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How do I permenetly remove Yahoo as a search engine in the Navigation toolbar?


Every time I try to remove Yahoo it keeps coming back. I just want Google as my search engine.

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This happened

Every time Firefox opened

Installed Plug-ins

  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator
  • Coupons, Inc. Coupon Printer DLL
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.0
  • npsnapfish
  • NPFxFoto.DLL
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Default Plug-in
  • Shockwave Flash 10.1 r53
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_21 for Mozilla browsers
  • 3.0.40818.0
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • DRM Netscape Network Object


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100914 Firefox/3.6.10

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How have you reset it? Did you reset the keyword.URL preference as shown in the Search the web from the Address Bar article?

If you did that and it still changes back to Yahoo, follow the instructions in the How to fix preferences that won't save article. Also check any add-ons/toolbars that you have installed to see if one of them has a setting that is changing it to Yahoo.

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Your above posted system details show outdated plugin(s) with known security and stability risks.

  1. Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.0
  2. Shockwave Flash 10.1 r53

Update the Flash and Shockwave for Director plugin to the latest version.

jeaneich 0 solutions 3 answers

I finally figured out how to remove it on my end.

1. about:config filter area...type yahoo

Double click on anything that shows as yahoo search...change to none (on my end there were two...one on top of the other.

2. In the URL bar, type in "about:config"

   In the filter bar type "defaulturl"
   Change the value there to take whatever search engine with whichever   parameters you want.  

Good luck!