How to Get Rid of AOL Homepage & Internet Options

When AOL Instant Messenger is installed on your computer, you may find that the homepage changes in your web browser if the default installation options are selected. Additionally, the default search engine used when you attempt to browse to a site that does not exist is changed to the AOL Web search. Remove the AOL homepage and Web search from Internet Explorer or Firefox to return your browser to its original configuration.

  1. Removing AOL Search in Internet Explorer

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      Browse to the website that you want to use as your homepage, then click "Tools" and "Internet Options."

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      Click the "Use Current" button under "Home Page." Your original homepage is restored.

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      Click the "Settings" button under "Search."

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      Click the search engine that you want to use for the default, then click "Set Default."

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      Click "OK" in each open window.

    Removing AOL Search in Firefox

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      Click "Tools," then "Options."

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      Type the address of the website that you want to use as your homepage in the "Home Page" box, then click "OK."

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      Type "about:config" without the quotation marks into the Firefox address bar and press "Enter." Click the button labeled "I'll be careful, I promise!"

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      Type "aol" into the "Filter" box at the top of the window. Each bold value that appears in the window is a configuration option changed by AOL Instant Messenger.

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      Right-click on each bold value and click "Reset." Each option is returned to its original value.

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      Click "Tools," then click "Add-ons."

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      Click the "Uninstall" button next to "AIM Toolbar." Click "Uninstall" again to confirm, then click "Restart Firefox."

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      Click the down-facing arrow next to the AOL Instant Messenger icon in the search bar at the top of the screen, then click "Manage Search Engines."

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      Click "AIM Search" and click "Remove."

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      Click the search engine that you want to have in the search bar, then click "OK." Firefox is fully restored to its default settings.

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