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Cannot remove search engines on my Mac. "Remove" button is greyed out. ??

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Tried search reset addon and nothing changed.

Also Firefox seems to change my settings like home page and font size.

I'm not very tech savvy.

Mac Mini running Yosemite 10.10.2

Thanks

Tried search reset addon and nothing changed. Also Firefox seems to change my settings like home page and font size. I'm not very tech savvy. Mac Mini running Yosemite 10.10.2 Thanks

Chosen solution

See this works on MacOSX.

Put this in the Location Bar and hit Enter.

chrome://browser/content/search/engineManager.xul

You can copy and paste that internal "address".

Highlight the search engine that you want to remove, then use the Remove button in the lower-right corner.

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Jon Gregory 30 solutions 242 answers

Would you mind posting up a screenshot? On a mac you can take a screenshot by pressing CMND OPT 4.

Thanks

Jon

Would you mind posting up a screenshot? On a mac you can take a screenshot by pressing CMND OPT 4. Thanks Jon
the-edmeister
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Chosen Solution

See this works on MacOSX.

Put this in the Location Bar and hit Enter.

chrome://browser/content/search/engineManager.xul

You can copy and paste that internal "address".

Highlight the search engine that you want to remove, then use the Remove button in the lower-right corner.

See this works on MacOSX. Put this in the Location Bar and hit Enter. '''chrome://browser/content/search/engineManager.xul''' ''You can copy and paste that internal "address".'' Highlight the search engine that you want to remove, then use the '''Remove''' button in the lower-right corner.

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Jon said

Would you mind posting up a screenshot? On a mac you can take a screenshot by pressing CMND OPT 4. Thanks Jon

I went with the suggested solution and it worked well. Thanks

''Jon [[#answer-698714|said]]'' <blockquote> Would you mind posting up a screenshot? On a mac you can take a screenshot by pressing CMND OPT 4. Thanks Jon </blockquote> I went with the suggested solution and it worked well. Thanks

Question owner

the-edmeister said

See this works on MacOSX. Put this in the Location Bar and hit Enter. chrome://browser/content/search/engineManager.xul You can copy and paste that internal "address". Highlight the search engine that you want to remove, then use the Remove button in the lower-right corner.

Worked like a charm, thanks.

It would seem that I may have an underlying problem so I did a Bitdefender scan and it showed no malware. Any thoughts on what it might be?

''the-edmeister [[#answer-698741|said]]'' <blockquote> See this works on MacOSX. Put this in the Location Bar and hit Enter. '''chrome://browser/content/search/engineManager.xul''' ''You can copy and paste that internal "address".'' Highlight the search engine that you want to remove, then use the '''Remove''' button in the lower-right corner. </blockquote> Worked like a charm, thanks. It would seem that I may have an underlying problem so I did a Bitdefender scan and it showed no malware. Any thoughts on what it might be?
cor-el
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What search engine did you want to remove?

Is that one of the built-in search engines or one that got installed by an extension or otherwise?

What search engine did you want to remove? Is that one of the built-in search engines or one that got installed by an extension or otherwise? *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Search+bar