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can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

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can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

After trying out a little utility, I got stuck with the Babylon toolbar and home page.... Yes... I didn't spot the little checkpoint to disable installation... Without any problems, I managed to remove all that... But since then, I can't get my home page to stay set to about:blank.... it keeps starting with the Google search page. I did manage to link the homepage button to about:blank, but when I add a new page (by clicking the + next to the most right tab) I keep getting the Google search page... Thanks in advance. Lody J. Claessen

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Re: can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

hello l.j.claessen, please perform the following steps - they should remove the remaining bits of babylon:

  • go to firefox > help > troubleshooting information > profile folder - "show folder", then a new window will open up. in this window look out for a file named user.js, delete or rename this file and restart firefox afterwards. this will get rid of the file that is overwriting your custom set homepage.
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Re: can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

hello l.j.claessen, please perform the following steps - they should remove the remaining bits of babylon:

  • go to firefox > help > troubleshooting information > profile folder - "show folder", then a new window will open up. in this window look out for a file named user.js, delete or rename this file and restart firefox afterwards. this will get rid of the file that is overwriting your custom set homepage.
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Re: can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

If you have removed the rogue software you now need to reset the Firefox settings that will have been messed up:


I do not think the SearchReset deals with the user.js and that could need attention if it has been modified or created unecessarily, but try the SearchReset first of all.

The user.js file may be used to reset firefox preferences, and sometimes that is the cause of a preference resetting itself unexpectedly.

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Re: can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

Hey Madperson... Brrrilliant...your suggestion did it right away. Thanks a million.! LodyJ

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Re: can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

Note that you have the Browsing Protection extension installed and that extension will most likely block changes to some of the prefs that you try to change, so check that out if you can't make a permanent change.

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Re: can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

Hi Co-rel, You're that I have Browsing Protection installed... But I switched it off, some time ago. Thanks anyway. Regards LodyJ

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Re: can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

I have the same exact problem, but I don't have a Babylon toolbar or a user.js file. SearchReset didn't solve the problem but didn't kill my extension either.

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - the Lucid Lynx and Firefox 20.0

perf.js parameters:

user_pref("searchreset.backup.browser.startup.homepage", "about:blank");user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "about:blank");

user_pref("browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID", "20130329042733");

user_pref("browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone", "20.0"); user_pref("browser.startup.page", 3);

user_pref("pref.browser.homepage.disable_button.bookmark_page", false);

user_pref("pref.browser.homepage.disable_button.restore_default", false);

user_pref("toolkit.startup.last_success", 1365644389);

What is going on here?

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Re: can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

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.
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Re: can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

I started in safe mode (all extensions and themes disbled). No change. My home page setting still said about:blank.

I started in normal mode after manually disabling all extension but left default theme enabled. No change

https://support.cdn.mozilla.net/media/uploads/images/2013-04-10-21-30-59-aa597c.png

Also, the web sites displayed haven't changed for at least two or three days .. hmmm!

2013-04-10-21-30-59-aa597c.png
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Re: can't set home page to about:blank, it keeps loading google search page

I found that "New Tab" has an icon to toggle the web site display on and off here https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/new-tab-page-show-hide-and-customize-top-sites. Problem "solved" except that about:blank should display a blank page! Grrr!

So tell me it's a feature and not a bug :)