Oh how I hate Comcast, let me count the ways. Beyond frequent drops, poor service, terrible billing and mass confusion, hysteria and poor technical understanding at Comcast’s technical support I have found a new reason to dislike this corporation with a monopoly in my region. Specifically, I installed Comcast at a commercial facility recently and used my laptop as the tech did not bring equipment to perform the installation (at the wrong date and time). So, he requested I install the Comcast “software” to perform the installation. I did this and we were able to get everything working after some time with him on the phone with Business Class support to get our fixed IP configured.
The next time I used the laptop, I found that all browsers had been unknowingly and unwillingly commandeered by an Xfinity default home page and Xfinity default search. Seriously Comcast? On to the removal.
For the homepage change, go to the Firefox button in the upper left or Tools if you are still using a menu bar. Choose options from tools or options then options from the Firefox button. In the General Tab, you can choose what firefox does when it opens. Xfinity will have set it to their link and you simply change this to nothing or back to default.
For the search change, click the down arrow in the upper right search box where you see the Xfinity logo. You should see Xfinity listed as well as an option to manage search engines. Choose manage search engines, select Xfinity and remove.
Google Chrome Removal
For the homepage change click on the three bars at the top right of Google Chrome which is their menu. Then choose settings from this menu. You will see an option that says on startup. You can click the set pages blue text to change the default web page or open new tab or continue where i left off.
For the search engine change, click on the manage search engines button under search. Click on the search engine you want as default then click make default. Select Xfinity and click the X on the right to delete this service/option.
Internet Explorer 8 Removal
For the homepage change, click on the gear icon in the upper right to bring up the settings, then choose internet options. On the general table there is a homepage box where you can use default, blank or change the Xfinity option.
For the search engine change, on the general tab there is a change search defaults row with a settings button. Click this and then remove the Xfinity system and choose your desired default option.
These methods are changing with time and I didn’t choose to do screenshots in this walk-through but I hope it will help some people who might not otherwise know how to remedy this Comcast blunder.