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Ask.com is my default home page or search engine in Google Chrome. How do I change it?

First make sure you don't have an Ask search app installed, as it may cause the homepage to revert to Ask. If installed, this search app would be in your Chrome Extensions page. Click the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of your browser, then click Settings. On the Settings page, click Extensions on the left hand side, then look through your list of extensions for any search apps made by Ask and remove them by clicking the trash can icon next to the extension.

Once uninstalled, certain extensions remain in Chrome and affect Chrome's default settings. Disabling those extensions will allow Chrome default settings to revert back. To do this, click on the tools menu from the button with three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the the Google Chrome browser, and then click on "Settings" from the drop down menu. 


 

The Settings tab will indicate if an Ask search app is installed, and offer the opportunity to disable it:

If you're using an older version of Chrome, the process will be different. In the Settings window, look at the section titled "On Startup" (shown below). In this section, choose the first option ("Open the new tab page" to have your home page be Chrome's default start page, or leave the third option selected and click "Set pages" to designate a particular home page as your default.

 

Then open a new Chrome tab to verify your changes, as making alterations to these settings doesn't affect any web pages you had open already. 

To change your default search engine in Chrome, return to the Chrome Settings tab and look at the fourth section down, labeled "Search." From the drop-down menu below it, choose any search provider you'd prefer as your default. 

If you require additional assistance, please check out this article:

Why can't I remove the Ask default homepage from my browser?

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  • Topic #: 30015-134
  • Date Created: 3/29/2013
  • Last Modified Since: 9/11/2014
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