Bing has hijacked my Firefox browser

Today it seems that Bing has taken over my Firefox browser. Every time I open a new tab, Bing shows up.

Bing is not one of the Browsers I use (see attached image). I have looked through all the Firefox Options settings and can see no location where  Bing comes up.

Grrrrrrrr
Bing-1.bmp
Starbuck67Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Bing is a search engine not a browser (if this is really Bing) and harmless. Look in your Firefox add-ins and toolbars. I just disable Bing in IE and it never shows up.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
That's the search engine selection page and it only shows Google, not Bing.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
type about:config in your browser, accept the warning about the warranty search for newtab
change the browser.newtab.url to the website of your liking: https://www.google.com/
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Bernard S.CTOCommented:
- you might in addition use sme of the options in the ccleaner program to disable some add-ins launched with your browsers.
- if this is really bing, most probably you accepted some carefully wordcrafted option which accepted it as default openening page

- most generally, there are 2 ways that an unwanted page shows at opening:
a - this is defined in the browser as the or one of the opening pages --> usually you have an option to edit that and if this is a genuine (not pirated) change it will stay as you fixed it
b - when clicking on the browser icon ath the bottom of your page... the ling wch usually was omething like 'c:\Programs\firefox\firefox.exe' as been hacked to 'c:\Programs\firefox\firefox.exe http://somehackedpage.com.html'
This last case is not easy to spot, but you can check if it happens by comparing with what happens when launching the program directly (ie, go with Windows explorer to the equivalent of c:\Programs\firefox\ the double-click on the correct exe

Since pirating / phishing browsers is quite popular currently, you should probably run a complete scan by your antivirus (update it first) to check if you have some odd files. Also looking at which programs were installed recently might prove useful. If you find here some programs you don't remeber installing, first google these program names to find if they are somehow pirates and if they are,remove them (or at least try).
If they resist removing, google to see if there are removing tools available against this program, but only if they are proposed by reputed anti-virus editors (eg, AVG, Avast, McAfee, Microsoft, ...)
Starbuck67Author Commented:
Thanks for the info. I just reinstalled Firefox and the problem went away.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That just means Bing was installed as a toolbar or add-in as suggested above.
Starbuck67Author Commented:
I checked installed programs for a Bing toolbar and none was installed. Bing was not to be found as an add-in either.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Then I wonder if it was really not true Bing after all. True Bing is a toolbar or add-in.
Starbuck67Author Commented:
Hmmm...sure looked like the real thing.
Bernard S.CTOCommented:
Did you run a complete anti-virus scan? If some malicious program was involved, it is still there...
Starbuck67Author Commented:
My comment solved the problem.
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