On the ask search engine: it's possible that you may have had the browser open or was still running in the back ground when you removed it causing the open settings(ones in memory) to overwrite the changes.
On the BSD: Normally it's recommended to reboot twice after installing an antivirus/firewall one for the program and one for the drivers. The drivers are sometimes still there after the first reboot which may have caused a conflict somewhere in there.
Oh, okay. Thanks.
By the way, how'd ya change your name?