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Old 08-25-2016, 05:28 AM   #1
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how to remove programmes


I recently installed "Gomovimix", it is to download TV shows, movies etc. Unfortunately, it appears to be a browser hijack. Google search no longer works. I can only use the address bar. I have looked through "search your computer", but there is no reference at all to this programme, so I have been unable to remove it. Can some one advise please, I just want rid of it and restore Firefox browser to normal, (with Google search). I tried removing and re- installing Firefox, but the problem is still there. Many thanks.
 
Old 08-25-2016, 06:37 AM   #2
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Hi,

Uninstalling never removes user data. to remove your profile data, remove everything in ~/.mozilla/firefox (~ means your user's home directory),

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Old 08-25-2016, 07:14 AM   #3
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It's always safest to stick to the programs in your distro's repository. I see you use Ubuntu, which has huge repositories; you shouldn't need to go outside them for software.
 
Old 08-25-2016, 07:51 AM   #4
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Hi,

Uninstalling never removes user data. to remove your profile data, remove everything in ~/.mozilla/firefox (~ means your user's home directory),

Serafean.
Indeed.

As a quick aside, this is a bugbear of mine. There are, generally, three aspects of an application that are installed on a Linux system - the application itself, its configuration files specific to your system, and its configuration/data files specific to you the user.

Normally, when you remove an installed application with a simple apt-get remove application (I'll only talk about systems that use the APT package manager here), the system only removes the first of these - all configuration remains.

If instead you issue a apt-get purge application command, both the application and its system-specific configuration files are removed.

So which apt-get command can be used to remove everything regarding an application, including the user-specific configuration files? Answer: there isn't one.

Instead, to delete the user-specific configuration and data files, the user must look in ~, ~/.cache, ~/.config, and ~/.local (perhaps others, but these are the ones I always look in), for folders and files specific to the application they want to delete. And, furthermore, in order to do this, the user needs to be able to list hidden files, either by using the ls -a option on the command line, or by using e.g. ctrl-h in a file manager.

For someone who is more experienced, this is easy to do, but for a new or naive user, it's not intuitive at all. There should be some way, preferably in apt-get, to say "Hey, I want to remove an application and *all* of its configuration and data files. Don't leave anything. You got me, system?".

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Old 08-25-2016, 10:18 AM   #5
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Quote:
Unfortunately, it appears to be a browser hijack. Google search no longer works. I can only use the address bar. I have looked through "search your computer", but there is no reference at all to this programme, so I have been unable to remove it. Can some one advise please, I just want rid of it and restore Firefox browser to normal, (with Google search). I tried removing and re- installing Firefox, but the problem is still there. Many thanks.
Open a terminal and do this in your home directory:
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~/find . -iname .mozilla -type d -exec rm -fr {} \;
launch firefox again. If it doesn't work as you wanted, post back what happened.

For newbies it is worthwhile reading a well written tutorial to get acquainted with the files, directories and file system. Download this tutorial and read offline.

Hope that helps. Good luck and enjoy.

m.m.
 
Old 08-25-2016, 03:25 PM   #6
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Open a terminal and do this in your home directory:
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~/find . -iname .mozilla -type d -exec rm -fr {} \;
launch firefox again. If it doesn't work as you wanted, post back what happened.

For newbies it is worthwhile reading a well written tutorial to get acquainted with the files, directories and file system. Download this tutorial and read offline.

Hope that helps. Good luck and enjoy.

m.m.
thanks for replying. I tried your advice, but keep getting same message, "no such file or directory" Anything else I could try, otherwise considering re- install the OS.
 
Old 08-25-2016, 03:54 PM   #7
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It looks like GoMovix is a browser add on. Did you try the following?

Open the Firefox Menu and click Add-ons.

Search for the Search By goMovix add-on and click Remove next to it.

Might be old information but look for a .xpi file.

Last edited by michaelk; 08-25-2016 at 04:05 PM.
 
Old 08-25-2016, 04:32 PM   #8
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thanks for replying. I tried your advice, but keep getting same message, "no such file or directory" Anything else I could try, otherwise considering re- install the OS.
That's because the poster included an extraneous ~/ at the start, presumably that being their command prompt string. If you remove those two characters, it should be ok (but, as with all deletions, be careful).
 
Old 08-25-2016, 04:41 PM   #9
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thanks for replying. I tried your advice, but keep getting same message, "no such file or directory" Anything else I could try, otherwise considering re- install the OS.
When you installed it, did you give the password for sudo? No? Then it cannot be anywhere in the system, the only place it can be is your home directory. So the total solution would not be reinstalling the OS, but creating a new user with clean home directory.
 
Old 08-25-2016, 04:44 PM   #10
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True, check your user directory.
~/.mozilla/extensions
 
Old 08-26-2016, 03:41 AM   #11
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I recently installed "Gomovimix", it is to download TV shows, movies etc. Unfortunately, it appears to be a browser hijack. Google search no longer works. I can only use the address bar. I have looked through "search your computer", but there is no reference at all to this programme, so I have been unable to remove it. Can some one advise please, I just want rid of it and restore Firefox browser to normal, (with Google search). I tried removing and re- installing Firefox, but the problem is still there. Many thanks.
Many thanks to all those who responded. Found the 'offending item' in Firefox extensions and removed it. Just checked that all is working and glad to say, it is. PROBLEM SOLVED! Again thanks.
 
Old 08-26-2016, 03:42 AM   #12
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Many thanks to all those who responded. Found the 'offending item' in Firefox extensions and removed it. Just checked that all is working and glad to say, it is. PROBLEM SOLVED! Again thanks.
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It looks like GoMovix is a browser add on. Did you try the following?

Open the Firefox Menu and click Add-ons.

Search for the Search By goMovix add-on and click Remove next to it.

Might be old information but look for a .xpi file.
 
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