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My default search engine changes without my permission to Yahoo!

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I have always used Google for my search engine. Now, whenever I open up Firefox, the default is Yahoo. I have gone into About:config and changed it back to Google, but after I shutdown Firefox, something changes the default back to Yahoo.

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Start Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox (Tools) > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).


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I found the culprit - an external program was keeping me from changing the default back to Google - it would change it back to Yahoo on Firefox closure. I found the icon in the taskbar and disabled it. Now I just need to find out how it got there and keep it from happening again. I'm surprised that my anti-virus and malware software didn't prevent this from happening. I never disliked Yahoo, just preferred Google for searches. Now I'm angry at Yahoo!

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Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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Brilliant! I tried all the technical fixes suggested in various posts, but this one sorted my problem out instantly. No more annoying Yahoo hijacking.

Thanks.

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Very cryptice reply...Why not give exact details of which icon and what you did to solve the problem

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Please give a step by step process on how to change the default back to Google... Why has Mozilla hidden away all the settings... I think its time to move to Chrome.. Firefox is becoming more and more like Explorer... Changing interfaces and dictating how it should be used

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I cannot believe that Firefox does not have a simple staight forward answer to a Search question - How to change the Default Search Engine...

It has taken me a n hour to try and sift through heaps of pages... and still no answer...

Remember the KISS principle...