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I Make google my default search engine and yahoo takes over imediately. I think it is some kind of adware and see no yahoo ad-ons. What do I do?

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no matter what I do when I search with google whether it be in the search bar to the left of the url dialog or on the actual google homepage yahoo takes over within seconds and searches their pages. I have google set as my default search engine too so it makes no sense unless there is some kind of malware. I am using a mac with the newest version of firefox and the newest version of mac os high sierra as of may 2018. ANy, help would be great... thanks

no matter what I do when I search with google whether it be in the search bar to the left of the url dialog or on the actual google homepage yahoo takes over within seconds and searches their pages. I have google set as my default search engine too so it makes no sense unless there is some kind of malware. I am using a mac with the newest version of firefox and the newest version of mac os high sierra as of may 2018. ANy, help would be great... thanks

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FredMcD
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Type about:addons<enter> in the address bar to open your Add-ons Manager. Hot key; (<Control> [Mac=<Command>] <Shift> A)

In the Add-ons Manager, on the left, select Extensions. Remove “ yahoo “ Anything.

Also remove SafeSearch, SearchAssist Incognito, FileConverter Addon, SearchLock, DiscreteSearch, WebSearch, Findwide Search Engine

Now do the same in the computer’s Programs Folder.

Windows: Start > Control Panel > Uninstall Programs. Mac: Open the Applications folder. Linux: Check your user manual.

Type '''about:addons'''<enter> in the address bar to open your Add-ons Manager. Hot key; '''(<Control> ''[Mac=<Command>]'' <Shift> A) ''' In the Add-ons Manager, on the left, select '''Extensions. ''' Remove “ yahoo “ '''Anything. ''' Also remove SafeSearch, SearchAssist Incognito, FileConverter Addon, SearchLock, DiscreteSearch, WebSearch, Findwide Search Engine Now do the same in the computer’s '''Programs Folder. ''' '''Windows:''' Start > Control Panel > Uninstall Programs. '''Mac:''' Open the '''Applications''' folder. '''Linux:''' Check your user manual.
Stamp My Art 0 solutions 3 answers

Nothing in my Addons > "extenstions" folder had anything remotely Yahoo -- I had long, long ago deleted when Firefox force the Yahoo SEO, but for some random reason 3 days ago, my searches started being only Yahoo. Same as OP...even if I specifically forced Google home page and did search from there it immediately switched to Yahoo. I haven't downloaded any programs, haven't clicked on any links...when Firefox reopened my previously saved pages from the day before I noticed the problem, Google searches were still showing the "G" Icon, but any new searches switched to Yahoo. Sorry, but Yahoo is inferior to Google for the searches I need and I'm not sure what happened that made the switch.

Thus far the part where it said remove SAFESearch.... is what I did... as of this moment it appears to be working. I say appears, because yesterday I was getting an 80/20 shot at seeing Google appear vs Yahoo (Yahoo being the 80%) when I forced it...hoping this changes it to be 100% Google.

I do not know what caused this change as previously stated, nothing DL, nothing clicked, nothing on my side changed, Yahoo deleted long ago as a SEO, and Google long ago forced as Default....so, I'm hoping Firefox either looks into whatever changes they keep forcing on people and hiding somewhere we can't find or I'm going to switch to Google as a Browser instead. Which would be a shame, because I've been a long time FF user. Exploder just plain bites.

Nothing in my '''Addons''' > "extenstions" folder had anything remotely Yahoo -- I had long, long ago deleted when Firefox force the Yahoo SEO, but for some random reason 3 days ago, my searches started being only Yahoo. Same as OP...even if I specifically forced Google home page and did search from there it immediately switched to Yahoo. I haven't downloaded any programs, haven't clicked on any links...when Firefox reopened my previously saved pages from the day before I noticed the problem, Google searches were still showing the "G" Icon, but any new searches switched to Yahoo. Sorry, but Yahoo is inferior to Google for the searches I need and I'm not sure what happened that made the switch. Thus far the part where it said ''remove SAFESearch....'' is what I did... as of this moment it appears to be working. I say appears, because yesterday I was getting an 80/20 shot at seeing Google appear vs Yahoo (Yahoo being the 80%) when I forced it...hoping this changes it to be 100% Google. I do not know what caused this change as previously stated, nothing DL, nothing clicked, nothing on my side changed, Yahoo deleted long ago as a SEO, and Google long ago forced as Default....so, I'm hoping Firefox either looks into whatever changes they keep forcing on people and hiding somewhere we can't find or I'm going to switch to Google as a Browser instead. Which would be a shame, because I've been a long time FF user. Exploder just plain bites.
user633449 1539 solutions 10745 answers

Please update to Firefox 61.0.1 (Update Firefox to the latest release).

You said you had a safe search add-on? That is a known malicious add-on that has been reverting user's search engines to Yahoo. Can you please copy and paste your add-on data here so then I can request that add-on be blocked?

Please update to Firefox 61.0.1 ([[Update Firefox to the latest version]]). You said you had a safe search add-on? That is a known malicious add-on that has been reverting user's search engines to Yahoo. Can you please copy and paste your add-on data here so then I can request that add-on be blocked?
Stamp My Art 0 solutions 3 answers

Tyler Downer said

Please update to Firefox 61.0.1 (Update Firefox to the latest release). You said you had a safe search add-on? That is a known malicious add-on that has been reverting user's search engines to Yahoo. Can you please copy and paste your add-on data here so then I can request that add-on be blocked?


I do have the latest version of FF...I let it auto update. Did check and the version matches...

I'm sorry, I would except per the instructions above mine I deleted it, so I don't have it anymore unless there is away to see *past addons* Weird thing is I did NOT add it -- I just saw it there after reading that previous post. But it does seem to have resolved this problem. If you can tell me a way to find previously installed addons I'll check. Thanks for the reply.

''Tyler Downer [[#answer-1139425|said]]'' <blockquote> Please update to Firefox 61.0.1 ([[Update Firefox to the latest version]]). You said you had a safe search add-on? That is a known malicious add-on that has been reverting user's search engines to Yahoo. Can you please copy and paste your add-on data here so then I can request that add-on be blocked? </blockquote> I do have the latest version of FF...I let it auto update. Did check and the version matches... I'm sorry, I would except per the instructions above mine I deleted it, so I don't have it anymore unless there is away to see *past addons* Weird thing is I did NOT add it -- I just saw it there after reading that previous post. But it does seem to have resolved this problem. If you can tell me a way to find previously installed addons I'll check. Thanks for the reply.

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If you already deleted it that's fine. This is injected by malware, so I'd suggest a Malwarebytes scan

If you already deleted it that's fine. This is injected by malware, so I'd suggest a Malwarebytes scan
Stamp My Art 0 solutions 3 answers

Tyler Downer said

If you already deleted it that's fine. This is injected by malware, so I'd suggest a Malwarebytes scan

Ran maleware scan yesterday from my webroot. It said no maleware. I will look into the malewarebytes... Thanks again for your response!

''Tyler Downer [[#answer-1139434|said]]'' <blockquote> If you already deleted it that's fine. This is injected by malware, so I'd suggest a Malwarebytes scan </blockquote> Ran maleware scan yesterday from my webroot. It said no maleware. I will look into the malewarebytes... Thanks again for your response!