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I have lost my default set of search engines ie Yahoo in the search bar all I have are Food IMdB and SiteAdvisor (ver 18.0.2)

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I have lost my default set of search engines ie Yahoo in the search bar all I have are Food IMdB and SiteAdvisor (ver 18.0.2)

I had my windows crash but was able to restore it with the builtin software. One of the problems I was left with was that all my default search engines in the search bar were replaced with just three (none of which I had previous) Food, IMdB, and SiteAdvisor. When I checked your forum there was a question similiar to mine but I was unable to understand the answer. I have already upgraded from FF 16.something to 18.0.2 hoping this would solve the problem but it didn't. I don't want to uninstall and reinstall as I am afraid I will loose all my bookmarks etc. I can do my searches from the Google and Yahoo web pages but the search bar was far more convient. Thanks for any help

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Re: I have lost my default set of search engines ie Yahoo in the search bar all I have are Food IMdB and SiteAdvisor (ver 18.0.2)

Do you still see the xml files of all the search engines in the searchplugins folder in the Firefox program folder?

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

If the default search engines are missing there then you need to reinstall Firefox.

You can try to delete the search.json file and a possible search.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder.

You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder
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Re: I have lost my default set of search engines ie Yahoo in the search bar all I have are Food IMdB and SiteAdvisor (ver 18.0.2)

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Re: I have lost my default set of search engines ie Yahoo in the search bar all I have are Food IMdB and SiteAdvisor (ver 18.0.2)

Do you still see the xml files of all the search engines in the searchplugins folder in the Firefox program folder?

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

If the default search engines are missing there then you need to reinstall Firefox.

You can try to delete the search.json file and a possible search.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder.

You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder