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Location bar URL going to different site

New Contributor

Location bar URL going to different site


When I enter in the location bar, I actually go to At some point, I think I mistyped the URL so it makes sense that it's in my history. However, I don't seem to be able to remove at all. I've tried clearing my history and editing the history by hand.

I took at a look at my hosts file and it's empty, and IE doesn't exhibit this behavior so I don't think it's a hijack in the classic sense.

The URL actually changes in the location bar, so it's not as if I enter one thing and end up somewhere else. In addition, if I search for mog and click on the the link in search results, I go there with no problem.

This leads me to believe that this is a problem specific to FF and the location bar in particular.

Thanks! Greg

New Contributor

Re: Location bar URL going to different site

Hello Greg, When i type in i do go straight there, so there possibly could be a problem with your FF try going to and downloading the newest version of FF witch would be Firefox 18.0

Site Moderator

Re: Location bar URL going to different site

You can remove all stored data from a specific domain via "Forget About This Site" in the right-click context menu of an history entry (Show All History or History sidebar) or via the aboutSmiley Tongueermissions page.

Using "Forget About This Site" will remove everything like bookmarks, cookies, passwords, cache, history, and exceptions from that domain, so be cautious and if you have a password or other data from that domain that you do not want to lose then make a note of those passwords and bookmarks.
You can't recover from that "forget" unless you have a backup of the affected files.

It doesn't have any lasting effect, so if you revisit such a 'forgotten' website then data from that website will be saved once again.

New Contributor

Re: Location bar URL going to different site


I tried both suggestions, and neither has worked. I'm still going to when I enter in my location bar. Strange!

Thanks for the great ideas!


Site Moderator

Re: Location bar URL going to different site

Do you still have any history items for the site?

Clear the cache and the cookies from sites that cause problems.

"Clear the Cache":

  • Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Cached Web Content: "Clear Now"

"Remove Cookies" from sites causing problems:

  • Tools > Options > Privacy > Cookies: "Show Cookies"

Did you check the aboutSmiley Tongueermissions page for both those domains and removed all data?

You can inspect and manage the permissions for all domains on the aboutSmiley Tongueermissions page.

Create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems.

See "Creating a profile":

If the new profile works then you can transfer some files from an existing profile to the new profile, but be careful not to copy corrupted files.