But I had missed the key step!! You helped me realizing that I HAD NEGLECTED to also remove the DEFAULT DT SEARCH install from the installed W7 program list. I missed it stupidely enough, andi should have sorted the list of installs by date: it would have popped obvious that this WAS the latest install of this malicious suite, which installed against my will during a legitimate freeware download.
Adding an extra layer of two-facedness to life is a step backwards, not forwards, IMHO. Speaking from experience of what it is like to be watched constantly (in a given context, community etc, pre-internet) and the damage done to one's humanity is SEVERE. Or some derivation of 'severe'. This is the thing: depending on how conformist one is [born to be]. Hence why scared, overly-conformist people who think this makes them safe, think that no harm can be done by being watched all the time. They value conformity and don't realise that taking that too far makes humans into robots and creates fascism etc.
Trust and privacy are the biggest reasons to leave Google and its search algorithm behind. There is no beating about the bush. The sheer number of searches conducted every single day by Google is astonishing. They hold tens of exabytes of data on every subject matter you’d care to think of. And your personal data, your personal searches, your obscure, seemingly trivial or highly embarrassing searches, are in there too.
#With all browsers closed, in Windows Control Panel > Programs and Features (or Add or Remove Programs), if you see "Default Tab" remove it #Start Firefox and verify that "Default Tab" is not in Add-ons > Extensions; if it is click to "Remove" then restart Firefox. #You '''''may''''' need to set your home page in Firefox if a search page leading to "Search Results" or "My Search Results" appears when starting Firefox - https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/How%20to%20set%20the%20home%20page #You '''''may''''' need to remove "Search Results" or "My Search Results" from your list of installed search engines in the Search Bar in the upper right (click on the image at the left end of the Search Bar and choose "Manage Search Engines") - https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/search-bar-easily-choose-your-search-engine#w_removing-a-search-engine #You '''''may''''' need to reset your default search engine used in the Location/URL bar search by resetting the preference '''keyword.URL''' - https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/search-web-address-bar#w_changing-the-internet-keyword-service #*How to use '''''about:config''''' - http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config #You '''''may''''' need to reset a preference if "Search Results" or "My Search Results" is appearing as a search engine every time you open a new tab (follow steps 1-4 below the image to determine what opens when you click to open a new tab; see '''''about:config''''' usage above) - https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/new-tab-page-show-hide-and-customize-top-sites#w_how-do-i-turn-the-new-tab-page-off ---------------------------------- Other - You should check your Plugins and update as needed. #Check your Plugins - https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/ #'''''Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 22.214.171.1245''''' (not the same as Flash/Flash Player/Shockwave Flash) #*http://kb.mozillazine.org/Shockwave #*Download, save to your hard drive, close all browsers, run the installer you saved to your hard drive - http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/thankyou/
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