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Firefox - hijacked home page

I was looking at some software and a pop-up asked if I wanted
Yahoo to be my default search engine.  I thought I said "NO" but
somehow I must not have ticked all the boxes.

Now when I bring up Firefox (27.0.1,  XP) it presents
a Yahoo search page instead of my Google Home Page.  

I reviewed the way to stop this and tried it.  Tools --> Options -->
Use Current Page.  And that works until I close Firefox and re-open it.
Then the damn Yahoo page rears its ugly head.  Something is over-ridding
the Firefox setting.

How can I get my Google Home Page back?

This is the URL for the unwanted Yahoo I can't clear out This is how I set the Home Page back to Google; I clicked "Use Current Page"
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carolinadon
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Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer LindowsCommented:
Simplest way would be to restore to a recent systemstate.
Else look in software for recently installed unwanted software.

Last would be to search the registry for the URL and adjust it.

In all ways i recommend scanning the machine for malware with a tool like malwarebytes.
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aadihCommented:
You could restore your PC to an earlier time, and thus solve this problem quickly and easily.

Recommended method: Boot up in safe mode with command prompt and type rstrui.exe to open the restore GUI and restore.
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BillBondoCommented:
goolge using the "about:config" to reset the home page to default in mozilla
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carolinadonAuthor Commented:
I do run several mal-ware programs, but this is the result of my not checking
the correct box so it's probably not malware but rather a sneaky place to
hide Yahoo that's not easily found.  

I do have a check-point system, so I could go back about 10 days, but would loose data
and, worse, a recent MS system update I applied.  Rather not do that.

In years past I have made some specific changes to the .js files so I would
be comfortable doing that IF one of them has the Yahoo data stored in it somewhere.
I looked at prefs.js and did not see anything relating to Home Pages or Yahoo.

Does anyone know what  .js file might have the offending data?
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carolinadonAuthor Commented:
I found it!

Seems that Advanced System Care has a "feature" called HomePage Protection.
I did update my free version of ASC and apparently that is where I originally made the wrong selection that resulted in the hated Yahoo homepage.

Once I disabeled ASC Homepage protection, I could change back to my Google Homepage and it sticks. In theory I suppose I could re-set Homepage protection back to "on", but I'm leaving well enough alone.
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aadihCommented:
Great. You fixed it. :-)
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carolinadonAuthor Commented:
It worked is the reason it's a good solution.
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younghvCommented:
FYI:

"I do have a check-point system, so I could go back about 10 days, but would loose data..."

NOT true.
Using a Windows backup restores the SYSTEM files to a previous point in time. It does not affect data files.
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