Removing AVG Secure Search as Search Engine in Firefox

by Venkat eswarlu on September 5, 2011

in Firefox,Troubleshooting

If you installed AVG antivirus recently, you may observe AVG Secure Search showing the search results when searched from Firefox navigation bar instead of default search engine set by user such as Google, this is due install of AVG Security Toolbar in your Computer. Even though you uninstalled AVG and its toolbar you’ll get search results by AVG Secure Search. Here is how to remove AVG Secure Search as a Search Engine and let your default search engine to search for you from location bar.

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#1. First make sure default search engine is selected and enabled from the search bar in Firefox.

#2. Remove AVG related extensions if any still exists and appear in Firefox browser.

Removing AVG Secure Search from Firefox

1. Type “about:config” in the address bar and proceed by agreeing to the warning.

2. Now type keyword.URL in the Filter box

3. Right-click on the Keyword.URL preference shown and click Reset button.

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This will fix the things. Now go ahead and select and Reset the values for the below entries.

  • browser.search.selectedEngine
  • browser.search.defaulturl
  • browser.search.defaultenginename

Update: With AVG 2013 installation, AVG Secure Search will be set as default search engine and home page  for Chrome, IE and Firefox browser. To completely remove AVG Secure Search and its related components from your system and affected browsers follow the below link.

Uninstall/Completely Remove AVG Secure Search from your Computer and Browsers

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Andy October 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

worked perfectly thanks.

Why is it every decent bit of saftware feels the need to ruin itself by adding all sorts of stuff you don’t want.

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dan January 4, 2012 at 4:41 am

You know you’d probably get a better response from traffic if you did a step by step version for all the noobs out there, who don’t know how to find and delete avg extension, which probably makes up the majority of viewers

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me March 1, 2012 at 1:46 am

Thanks! That did !

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szisz March 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

thank god it worked! it was sooooooo annoying! thanks

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Gabkicks March 9, 2012 at 1:33 am

Thanks!!!

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Bartek March 11, 2012 at 5:21 am

Thanks a lot. It is really works. Thank You:-)

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Juliana September 4, 2012 at 4:02 am

Thanks so much. worked like a charm…

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Venkat September 4, 2012 at 5:47 am

you’re welcome, FYI I’ve also covered how to remove AVG Secure Search from Chrome and Internet Explorer as well you may like to check the following link.
http://techdows.com/2012/08/uninstallcompletely-remove-avg-secure-search-from-your-computer-and-browsers.html

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