How to remove from firefox default search engine (Reverting changes done by to firefox)

Thanks to that weird marketing strategy in which the products are added to our systems that we don’t opt for. Some times we are not even asked for it, and if asked, then the option selection box is so strategic that it usually gets missed, and ofcourse, its already ticked, checked to that the user opted to install that supplementary software that he don’t even know is going to make his life hell in next few minutes.

One such thing happened to me last days when i installed the utorrent for downloading some torrent files on my windows seven on macbook. Well, although it wasn’t the first time to use utorrent honestly! but being in a hurry, i didn’t notice the option where they were telling(won’t say it asking! as it was already checked) that i have opted to install the ask toolbar, as my default search engine and God knows what else! So anyway, as google being our favorite past time on net! i was severely frustrated to know that is just there every where. I use firefox usually for my daily tasks online (version 3.5 currently).

So how to get rid of toolbar from firefox and remove it completely as the search engine from your system? Here are the steps required to completely disable toolbar and revert the changes it made to your computer.

How to remove search engine from Firefox

1. Disable toolbar from firefox

I was able to disable the toolbar from firefox 3.5 by simply going to the:

Tools > Add-ons

and clicking disable next to toolbar

2. Change my homepage to blank or Google instead of

Well, that was easy, but the set as my homepage? well, thats solved by going to:

Tools > Options.. (main)

and simply changing the value from the drop down for when firefox starts

You can either select it to be a homepage, that you can set in the Home page field below it or else you can select it to be an empty page or so on.

3. Changing / Removing firefox default search engine from to or others

Well, last two were pretty simple, we went into the tools pane and got it all done easily! But this part, changing the default search engine to some thing else, from is a bit tricky part. Here you go how to do it:

  1. write in the addressbar: about:config
  2. ff-1It will show you are warning that, this might void your warranty and that you promise you will be careful etc. Simply carry on by clicking I’ll be careful, I promise! It will take you to a place with a list of preferences and their values etc.ff-2
  3. In the filter field, type: and it will filter out the preferences with either name or values containing the term in them. In my case, it showed two fields, one extension.snipit.chromeURL with the value:{searchTerms}&crm=1 and other preference name: keyword.URL with value of
  4. Select keyword.URL from the Preference Name column and replace the value in it with this one(to convert to as default search engine): ff-4
  5. Hit ok. Now we have set our default seach engine to You don’t need to restart your firefox (tested in case of firefox 3.5) to make these changes work.

So this was how to change the odds done by to your system FORCEFULLY. And next time, keep your eyes open for such TRAPS!

You don’t have as the search engine for your firefox, as default atleast.

19 comments on “How to remove from firefox default search engine (Reverting changes done by to firefox)

  1. This fix doesn’t work for me. I can change my keyword:URL back to Google, and it works fine until I close the browswer. However as soon as I re-open Firefox, keyword:URL reverts to

    Any thoughts on how to fix?

    1. Can you please tell me how did was added to your firefox so that i can reproduce this and then try to fix it on my system?

  2. Thanx for the solution bro.

    If they have let me know of some other way.. I atleast would have looked at it.. when I felt google did not work properly. Now, that they have done this, I will never use in my life again. :)

  3. Thanks, this shit drove me mad! However in about:config just type in filter and right click on dound elements with reset (last option in context menu) will do the job.

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