Default search engine changed when a Facebook application was downloaded

RESOLVED INCOMPLETE

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minor
RESOLVED INCOMPLETE
11 years ago
8 years ago

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(Reporter: marinefrk, Unassigned)

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2.0 Branch
x86
Windows XP
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(Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-07-30], URL)

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Description

11 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.8) Gecko/20071008 Firefox/2.0.0.8
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.8) Gecko/20071008 Firefox/2.0.0.8

I downloaded the Facebook application (at the above URL) thinking it would just be  something to add to my Facebook page but it was actually a search toolbar. After I downloaded it, yahoo became my default search from the location bar and just typing in specific words wouldn't work to go to the direct page (ie. usually typing "seattle aquarium" would bring me to the SA website now it doesn't). I uninstalled the program but the search still isn't fixed. How do I fix it?

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Have a Facebook
2. Download the Pink Ribbon Toolbar application
3. Install it on Firefox
Actual Results:  
My default search is now yahoo instead of google and the quick search function doesn't work.

Expected Results:  
It should have only affected my searches when I used the toolbar.

Comment 1

11 years ago
(In reply to comment #0)
> User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.8)
> Gecko/20071008 Firefox/2.0.0.8
> Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.8)
> Gecko/20071008 Firefox/2.0.0.8
> 
> I downloaded the Facebook application (at the above URL) thinking it would just
> be  something to add to my Facebook page but it was actually a search toolbar.
> After I downloaded it, yahoo became my default search from the location bar and
> just typing in specific words wouldn't work to go to the direct page (ie.
> usually typing "seattle aquarium" would bring me to the SA website now it
> doesn't). I uninstalled the program but the search still isn't fixed. How do I
> fix it?
> 
> Reproducible: Always
> 
> Steps to Reproduce:
> 1. Have a Facebook
> 2. Download the Pink Ribbon Toolbar application
> 3. Install it on Firefox
> Actual Results:  
> My default search is now yahoo instead of google and the quick search function
> doesn't work.
> 
> Expected Results:  
> It should have only affected my searches when I used the toolbar.
> 

I've had a similar problem, after downloading a toolbar from GaiaOnline
URL:http://www.gaiaonline.com/gaia/redirect.php?r=http%3A%2F%2Fgaiaonline.com%2Ftoolbar%2F
I suffered the same fate, Yahoo popped up in my search toolbar and as long as the plugin remained so too did the yahoo search, upon removing the plugin, yahoo remained the default search and I have had little luck in getting rid of it. I'm tempted to do the drastic and uninstall and reinstall just o be rid of the horrid thing.

Comment 2

11 years ago
I am having a similar problem with Yahoo defaulting as my search engine.  Yahoo is not at the top of my list on the manager (google is).  When I select google, firefox automatically switches it back to yahoo.  I have deleted Yahoo and it reappears in my list.  I have not downloaded anything that I know of (but it is possible).  I just built my machine the beginning of Dec. so...
This bug was originally reported on Firefox 2.x or older, which is no longer supported and will not be receiving any more updates. I strongly suggest that you update to Firefox 3.6.6 or later, update your plugins (flash, adobe, etc.), and retest in a new profile. If you still see the issue with the updated Firefox, please post here. Otherwise, please close as RESOLVED > WORKSFORME
http://www.mozilla.com
http://support.mozilla.com/kb/Managing+profiles
http://support.mozilla.com/kb/Safe+mode
Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-07-30]
Version: unspecified → 2.0 Branch
No reply, INCOMPLETE. Please retest with Firefox 3.6.8 or later and a new profile (http://support.mozilla.com/kb/Managing+profiles). If you continue to see this issue with the newest firefox and a new profile, then please comment on this bug.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
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