?
Solved

Firefox - hijacked home page

Posted on 2014-02-19
8
Medium Priority
?
616 Views
Last Modified: 2014-10-31
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"
0
Comment
Question by:carolinadon
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
8 Comments
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Patrick Bogers
ID: 39871276
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.
0
 
LVL 24

Expert Comment

by:aadih
ID: 39871283
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.
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:BillBondo
ID: 39871412
goolge using the "about:config" to reset the home page to default in mozilla
0
On Demand Webinar - Networking for the Cloud Era

This webinar discusses:
-Common barriers companies experience when moving to the cloud
-How SD-WAN changes the way we look at networks
-Best practices customers should employ moving forward with cloud migration
-What happens behind the scenes of SteelConnect’s one-click button

 

Author Comment

by:carolinadon
ID: 39871583
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?
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
carolinadon earned 0 total points
ID: 39873131
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.
0
 
LVL 24

Expert Comment

by:aadih
ID: 39873217
Great. You fixed it. :-)
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:carolinadon
ID: 39898364
It worked is the reason it's a good solution.
0
 
LVL 38

Expert Comment

by:younghv
ID: 40415846
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.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I annotated my article on ransomware somewhat extensively, but I keep adding new references and wanted to put a link to the reference library.  Despite all the reference tools I have on hand, it was not easy to find a way to do this easily. I finall…
Ever visit a website where you spotted a really cool looking Font, yet couldn't figure out which font family it belonged to, or how to get a copy of it for your own use? This article explains the process of doing exactly that, as well as showing how…
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to add subdomains to your content reports. This can be very importing in having a site with multiple subdomains.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how nuggets on the Web are formatted by using Chrome Developer Tools. These tools would not only view the site's CSS but it can also modify it and save the CSS to use on your own site.
Suggested Courses

741 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question