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Lock your Mozilla Firefox Homepage from Hijackers permanently

I got soooo tried of toolbars like Ask and Google changing my startup tabs and then not being able to restore then even using session restore on TabMixPlus XPI for Firefox to I devised my own method to lock my desired tabs just for me now I share this with you all, note you can still install this XPI make sure that you set it to show homepage on restart so that if you use restart it will still work, as well as just closing the browser window using the usual red right-hand cross

The two modes of TabMixPlus showing Firefox Built in Session Restre and TabMixPlus Session Manager you can't use both at the same time >>



This is a tried and tested 100% to lock your homepage from hijackers and give you the tabs that you want to start with time and time again I have set my two tabs to the Router control panel for Sky Sagem F@ST Router and my FixYa page, use your own...

First create a file called homepage.txt and place these line inside it and save it as a text file with the file extension *.txt

//
lockPref("network.proxy.type", 0);
lockPref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://192.168.0.1/sky_router_status.html|http://www.fixya.com/users/spideray");

If you want extra tabs add more pipelines | after the aspx then download this and to create a homepage.cfg file use 13 as the shift by value

http://home.comcast.net/%7Edabbink/dabbink/Download/ByteShifter.zip



You then need to change the all.js in the C:Program FilesMozilla Firefox folder you need to add this line to the end to action you new file and save it

pref("general.config.filename", "homepage.cfg");

When you restart Firefox you will see that under the options tab the homepage will be greyed out OR locked.




For a second opinion check this using the about:config option in the MR Tech Toolkit XPI also worth installing I have used this since it was called local install way back. Then benefits of this method are 100% locked from hijackers and user definable whenever you want to change your homepage just copy and paste the new URLs that you want after each pipeline make sure that you create another cfg file before you start the browser it will fail unless it can read the homepage.cfg file you have been warned.



Here is my Sky Drive Link for an example that you can use HERE copy the entire folder to you Mozilla Folder then you can use it if you want to change the homepage.txt to add or remove tabs don't forget to Bit Shift it afterwards

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DELIETE ASK PROGRAM


Step 1:
To uninstall Ask Toolbar program from your computer,click the Start button, click on Control Panel, then select Uninstall a program. (Add or Remove Programs for Windows XP users).
If you are a Windows 8 user, you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.

Search and uninstall Ask Toolbar Updater and Ask Toolbar from your computer.

On some computers these programs might be renamed or missing, search for any program developed by Ask or unknown applications, and uninstall them from your computer.

Step 2:

Remove the Ask Toolbar residual damage from your browser

Ask Toolbar has installed several browser extensions, has changed your homepage to nl.ask.com, and has changed your default search engine.

Remove Ask Toolbar and Ask.com from Internet Explorer
  1. Remove Ask Toolbar add-ons from Internet Explorer. Open Internet Explorer, then click on the gear icon icongear.jpgTools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right) and then select Manage add-ons.
From the Toolbars and Extensions tab, select Ask Toolbar, ask Bar BHO and any other unknown extensions, then click on Disable.

Set Internet Explorer default search engine from Ask Search to Bing or Google.
To change your default search engine, click on the gear icon icongear.jpgManage Add-ons, and then, under Add-on Types, click Search Providers.
Select Bing or Google and click on Set Default.

Search for Ask.com in the Search Providers list, and click on Remove to get rid of this search engine.

Change your Internet Explorer home page from ask.com to its default
To change your home page, click on the gear icon icongear.jpg General tab, under the Home page section, click on Use default to restore Internet Explorer default home page.

Remove Ask Toolbar and Ask.com from Mozilla Firefox
  1. Remove Ask Toolbar extension from Firefox.
    At the top of the Firefox window, click the orange Firefox button, then select Add-ons.
Select the Extensions tab, then remove Ask Toolbar and any other unknown extensions from Mozilla Firefox.

Reset your default search engine and home page from Ask.com to their default.
To reset your search engine and homepage to their defaults, we will use the SearchResetextension. This add-on is very simple: on installation, it backs up and then resets your search preferences and home page to their default values, and then uninstalls itself. This affects the search bar, URL bar searches, and the home page.
You can download Search Reset from the below link, and then we will just need to install it to revert Firefox to its default settings.
SEARCHRESET DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open another web page from where you can download the Search Reset Firefox extension)

Remove Ask Toolbar and Ask.com from Google Chrome
  1. Remove Ask Toolbar extensions from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu chrome-button.png button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
In the Extensions tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) the Ask Toolbar and any other unknown extensions from Google Chrome.

2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from ask.com to google.com .
Click the Chrome menu chrome-button.png button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.

Search for Ask.com in the Search Engines list, and click the X that appears at the end of the row.

Change Google Chrome homepage from ask.com to its default.
The Ask Toolbar has modified your Google settings to open their web page whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
Click the Chrome menu chrome-button.png button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.

STEP 3: Remove Ask Toolbar registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK
    (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  6. NEXT, double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  7. Click on Uninstall, then confirm with yes to remove this utility from your computer.

STEP 4: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process. DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware checked, then click on the Finish button.
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
  4. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on Show Result.
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.

STEP 5: Run a computer scan with HitmanPro

  1. Download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you'll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
  4. Once the scan is complete,you'll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you'll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.

Feb 01, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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chang from ask to google please


Create the menu tab on your homepage right click in the top toolbar you should see a number of toolbar options select the menu tab which will add File Edit View Favorites Tools and Help

Click on the tools at the bottom of the drop down list will be internet options or
Click start control panel internet options you will see a home page box To Create Page Tabs type

each adress on its own line (type in www.google.com) or your preferred home page and browser
below that will be change search defaults click on settings you will see all search Providers
Toolbar extensions and Accelerators you have if don't need any of them you can disable or remove them.

Here is another option to add

Right click in the bottom toolbar (Bottom of Screen) select the toolbars option then Desktop this will add >> arrows in the bottom toolbar select the arrows you will see a list with control panel which has another list of all control panel items.

And you might have to uninstall the ask toolbar
go to contol panel uminstall look for ask toolbar

Dec 29, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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how to remove ask toolbar


Remove Ask Toolbar add-ons from Internet Explorer. Open Internet Explorer, then click on the gear icon icongear.jpg (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right) and then select Manage add-ons.

From the Toolbars and Extensions tab, select Ask Toolbar, askBar BHO and any other unknown extensions, then click on Disable.

Change your Internet Explorer home page from ask.com to its default
To change your home page, click on the gear icon icongear.jpg , select Internet Explore options, and in the General tab,under the Home page section, click on Use default to restore Internet

Mar 30, 2013 | HP Pavilion Computers & Internet

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how do i change the home page


  1. Click the wrench icon chrome_toolsmenu.gif on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Options (Preferences on Mac and Linux; Settings on a Chromebook).
  3. Click the Basics tab.
    • Set your home page
      Pick the page you'd like to be your home page in the "Home page" section. You can select to use the New Tab page as your home page. To use another page, select "Open this page" and enter the web address of the page you'd like to use.
    • Add the home button to the browser toolbar
      Want a button on the browser toolbar that you can click to open your home page? Select the "Show Home button" checkbox in the "Toolbar" section.
    • Set your home page as your startup page
      To see your homepage whenever you open Google Chrome, go to the "On startup" section and select "Open the home page."

Thank you,
Lee

Jul 12, 2011 | Google Chrome

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