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I'm using firefox on MacOS: What is BrowserDefault and why does it repeatedly override my search preference for google to yahoo??

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I've checked my extensions, seems to be nothing unfamiliar there... I have looked through everything and haven't found an answer for Macs specifically. I just want to choose google as my search and have it stay, and it constantly goes back. I'd rather not be forced to switch to google chrome. In the screenshot it shows what it looks like after it automatically switches back...

I've checked my extensions, seems to be nothing unfamiliar there... I have looked through everything and haven't found an answer for Macs specifically. I just want to choose google as my search and have it stay, and it constantly goes back. I'd rather not be forced to switch to google chrome. In the screenshot it shows what it looks like after it automatically switches back...
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jscher2000
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Hi Patrick, does your Preferences page mention that "your organization" or "an extension" is controlling any settings?

What site does "BrowserDefault" use for search results? Sometimes there will be a parameter in the URL of the results page which informs he site (for example, Yahoo) which "affiliate" sent the traffic, and that can sometimes be helpful in web searches to track down the culprit.

More generally:

(A) Extensions are a common source of search engine changes.

(B) Malware on your system could inject changes into Firefox's settings. A popular scanning/cleaning tool is: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

(C) Beware of autoconfig files. This thread has an example of how to track that down: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1256067

Hi Patrick, does your Preferences page mention that "your organization" or "an extension" is controlling any settings? What site does "BrowserDefault" use for search results? Sometimes there will be a parameter in the URL of the results page which informs he site (for example, Yahoo) which "affiliate" sent the traffic, and that can sometimes be helpful in web searches to track down the culprit. More generally: (A) Extensions are a common source of search engine changes. (B) Malware on your system could inject changes into Firefox's settings. A popular scanning/cleaning tool is: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/ (C) Beware of autoconfig files. This thread has an example of how to track that down: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1256067
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