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I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

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I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

I downloaded Bandoo emoticons and it loaded "searchqu" search engine and it is now the one being used on Firefox homepage. I prefer Google which it was . I tried to change it,disable it,uninstall it and I tried uninstalling Bandoo. But I can't get rid of it.It doesn't show up as Searchqu in my computer programs and I can't find it there. It was in my Firefox add-ons which is where I uninstalled it from. How do I get rid of it?

                     Thanks, lige perry
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Re: I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

Did you check the Home page setting?

Tools > Options > General > Startup: Home page

See How to set the home page


If you need to (re)set the pref keyword.URL then you can open the about:config page via the location bar.

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.

See also http://kb.mozillazine.org/about%3Aconfig

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Re: I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

Have you tried resetting this preference?
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Keyword.URL

New User

Re: I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

I know very little about computers so when I went to the page you suggested I was lost. I really didn't understand how to proceed. I don't want to be a bother but is there a step by step set of directions that an old plumber could muddle through. I worry about doing the wrong thing and corrupting my whole PC. Last year when I bought it I messed up and had to do 2 recovers! Any additional help would be greatly appreciated.

            Thanks, lige perry
Site Moderator

Re: I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

Did you check the Home page setting?

Tools > Options > General > Startup: Home page

See How to set the home page


If you need to (re)set the pref keyword.URL then you can open the about:config page via the location bar.

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.

See also http://kb.mozillazine.org/about%3Aconfig

New User

Re: I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

Thanks a million! This was driving me nuts!. Now if I can find that same page in IE 8 I'll "scrape" it out of there also!

                            lige perry

p.s. just to clarify, I used the Tools/homepage method.

New User

Re: I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

go to tools and go down to options

it will have your home page there back space it and type the homepage you want

New User

Re: I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

By the way... I think I have finally found a way to be free from searchqu.com.... This will at least be a partial solution. I had disabled it by going to the DOS command line, doing a dir for searchqu and then conduit... and then deleting anything I figured didn't belong... while in SafeMode! Anyway the steps from Windows (XP). 1. Start 2. Control Panel 3. Internet Options 4. General 5. Search........Settings 6. Google - Set as Default 7. Web Search (Searchqu) - Remove and while I was there I got rid of Babylon too! I mention this here because searchqu in the search box brought me here!... if anyone knows of a better location... copy and paste, please. What's important is helping others!

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Re: I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

Unistall it from the Control Panel.

It is register under the name: WINDOWS SEARCHQU TOOLBAR

A tricky name - with the fact that we usually have more than 100 entries to choose from.

A more complete answer in:

http://support.mozilla.com/es/questions/790833#question-reply

Regards C Diez de Sollano

New User

Re: I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

I downloaded Bandoo a few months ago, great smilies. Had a few problems like MSN crashing etc. Then when I ran Malware it found 8 tracking cookies/adware named Bandoo some in the directory. Anyway had malware remove the adware then all kinds of problems, now I couldn't even send an email it would crash. Like you I tried to use the control panel to delete but the message was it couldn't find the .exe file. Finally I went into C drive and opened the programs file and if you open Bandoo they have an Uninstall there. I used that and it disappeared. Bandoo just takes over I even tried system restore to go back before Bandoo. Even in safe mode Restore wouldnt work. If you look close in the C program Bandoo has a item in there for system restore. I even lost all my previous recovery points. I would not recommend down loading Bandoo to anyone. Maybe it was me but nothing but problems

New User

Re: I can't change my Firefox homepage search engine.

I did that yesterday, reset my homepage and when I booted this morning, that stupid Searchqu Toolbar was back and my virus control said a program is trying to change your home page. So I went and redid my homepage. Sure hope this doesn't happen every morning! I'm in a sweepstakes with yahoo, and every time I open as my homepage, and check my mail, I get entered, and this stupid thing is destroying all my entries! grrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Thanks to you all for your help.