So, somehow, my Firefox browser got hijacked by a Russian search engine company. They became my homepage, they added themselves to my drop down of search engines, and they even rewrote some files in the Firefox config to become the default search engine when I typed a phrase in the URL field. I guess that’s one way to get your name out there. And I won’t be sharing their name so you won’t be tempted to check them out. I don’t want the same thing to happen to you!
But let’s say it has. Or let’s say you have been tinkering around in Firefox and have changed a lot of settings and just want to go back to simpler times, when Firefox was fresh out of the box. Well, you can! Here’s how for PC.
Make sure Firefox is closed. You will not get the desired results if a browser window is open while following these steps.
- Click “Start” and then “Run….”
- In the dialogue box, type, “firefox -safe-mode,” making sure that there is a space after “firefox.” This will put Firefox into Safe Mode, which temporarily disables all custom settings, themes and extensions.
- Choose the items you want to restore and reset by checking the boxes.
- To make these changes permanent, click “Make Changes and Restart.”
Your Firefox install is now as good as new and should operate as it did when you first installed it.
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