Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting.

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Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. bfluegie 12/13/09 6:30 AM
All I wanted was to set my default search in IE 8 to Google rather than Bing. Now every time I start my computer my homepage is google.com. I change it in tools/internet options but it keeps changing back to google.com. I must have done something or run an add in of some kind, but whatever it is I want to undo it. Any ideas on how I can get control of my computer back?
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. Jem 12/16/09 11:02 AM
Hi bfluegie,

Setting your default search is slightly different from setting your default homepage. Your default search engine will control what's used to search when you type in the IE8 search box. I'm linking below to instructions for setting Google as your default search in IE8.

Your homepage is the page that will load every time you start the browser. To change that away from Google, just follow these steps:

1. Click Tools.
2. Click Internet Options.
3. In the homepage box, fill in whatever URL you'd like as your homepage.
4. Make sure to click OK to save the setting.

Cheers,
Jem
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. SteveObe 12/17/09 1:29 PM
Jem,  read his post again.  He is changing the setting in internet options and it still changes back to Google.com.  The exact same thing is happeing to me.  I also used gpedit.msc to set a policy for my home page (internal company required page).  The first time I open a browser, the correct page loads, then clicking home or a nother browser window it reverts back to google.com   The setting in tools|options is also changed to google.com
 
This is NOT acceptable behavior on Googles part.
 
Please respond.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. charl39 12/18/09 2:17 AM
Yes, this is completely unacceptable. Exactly the same thing happens to me. I have a custom home page that sits on my hard drive as an html file; I set my home page to this file in tools/internet options. But as soon as I click 'home', Google sets itself as my home page. It's INCREDIBLY annoying.
 
I have the Google toolbar loaded, am using IE8, and WinXP SP3. I could uninstall the Google toolbar, but why should I?
 
Please find a solution to this!
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. Jem 12/18/09 9:24 AM
Sorry if I misunderstood the original question. Could you send along some additional details so I can keep investigating?

- Could you try clearing your cache and deleting your cookies (instructions linked)?
- What is the exact URL of the Google homepage you're seeing? Is it www.gooogle.com? Or something longer? Please paste it.
- charl39 mentioned he's using Google Toolbar. Are the rest of you?

Thanks for any additional info!
Jem
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. alee780 12/18/09 1:32 PM
I am also having the same issue. I am running the google toolbar. The webpage it keeps resetting to is http://www.google.com/. This just started a couple days ago and on just one of my computers. Both are running the toolbar but the one with the issue has Vista and the one that is clean has XP.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. alee780 12/18/09 1:34 PM
Meant to add I tried deleting my cache and cookies with no results.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. charl39 12/21/09 5:20 AM
Jem,
 
Thanks for taking an interest at least.
 
In my case the home page is set to http://www.google.co.uk/. I tried deleting cache and cookies (specifically the google ones) - same result.
 
Specifically what happens is this: if I reset the home page to my preferred one, then close IE, then delete the cache and cookies, then reload IE, it loads correctly. However: if I sign into Google, then click Home, it goes to google.co.uk. It looks as though the act of signing into Google is setting the home page. 
 
XP SP3, IE8, Google Toolbar
 
Can attach the cookie files if you wish.
 
Cheers
Charl39
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. charl39 12/21/09 5:22 AM
PS. When I delete the cache and cookies, I delete them properly - not via IE, but using a third-party cache and index.dat cleaner, so I know they're not hanging around somewhere.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. Jem 12/22/09 8:56 AM
Thanks for the info, everyone. I'll take a closer look and post back if I have more information to share.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. brianrose 12/22/09 5:14 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm Brian from the Toolbar team. Jem asked me to jump in since this sounds like a Toolbar issue. To help me troubleshoot this, it'd be helpful if you let me know the following:

- Is Toolbar's "Use Google as my homepage" setting enabled? To check, click the wrench icon and look in the Search features section. Is the setting greyed out?

- What version of Toolbar are you running? To check, click the wrench icon drop-down menu then choose "About Google Toolbar."

- Does your homepage change when you sign in to your Google Account?

Thanks,

Brian
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. brianrose 12/22/09 5:46 PM
And thanks Charl39 for already letting me know signing in to your Google Account changes your homepage. Is everyone else on this thread seeing the same thing?

In addition to the questions above, can you also let me know if temporarily disabling the Sync feature allows you to change your homepage away from Google? To disable Sync, sign in to your Google Account and click the green dot icon, then choose "Restrict Google Toolbar settings to this computer."
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. alee780 12/23/09 7:10 AM
I have restricted the settings (they were already on that setting. I'm running toolbar version
Version: 6.3.1106.427/en (GGLL)
Notifier Version: 5.4.4525.1752.
The button to set google as my homepage is greyed out and it allows me no access to change it. I see no change whether I'm signed in to my google account or if I'm not.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. brianrose 12/23/09 2:26 PM
Try manually changing your homepage to IE8's default by following these steps:

1. Click the IE "Tools" menu, then choose "Internet Options.
2. In the Homepage section, click "Use Default."
3. Click "OK."

Now click Toolbar's wrench icon to return to the Toolbar Options menu. Is 'Use Google as my home page' now un-checked? Does it remember your preference if you exit then restart IE8?
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. ru4him 12/28/09 6:49 AM
I am having the same exact problem and it reeks of self-centered business practices from Google.
 
Brian, to answer your question...I have changed my homepage in IE8 as you describe many times...but when I close and re-open IE8 my homepage is reset to google.com.
 
If I go into the Toolbar Options,  'Use Google as my home page' is checked and GRAYED OUT.  So I cannot change it.
 
Has Google slipped over to the dark-side of shady business practices?  Why would you EVER gray out that box anyway!  Any and all users should always have the option of changing their homepage!
 
I hope to receive a workable solution soon...
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. ru4him 12/28/09 7:09 AM
I figured out how to fix it for me at least.  I uninstalled the toolbar, closed all browsers, then opened a new browser and re-downloaded the toolbar...AND I DID NOT CHECK "MAKE GOOGLE MY DEFAULT HOME PAGE" for sure!
 
Now my homepage doesn't get hijacked and  'Use Google as my home page' option is NOT grayed out anymore...and it isn't checked.
 
Hope that helps someone.
 
Joe
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. brianrose 12/28/09 12:16 PM
Thanks for your feedback, Joe. I'll look into why this option is grayed out, but on my version manually switching my homepage in IE8 re-enables (or un-grays out) the option in Toolbar. I don't mean to be arrogant or self-centered, and I take your feedback seriously because it's the only way we can continue to improve our products.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. alee780 12/28/09 4:34 PM
I tried the method you described brian but although the option appeared greyed out originally after I closed the browser and restarted the option was greyed out again.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. ru4him 12/28/09 5:48 PM
Thanks Brian,

Glad to hear it isn't supposed to work the way it did for me.  All is well now though...

Sorry if I seemed a little cocky...Google is a good company and I enjoy its products.

Joe
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. Deep Space Man 1/5/10 2:57 PM
(Note: I posted this same response on another message thread as well)
I am also having this issue.  I have tried the approach suggested by stmichaelsgate but to no avail.  I am able to temporarily change the homepage to my company's default homepage but it is very quickly (within a few minutes) switched back.  The option on the main toolbar configuration page titled "Use Google as my home page" is checked but it is grayed out thus preventing me from unchecking it.  I un/reinstalled it twice, both time being very careful to make sure that the option to "use google as my home page" was not checked on the download page.  The two installs were done two different ways: 1) direct install (i.e. run) from the download page and, 2) downloaded the install application and ran it from my local machine.  Both had the same result.
 
Also note that, although it may have no bearing on this issue, the installation app did pop up a warning dialog saying that I needed to close and restart IE in order to install the latest version of the Toolbar.  This is probably always required but I thought I would mention it just in case.
 
Operating system: XP
Browser: IE8.0.6001.18702IC
Current Toolbar version:
Version: 6.4.1208.1530/en (GGLL)
Notifier Version: 5.5.4723.1820
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. SteveObe 1/15/10 4:03 AM
BrianRose; I have another question posted on this issue.  I can give you my details here or on my posting of the issue.
I went into google options and saw that Set Google to home page was checked and grayed out.   I was logged into google at the time. 
Went to IE settings and click on default for home page.  Closed and re-open browser to correct home page.   Check Google wrench settings and the google home page option was checked and grayed out again, so it will change back on refresh.
Green Dot option shows "Access anywhere" so this feature is turned off.
 
XP
IE Version 8.0.6001.18702IC
Google toolbar
Version: 6.3.1106.427/en (GGLD)
Notifier Version: 5.4.4525.1752
 
I will experiment with logging out next.
 
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. SteveObe 1/15/10 4:32 AM

BrianRose:  I did some more testing.

Google set as home page  http://www.google.com/ig?hl=en
Use Google as my home page is checked and grayed out.
I am not logged into Google.

Go into IE options and click use default, click apply, click OK.  home page shows as correct page
Close browser
Open browser and correct home page shows.
IE options shows google as the home page.
Google options show checked for google home page and grayed out.
Make no changes, and close browser with corner X

Launch browser and get IE popup saying my last browsing session closed unexpectedly.  Would you like to restore your last session, or go to your home page?
If I select go to my homepage, it loads google.com.  If I select "Restore last session" it will go to the correct home page.
It is interesting that I think I started to get these closed unexpectedly notices about the same time that Google started reverting to my home page.
It appears that the "Closed unexpectedly" show up after the home page was modified.  I get this warning a lot but have not been able to figure out why.  Now that I can trigger it, I suspect it is related to our group policies changing the home page and then Google toolbar changing it back. 

I am using Symantec Client Firewall.  I disabled the firewall and repeated the testing.
Changed home page to IE default.
Closed browser, opened to correct homepage without "Closed unexpectedly" warning.
Closed browser, opened to Google and I got the "Closed unexpectedly"warning.


Firewall still disabled:
Logged into Gmail account through google talk.
Google still set as home page, but now it goes to http://www.google.com/ and my Igoogle page
Use google as home page checked and grayed out.
close browser, Open and received "closed unexpectedly" warning.  Click go to home page, but not signed into my home page.
I do not have it set to keep me logged in, so this does not appear to be a factor.

 

Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. SteveObe 1/15/10 12:30 PM
Un-installed google toolbar and the problem is gone.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. jlw0003 1/17/10 9:28 PM
I actuall want google as my home page, but only google classic. When I switch to google clasic and set as the home page it is fine, until i use igoogle. As soon as i go to igoogle it hijacks my home page to my last viewed igoogle page. If i close IE8 and re-open, igoogle is the home page. How do i just keep the classic home page.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. Kaleh 1/18/10 4:00 AM
@jlw0003

You should be able to click on Classic Home before you close your browser, and Google should remember that.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. Kaleh 1/18/10 4:08 AM
To anyone subscribed to this thread who did get an email response of a now "missing" post ... my apologies.  It was unrelated to this discussion, in any way,  and should not have appeared here.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. jlw0003 1/18/10 10:34 AM
Kaleh,
I have re-set the page to Classic many times and it does open to that the next time I open IE*. But if I then view igoogle, it reverts back to igoogle as the home page. I even "Removed" igoogle as the home page from the Home Page button. Same result. Seems that the only way to not have igoogle as the home page is to totally disable igoogle and never use it.
 
In the process also found that "Removing" google in this manner (Home Page button) does ungery and deselect the google home page button that everyone mentioned above. Probably does not stay that way for long though as google seems to be trying very hard to invade systems more than microsoft.
 
Perhaps this is all done through the updaters. I found in my Task Manager that three different Google Updater prgrams are set to run automatically, two daily and one hourly! Who knows what these are really updating! 
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. Kaleh 1/18/10 11:13 AM
I may be missing something here, but I think that things are functioning as Google intends.

I have my browser home page set to [http://www.google.com].  Normally, when I open my browser, it will display the Google Classic Home page.

However, if I toggle over to iGoogle (rarely do I do this) and forget to toggle back to Classic Home before I close my browser, the next time I open my browser, my Google cookie will remember that I last used iGoogle and will open to the iGoogle page instead of the Classic Home page.

Many people are frustrated by this, because it does not seem logical to them.  However, what I am experiencing is by design.

When you say, "But if I then view igoogle, it reverts back to igoogle as the home page" are you saying that your browser options setting actually changes to a URL with "iGoogle" in it?  Or ... are you just describing the fact that the browser will open and display the iGoogle page instead of the Classic Home page? 

To confirm my understanding (and experience), please see Paul's comments in the following discussion.  If I have misunderstood something about your situation, and this does not apply ... try me again.

Google steals my pages and violates my control on my computer
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web+Search/thread?tid=5720cb0b97df917a&hl=en#all
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. jlw0003 1/18/10 12:34 PM
Paul's comments are exactly what is happening and I agree fully with quakducker. A home page supposed to be just what it is by deffinition--the page that the browser goes to every time you open it. Not the last page one visited. How presumptous of google to re-define the accepted definition of "home" page. 
Let me pick tha page I want.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. james.ewing 1/27/10 2:07 PM
I recently downloaded ie 8 from a google link (that pointed to a *.google.com URL).  I figured "Great, I'll download the program from Google and the tool bar will be installed automagically!  Thanks Google!"  Then I tried to change my home page to my.yahoo.com (yes i love the look and the various news outlets and have been using it for years).  I was allowed to change the home page but every time my browser was closed and reopened it changes back to google.com.  I have NEVER had google.com as my home page.  So I went one step further and actually went into my registry and deleted (yes, they put them in the registry) all of the google.com references to IE.  That seemed to work for a while but now they're back!  Fantastic!  If you are trying to drive your users (and advertising audience) away from google you are doing a fantastic job!  My next step will be to unistall the google provided IE 8, clean the registry and start over from scratch.  Still debating on whether or not I'll reinstall the TOOL. 
 
 
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. ntendon 2/2/10 1:42 AM
I got the same issue. Even though I have tried every way but google keeps coming back as my default home page. And this is so annoying. I may have to uninstall all google apps from my computer.
Re: Google keeps setting my home page to google.com. I want a different home page, but it keeps resetting. SuedeNym 8/15/10 5:19 PM
Lateral thought:
go to Google.com home page
click on 'go to Google uk' (under search bar)
on Google UK home page
click File in task bar
click 'send to ...'
click 'desktop as shortcut'
a Google icon will then appear on your desktop
click on it and it will bring you straight to Google UK
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