Disabling Search Engines in Firefox

This section provides a tutorial example on how to review and disable search engines in Firefox. You should keep Google as the only search engine.

The next thing to do is review search engines used in Firefox. Some malware will install themselves as search engines.

1. Run Firefox and click the down arrow in the search input box. You will see a list of search engines used in Firefox.

For example, I have following search engines installed in my Firefox. I have no idea why I have so many of them and why Ask.com is in the first place and acting as the default search engine.


2. Click "Manage Search Engines" at the end of the list. You will see a dialog box with the list of search engines.

3. Select "Ask.com" and click the "Remove" button. You will see "Ask.com" disappears from the list.

4. Remove all search engines except Google.

The picture below shows some search engines installed in Firefox:
Firefox Plugin Add-Ons

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping Firefox Up To Date

 Start and Download Options for Firefox

 Content Type Handler Applications

 Privacy Options: Tracking, History and Cookies

 Security Options: Add-Ons and Passwords

 Deleting Cookies Stored in Firefox

 Getting New Add-Ons in Firefox

 Disabling Extension Add-Ons in Firefox

 Disabling Plugin Add-Ons in Firefox

Disabling Search Engines in Firefox

 Reviewing Advanced Settings in Firefox

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO


 PDF Printing Version