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Yahoo has taken over my search and I want Google back as default search

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I have deleted Yahoo and it comes right back. How do I remove it permanently????

I have deleted Yahoo and it comes right back. How do I remove it permanently????

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cor-el
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Where do you see Yahoo as the search engine?

Is that with searching via the location bar or the search bar on the Navigation Toolbar ?

Try to reset some preferences to the default with the SearchReset extension:

Note that the SearchReset extension only runs once and then uninstalls automatically, so it won't show on the "Firefox > Add-ons" page (about:addons).

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


If there is a problem with searching via the default about:home page then try to reset the search engine used on 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.

Where do you see Yahoo as the search engine? Is that with searching via the location bar or the search bar on the Navigation Toolbar ? Try to reset some preferences to the default with the SearchReset extension: *https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/searchreset/ Note that the SearchReset extension only runs once and then uninstalls automatically, so it won't show on the "Firefox > Add-ons" page (about:addons). If you do not keep changes after a restart then see: *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Preferences_not_saved ---- If there is a problem with searching via the default about:home page then try to reset the search engine used on the about:home page. Reset the <b>browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone</b> pref via the right-click context menu to the default on the <b>about:config</b> page and close and restart Firefox to restore the about:home page to its default. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/about:config #Open the <b>about:config</b> page via the location bar #Type in the Filter bar: mstone #Right-click the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone line and select: Reset #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.
FleshThorn 0 solutions 1 answers

I had to remove the anti-phising software Domain Adviser to stop navigation bar search from redirecting to Yahoo search.

I had to remove the anti-phising software Domain Adviser to stop navigation bar search from redirecting to Yahoo search.
charliebriggs 0 solutions 1 answers

about:config and downloading DEVONtechnologies EasyFind to destroy the hidden Yahoo files in the Library on a Mac no longer works. I suspect Yahoo has found a way to undermine those fixes. It is infuriating to find that a responsible operator such as Yahoo needs to stoop to this to find users to its dying web browser. Are there any other suggestions? Many thanks

about:config and downloading DEVONtechnologies EasyFind to destroy the hidden Yahoo files in the Library on a Mac no longer works. I suspect Yahoo has found a way to undermine those fixes. It is infuriating to find that a responsible operator such as Yahoo needs to stoop to this to find users to its dying web browser. Are there any other suggestions? Many thanks