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Today I noticed that my firefox searchs had been replaced with a Local Moxie search. How do I remove this unwanted search and return to firefox searches?

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After I noticed this Local Moxie (18 March 2013) had replaced all Firefox searches, I went to Google and looked this up and discovered that it is malware or worse. I have done all that Google said to do for removing cookies from this Local Moxie as well as page info and blocking it, in the tools section and I cannot get rid of it. Has anyone else had this problem and does anyone know how I can remove it, please?

Isisombululo esikhethiwe

You can also check for problems with preferences and try to rename or delete the prefs.js file and possible numbered prefs-##.js files and a possible user.js file to reset all prefs to the default values.

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The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.


Further information can be found in the Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings article.

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Unfortunately, your "More system details" does not list any plugins or extensions, so it is difficult to suggest the ones that you might want to disable or remove.

Try this:

(1) Disable ALL nonessential or unrecognized add-ons on these two tabs:

orange Firefox button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons > Plugins category
orange Firefox button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons > Extensions category

Restart Firefox.

(2) Run the Search Reset extension:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/searchreset/

Does that help? If the problem returns when you restart Firefox, you may need to manually remove a user.js file or external software, but let's come back to that.

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

You can also check for problems with preferences and try to rename or delete the prefs.js file and possible numbered prefs-##.js files and a possible user.js file to reset all prefs to the default values.