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Why does Firefox keep swapping Google for Yahoo - I want Google maps on hand

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I come back from an update and find Yahoo has taken over again. I may not notice until I want a quick map. Then I realise I am not in Google and have to go to some effort to find a map which may not be as good.

I come back from an update and find Yahoo has taken over again. I may not notice until I want a quick map. Then I realise I am not in Google and have to go to some effort to find a map which may not be as good.

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  • Shockwave Flash 30.0 r0

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv:61.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/61.0

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philipp
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hello, this sounds like a problem possibly caused by adware on your pc.

  1. please go to the firefox menu ≡ > addons > extensions & remove any suspicious entries (toolbars, things that you have not installed intentionally, don't know what purpose they serve, etc).
  2. also go to the windows control panel / programs and remove all toolbars or potentially unwanted software from there.
  3. finally, run a full scan of your system with different security tools like the free version of malwarebytes & adwcleaner, which are specialised in adware and browser hijackers.

Remove a toolbar that has taken over your Firefox search or home page Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware

hello, this sounds like a problem possibly caused by adware on your pc. #please go to the firefox ''menu ≡ > addons > extensions'' & remove any suspicious entries (toolbars, things that you have not installed intentionally, don't know what purpose they serve, etc). #also go to the windows control panel / programs and remove all toolbars or potentially unwanted software from there. #finally, run a full scan of your system with different security tools like the [https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/ free version of malwarebytes] & [https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/ adwcleaner], which are specialised in adware and browser hijackers. [[Remove a toolbar that has taken over your Firefox search or home page]] [[Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware]]
Pkshadow 1072 solutions 14836 answers

This could be an issue caused by AdAware or Web Companion from Lavasoft.

You can look for a file named dsengine.js in these locations. You should only find channel-prefs.js in the "defaults\pref" location. Any file found here apart from channel-prefs.js is suspicious. You can check the content of the file in a text editor (use open with and do not double-click the file).

  • C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\pref\
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\pref\

You can look for a file named dsengine.cfg in the main Firefox program folder.

  • C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\

Delete the dsengine.js and dsengine.cfg files when present.

Please run this after or if there is no above this needs to be run as you have a browser hijack going on as the default search engine is Google :

Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.

This could be an issue caused by AdAware or Web Companion from Lavasoft. You can look for a file named dsengine.js in these locations. You should only find channel-prefs.js in the "defaults\pref" location. Any file found here apart from channel-prefs.js is suspicious. You can check the content of the file in a text editor (use open with and do not double-click the file). *C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\pref\ *C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\pref\ You can look for a file named dsengine.cfg in the main Firefox program folder. *C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\ *C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\ Delete the dsengine.js and dsengine.cfg files when present. Please run this after or if there is no above this needs to be run as you have a browser hijack going on as the default search engine is Google : *https://www.malwarebytes.com/ Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.

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Interim reply: Thank you both for such a quick response. I am old, disabled and not very good at this, so I could not face making sense of it last night - I only wrote on the spur of the moment, when I couldn't immediately call up a map to see where something was - I did not expect a useful answer. I will try now I am feeling more alert, but if I may, there may be more naive questions before I get there.

Interim reply: Thank you both for such a quick response. I am old, disabled and not very good at this, so I could not face making sense of it last night - I only wrote on the spur of the moment, when I couldn't immediately call up a map to see where something was - I did not expect a useful answer. I will try now I am feeling more alert, but if I may, there may be more naive questions before I get there.