Users of the popular IncrediMail may have noticed that the service has modified the default search engine and homepage of the Firefox web browser after installation. The free version of IncrediMail will make those changes to the Internet browser unless you select the custom installation option during program installation and uncheck the "Make MyStart by IncrediMail my default search engine" and "Make MyStart by IncrediMail my homepage".
If you do not, you end up with a new home page that opens up in the browser and a new default search engine. Let me show you how you can reverse the changes if you have missed to uncheck the options during the installation of the mail program for Windows.
Open the Firefox web browser and click on Firefox > Options to open the preferences of the web browser. Click on General if the tab is not already active and locate the Home Page preference here. Here you have the following three options:
You can edit the Home Page field manually as well. You can even add multiple home pages in the browser by separating them with " | ", e.g. https://www.ghacks.net/ | http://www.loginhelper.com/
The search engine may have also been modified. When you run searches in Firefox, you may notice that they use the IncrediMail MyStart search engine and not the default search engine, e.g. Google or Bing, that you have used before the program installation.
If the search form is displayed in the browser next to the address bar do the following:
Click on the down arrow next to the search engine's name and select the search engine that you want to use in Firefox. If the form is not displayed, do the following:
IncrediMail monitors the home page and default search engine setting and will notify you if they have been modified so that MyStart is no longer the home page or search engine. You need to modify two program settings to block those notifications.
Once you have made the final change your system setting's should be back to normal. If you have any issues with the procedure or additional tips and information let me know in the comments.
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