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DKTaber

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I provide tech support to a friend. It would be an understatement to describe her as "not computer savvy". I've told her probably 50 times to look closely at every screen when doing updates and uncheck the programs that try to piggyback on the update (like Chrome, Bing, Ask.com, etc.), including ones that want to change her browser (Firefox) home page. It doesn't stick. So about once a month, I have to uninstall Chrome, the Ask toolbar, and change her default browser's home page back to Google.

I would like to install something that would block changes to her home page. I put SuperAntiSpyware and SpywareBlaster on her computer. They both have home page protection, but only for IE (why?). Firefox has an add-on called BrowserProtect, but reviews on it are mixed and the most recent reviews are downright scary. I also don't want a program that pops up a message saying "something is trying to change your home page; do you want to allow?" Messages like that only frighten and confuse this person. I just want a one that blocks any change to the home page and allows changes only by opening it and making the change there.

Does such a thing exist for Firefox?
 
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Bless your soul DKTaber :) I live with that women, or one just like her...lol. I finally have her just call me when this takes place so I can show her what to do. It helps now that I am retired and am home all the time.

Good luck :)

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I don't know if this is helpful but there's an add-on called Public Fox that can block changes.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/public-fox/
It looks like it blocks more than I want. Home page change is the only thing I want to block.

The dearth of responses to the question have caused me (minutes ago) to install the BrowserProtect add-on to my Firefox to test it. So far, I'm unimpressed. After installing and restarting FF, I went into Options and changed the home page. No reaction from BrowserProtect. That may be because it only protects when an outside program tries to do it. If that's the case, it's perfect. But I won't know until I need to do an update that has a piggyback home page change associated with it and I do NOT uncheck the checkboxes that allow it to install.
 

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It looks like it blocks more than I want. Home page change is the only thing I want to block.
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.

I'm sorry but I don't have any other suggestions. :)
 

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I'm trying out BrowserProtect right now. Looks promising. It doesn't look too scary to me. If you don't like it, simply disable or remove it. How many times something actually tries to change your homepage without asking first anyway? :confused: :)
 

DKTaber

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I'm trying out BrowserProtect right now. Looks promising. It doesn't look too scary to me. If you don't like it, simply disable or remove it. How many times something actually tries to change your homepage without asking first anyway? :confused: :)
It's not for me; it's for some people who pay no attention to the checkboxes when they run an update. I have had to change the home page back to Google multiple times after they call and tell me "Google isn't working like it used to!" As I said a couple of posts ago, I am trying it on my computer to see how it does.
 

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I go through so many threads when I'm here that sometimes I miss some important details, sorry. Gotta get better glasse! :D
 
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