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I cannot remove the Yahoo toolbar. it does not appear as an add on
I have the latest version of Firefox (33.1). I want to remove the yahoo toolbar and disable the yahoo seach function from the address bar (and replace it with google). But when I go to add ons, there is no yahoo in either the plug ins or extebsions. So I cannot delete/remove. What should I do Thanks
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It might just be that your search bar (the bar to the right of the address bar) is set to Yahoo, try changing it back to Google. To do that, on the search bar click the icon or the down triangle to display the list of search engines, and select Google from that list.
If that doesn't fix your problems, did you download Firefox from the official Mozilla site? Sometimes if you search on Google or any search provider, they sometimes have "Advertised links" which are sometimes Firefox bundles that have been slightly modified/shipped with malicious software.
If you did download from a different website and believe that to be the cause, you can report the link here:
Check your list of install programs in Windows - Control Panel > Programs and Features. Usually malware comes bundled with other applications, so if you sort by date and see several applications installed at the same day, it may be easier to find suspicious applications that way.
You can try the Search Reset Tool. It is an extension that will reset your home page, new tab and search settings back to the default then uninstall itself. If you find that its changes are being undone, please see the article How to fix preferences that won't save.
If none of the above work, and you don't have too many extensions, you can also try the Reset Firefox feature which can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your bookmarks, history, passwords, cookies, and other essential information. Note: After resetting Firefox, you will lose any extensions, toolbar customizations, and some preferences. See the Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings article for more information.