optimized for Bing and I LOATHE Bing and was pissed because no non-Bing alternative was offered), NOT the default New Tab page with recently used page panes on it. I removed a disabled toolbar incompatible with this newer version of Firefox, uTorrent Community Toolbar, and Webroot toolbar (keep in mind that the Search Reset is supposed to be a No Restart Required add-on). I restarted, opened a new tab, and was gratified to see NO BING BULLCRAP.

One might argue that this was covered and closed already. Not exactly, not specifically. Generalities are NO GOOD for specific problems. I can't explain WHY this worked, because NONE of the toolbars had anything to do with Bing, and none of the toolbars in question had been active (uTorrent Community Toolbar had been removed in Control Panel> Programs & Features, yet still showed up in Firefox's toolbars list; this seems to happen with Firefox sometimes).

I don't need an answer...NOW, but I think a few others might find this works for them. For a variety of reasons, not everyone will get the same results, or even SEE this problem on their systems. I would have added this to the question that didn't satisfy me, but someone CLOSED it.

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Re: How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

I'm sorry that our comments were not helpful to you. Bing should not have been enabled by default, so I am thinking that you may have gotten a customized version of Firefox. If this ever happens again, a quicker solution may be to download Firefox from our official site (https://mozilla.org/firefox/).

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Re: How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

I'm sorry that our comments were not helpful to you. Bing should not have been enabled by default, so I am thinking that you may have gotten a customized version of Firefox. If this ever happens again, a quicker solution may be to download Firefox from our official site (https://mozilla.org/firefox/).

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Re: How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

You did not get Firefox from Mozilla, did you? That is where you should get it - from the source. I would download Firefox from a Mozilla page, uninstall Firefox (but do not remove the profile), and install the new one.

You may also have to reset a setting in about:config.

  • browser.newtab.url - set to about:blank if you want a blank new tab
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Re: How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance).

  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe mode start window or otherwise make changes.

If you do not keep changes after a restart then see:

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Re: How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

Uninstalling and re-installing Firefox worked. Thanks.

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Re: How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

I also had this problem. Thanks for your post. I disabled a tool bar that I don't remember ever adding, by following your directions, and Blam! Bing is gone. Woohoo! It was driving me crazy! The toolbar I deleted, for anyone who may have it, was called SweetPacks.

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Re: How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

Wow...sounds like a pervasive, desperate intrusion has infiltrated the halls of Mozilla...an unauthorized redirect. I suddenly started having the same issue as well starting 3 days ago. Have tried the toolbar approach but that's a non-issue. The initial window loads properly then BAM...ask for a new tab and Bing kicks in -- no rhyme or reason! Plus Firefox in general starts functioning in a really hinky way. And the excuse I've seen about it occurring after installing Firefox from a third-party site also flies out the window...I only load directly from Mozilla. Try again.

This has happened to me before and the only solution I've found to get rid of this misbegotten pest is to backup your bookmarks and profile and undergo only a completely clean install of Firefox, then rebuild your customizations.

It's a hassle that is getting very old very fast and will probably find me considering other browsers in the near future because of this "pattern." Anyone with recommendations I should include on that list??? Thanks in advance.

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Re: How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

This Bing issue does not come in any Firefox builds from Mozilla.org. It was likely installed by some other software recently for example so be mad at them instead.

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Re: How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

Appreciate the feedback but am sorry to burst your bubble on that one, James. Only Java update installed over a week ago -- not even Flash for a few weeks now -- have automatic updates set to run directly through Mozilla (running 21.0), and well know how to do customized installs on any added features I might allow so this kind of redirect garbage doesn't occur. There has been no change when launching my default homepage or a new window...only kicks in when requesting a new tab. If it were some other software installation/toolbar/plug-in that got by me, it would affect ALL activity -- and that would be extremely obvious...it would not just affect new tabs upon a launch request during a session.

If you can explain that one...I'm listening.

In the meantime...I blew it away and have started with a fresh install.

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Re: How to get rid of Bing REALLY!

Installing or updating Java may includee with unwanted extras, so if you get a notification to update software always make sure to remove any check-marks that would install extra software.