Every so often, a program we install will substitute an unwanted toolbar or default search engine in Firefox and we do not want it there. What is a Firefox user to do? All you need to do is follow a few simple steps and keep a few things in mind next time you install a third party program or visit an unfamiliar website.
Toolbars that are added without our knowledge are annoying. The first place to check to uninstall an unwanted third party toolbar is the Install/Uninstall programs section of your computer’s operating system. If not there, then I would check and see if you can use Firefox’s built in Add-on Manager to remove the toolbar.
To uninstall a toolbar from the Firefox Add-ons Manager, follow these steps:
- Click the Firefox Button and then click Add-ons. This will make the Add-on Manager window pop up.
- Next, in the Add-on Manager tab, select Extensions
- Now select the toolbar (if listed) that you wish to remove. Click the button labeled, “Remove”.
- If it comes up, click Restart Now. This will restart the Firefox browser and remove the toolbar.
The best advice I can give you to make sure you do not find yourself in this situation is to pay attention when you are installing programs to make sure you are not agreeing to browser changes without your knowledge. For example, I know when you update Java – it asks you if you want to install the ask.com toolbar.
If your default search engine has been changed, you might check out this post on changing your default search engine in Firefox.