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I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

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I have read and tried several suggestions on how to change my search engine to google and it will not change to google. I have deleted anything yahoo from my computer, I did the troubleshoot suggestions, I used malawarebytes, and microsoft essentials. Additionally, I deleted the spigot/youtube downloader and toolbar, that includes the add-ons, ms config, the registry, and in my programs. Does anyone know, outside what has already been mentioned what I can do to change the yahoo search engine to google. I would like to add, I still have the same issue in safe mode.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/919083?s=change+search+engine+to+google&r=11&as=s

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/920396?s=change+search+engine+to+google&r=3&as=s

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/915358?s=change+search+engine+to+google&r=4&as=s

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That is the about:home page.

Reset the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone pref via the right-click context menu to the default on the about:config page and close and restart Firefox to restore the about:home page to its default.

  1. Open the about:config page via the location bar
  2. Type in the Filter bar: mstone
  3. Right-click the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone line and select: Reset
  4. Close and restart Firefox

If this didn't help then delete the delete the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder and repeat the above.

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Changing the search engine to Google in scratchpad, changing everything yahoo to Google in about:config. Deleting the toolbars I could find on my computer, deleting yahoo in manage search engine, deleting anything that I could find in program files that said yahoo, and following troubleshooting steps.

Tyler Downer
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Try to update to Firefox 14.0.1. Update Firefox to the latest version

Then, Try to Reset Firefox. Reset Firefox – easily fix most problems

Then, Switching search engines

Question owner

Thank you for responding. I tried to be specific without adding too much information but I see I will have to be a lot more clear. Below is the guidelines for the troubleshooting that I did. That link was added in one of the 3 links I mentioned. I tried it since nothing else worked. I have reset and re-installed firefox already, I am only interested in anything new that can be offered.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-and-diagnose-firefox-problems


Troubleshoot and diagnose Firefox problems Most problems with Firefox can be fixed by following the troubleshooting methods described below. Try these in order. If one doesn't work, move on to the next. If you need extra help with any of this, we have a community of volunteers standing by.

Note: The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Consider using it before going though a lengthy troubleshooting process. Table of Contents 1. Restart your computer 2. Clear your cookies and cache 3. Update your plugins 4. Restart Firefox in Safe Mode 5. Troubleshoot your plugins 6. Reset your Firefox settings 7. Reinstall Firefox 8. Make a new profile Other solutions Check for conflicts with your Internet security software Scan your system for viruses and spyware Check your hard drive for errors

the-edmeister
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Where are you searching from?

1. Location Bar
2. Search Bar
3. about:home Homepage
4. somewhere else?

Question owner

The search bar

cor-el
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I assume that you mean the search bar on the Navigation Toolbar?


Start Firefox in 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).

If you do not keep changes after a restart then see:

Question owner

I attached what I am using.

cor-el
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Chosen Solution

That is the about:home page.

Reset the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone pref via the right-click context menu to the default on the about:config page and close and restart Firefox to restore the about:home page to its default.

  1. Open the about:config page via the location bar
  2. Type in the Filter bar: mstone
  3. Right-click the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone line and select: Reset
  4. Close and restart Firefox

If this didn't help then delete the delete the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder and repeat the above.

Question owner

First Cor-el, thank you for clarifying that for me. Second, That actually worked! Thank you times 1000! I am extremely grateful! You are awesome!

cor-el
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You're welcome

Kai1980 0 solutions 2 answers

1. Click the drop down menu on the left of the search box 2. Click on "Manage search engines" 3. Remove the search engine which is giving you headache 4. Click OK

usefulbells 0 solutions 6 answers

If nothing else works, go to the plugins folder in the Mozilla Firefox folder in the Programs (x86?) folder on your C drive and delete the yahoo plugin.

Question owner

Kai1980 and usefulbells the solution to the problem has been found.

Modified by missjoe

usefulbells 0 solutions 6 answers

The problem could be the "widgi toolbar." For more information, follow this link:

http://howtodosteps.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-is-spigot-inc-searchsettingexe.html

abhayp007 0 solutions 2 answers

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Very Easy no need to install any thing. 1. In address bar Type in about:config (press enter) 2. Press enter again to accept I will be careful... 3. Type browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID in search bar 4. right click on it and click reset. 5. Type browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone in search bar 6. Right click on it and click rest. close Firefox and restart it. Good to go

Nokomis 0 solutions 1 answers

Locate the folder:

C:\Program Files\common files\spigot

rename spigot xspigot or delete it. This will get rid of most Yahoo problems in Firefox Works in XP anyway

sergsk8 0 solutions 1 answers

so I was having this problem as well. it kept using Yahoo no matter how many times I deleted it or "removed" it from the list. Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but when I tried it last, a little box came up at the bottom of my screen(windows7) and asked if I wanted to get rid of Yahoo permanently, I checked the box and...voila!!! it was gone! still is gone!. the name was something like "search engine protection" or something like that. I've never seen that before. hope that helps.

OH! just found it. it was in the control panel. that might be where you can change the settings for it.

Modified by sergsk8

1begginbread 0 solutions 1 answers

This"unsolvable" problem was driving me to Chrome, Opera, etc., and back again. I usually search until I find the simplest solution that I can understand. Here it is, posted by a wise person, Moderator Tony E. at Mozilla Support. Amazingly simple, and it works, of course. Now all of you send $30.00 to Mozilla and get a cool t-shirt for all they do of all of us!

"If you download Firefox direct from Mozilla it does not include Yahoo add-ons. There are versions of Firefox that are "Optimized for Yahoo", you may have installed one of them.

Once you have installed a version with additional Yahoo add-ons, installing the version from Mozilla will not help, as the Yahoo add-ons will be included in your profile. You can uninstall the Yahoo add-ons, for details see https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Uninstalling+add-ons."