Keep your homepage after a Firefox update


Q: I use Firefox as my web browser and IGHome for my homepage. About every month Firefox updates itself and when it does it replaces my IGHome page with another page. The only way to recover it is to perform a system restore. How can I fix this?

— Michelle W., Jupiter

A: It looks like you might not have set IGHome as your desired homepage in Firefox. For this reason, when Firefox is updated (which happens frequently, it must be said), Firefox replaces your homepage with one of its choice instead of keeping your favorite IGHhome page as a starting point.

This can be fixed by telling Firefox to keep IGHome as your homepage of choice in your browser settings. To do this, launch Firefox and load your IGHome page in the browser. After that, copy your homepage URL by highlighting it in the address bar with your cursor and pressing CTRL+C on your keyboard (to copy the address).

After that, click on the three stacked bars in the upper right corner of the Firefox browser window (under the “X” to close the window). This will open the main browser menu, and from there click on “Settings” – this will open the Browser Settings panel in a new tab.

In this tab, click on “Home” in the left navigation area, then in the center, find the subcategory called “Home”. There, you’ll see a line that says “Home Page and New Windows” with a drop-down menu next to it. Click on the drop-down menu and then on the selection that says “Custom URLs”. A space will appear below this header when you do so – place your cursor there, then paste (CTRL+V on keyboard) the URL you copied earlier from your IGHome page, then close the Settings tab. This will set your IGHome page as your Firefox homepage of choice from now on, whether Firefox updates in the future or not. To load it if it does not appear, simply click on the “Home” (house) icon in the main Firefox navigation bar.

Regarding the use of System Restore to fix this problem: it is a tool that helps you restore your system to a more stable state in the event of a failure or data corruption due to an update or faulty installation of the system or program. In this case, that doesn’t happen and instead of fixing the problem using System Restore, you’re actually removing the latest Firefox update that was just installed and also telling Firefox to try to install this same update again in the near future. It’s kind of a useless cycle, if you will. Instead of using System Restore to fix this problem, try the information provided above instead.

By the way: IGHome was a customizable homepage feature introduced by Google around 2005. While it’s still up and running and available to use in any browser these days, it’s worth noting that IGHome has not been technically supported by Google or any other company since 2012. Although you don’t have to stop using it for this reason, switch to the Google Chrome browser and use the customizable Google homepage standard available on this one may be an easier way to maintain a custom homepage in the future.

If you are interested, Google Chrome can be downloaded for free from the following URL: https://www.google.com/chrome/downloads/

Guidance for setting up a custom homepage with Chrome browser (free Google account creation and login required) can be found here: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95314?hl=en&co=GENIE. Platform%3DDesktop

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