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Set default search engine for 6.0.

It keeps showing up with the Firefox search engine. I have done the Manage Search engines and it refuses to stay the same. I don't want Firefox as my default search engine. I even remove the Firefox search engine and it comes right back when I restart.

I searched and tried several things including that config suggestion and nothing works.

To be clear this is the for the search engine in the search bar NOT homepage.

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Re: Set default search engine for 6.0.

I found this thread while searching for the solution to the same problem. It seems to be part of the Test Pilot program that runs automatically for people that are on the beta version of Firefox. I fixed the issue by going into my add-ons, and looking at the extensions. There should be one that is titled with something about a search results usefulness study. If you disable or remove that extension, the firefox "Search the web" option will go away for good.

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Re: Set default search engine for 6.0.

Looks like after using FF for more years than I can count I'll start looking for a different browser to use. I'm not up for my browser "telling me" what to do.

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Re: Set default search engine for 6.0.

There is no "Firefox search engine". Are you talking about the page that opens when you first start Firefox? If so see the following: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/How+to+set+the+home+page

Sorry about the delay. We are all unpaid volunteers on this site trying to assist users. On some days, with a limited number of volunteers participating and thousands of questions being posted, some posts may not get answered.


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Re: Set default search engine for 6.0.

Hi, sorry had no clue they didn't pay their support. I am talking about the search bar next to the address bar. It continues to reset back to the firefox search engine even if I delete it.

I have included a image to show what area I am talking about. In another post I show what it keeps reverting back to.

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Re: Set default search engine for 6.0.

Oh so you want to remove the whole search bar? Cause that provides search results for search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing , etc.

Re: Set default search engine for 6.0.

I don't want to remove the bar.

Trying to explain this the best I can. Firefox continues to show up as default in the search box even if I remove it. Once FF is restarted it reverts back to using the firefox search engine as default. I want to be able to set my own default like I could in the past until this recent update to 6.0 (not upgrade but the recent update that happens prior to starting the browser).

I have tried manage search engines and it stays fine until I restart FF.


Ok it is not actually Firefox that is search engine but it showing the FF symbol. I guess it is actually Bing but don't want that either. I want to be able to set my own default.

Providing another pic to let you see what I see when I perform a search and what it shows in the search bar as the symbol for the engine.

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Re: Set default search engine for 6.0.

Looks like Swag Bucks (not the "Firefox search engine") got downloaded/installed, probably with some other free internet item that you installed.

Look in Add-ons > Extensions. See if Swab Bucks is there or uninstall in Windows Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs. If so, click Remove/Uninstall and restart Firefox. Then try removing from the Search Bar again.


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Re: Set default search engine for 6.0.

Hi, I provided an update pic above to show you what I see when I restart my browser. I actually want Swagbucks to be my default but I can no longer set a default and even if I remove everything but swagbucks when I restart FF at a different time it all reverts back to showing the pic I provided above.

I have already tried to remove what I don't want through manage engines. What I don't want keeps coming back when I exit FF and restart it.

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Re: Set default search engine for 6.0.

Swag Bucks is not a normal search engine included with Firefox. If you cannot remove that, you probably have malware installed. From where did you get Firefox 6? If not from Mozilla, I would download Firefox from Mozilla's site, completely uninstall Firefox and install the one from Mozilla (back up the bookmarks first). Also do a scan for malware.

Moderator Daifne's list of malware removers:

If these don't find it or can't clear it, post in one of these forums for specialized malware removal help:

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Re: Set default search engine for 6.0.

finitarry:

  1. see https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/827739#answer-205194
  2. other search engines can be installed in the Search Bar by the user directly or through an add-on or toolbar. Just because a search engine is not in the Firefox original distribution is no reason to assume that it is malware. Do your research first, then answer a question. I have found no evidence, so far, that it is malware.

Samanthalynn376:
If you click on the small icon to the left of "set default search engine in Firefox 6" (answer BOTH questions):

  1. are any search engines listed?
  2. have you removed all of them?

If you have removed all search engines in the Search Bar, you can restore those that came with Firefox originally by clicking "Restore Defaults" at the bottom of the Manage Search Engine List shown here: https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Search%20bar#w_managing-search-engines