21 April 2012

Fix Firefox Search Hijacker

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Pardon the mess.

Have you had an experience where you are trying to browse something and then suddenly your Firefox browser redirects you to a different URL? Whenever you make a search or you misspelled a URL, it redirects you to another URL. This usually happens when a user installs a plug-in for Firefox which hijacks every searched keywords the user uses. This plugin is a hijacker application. You don't need to worry because it is not worst as it seems though when not properly handled it may harm your computer when you continue to browse with this issue still on hand. It's best to fix it before it gets worst. Here are some of the hijackers I've encountered:

Yahoo - keeps on hijacking my misspelled URL and redirects me to their website for hosting purposes. 

Hotspot Shield - is quite random, sometimes you are on a trusted website and then when you click on a picture you are suddenly sent to search of hotspot shield.

It is very easy to fix and there are no need to install any other application. Just follow these steps:
  1. Open a new tab on your Firebox browser.
  2. Type about:config
  3. On the search box, type keyword.URL
  4. Once you found what you are looking for, right-click on the item and choose Reset.
  5. Now enjoy your browsing once again.
Hope this helps your problem.

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