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How do i get rid of the Yahoo toolbar?

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Aster using Firefox for the last two years, I had to uninstall and reinstall it after downloading the latest version. Surprise, there is the ever-present Yahoo toolbar following me everyplace I go like a faithful dog.

How do I get rid of it and use Google when I do a search? When getting to a new website from my homepage, I want a new tab to come up for me to type the new address. If I cannot do this, the whole tab concept has gone out of the window. I should not have to go to a Yahoo search tool that in many cases what I see in the search results has nothing to do with the website I want to go to.

Help!

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stevethanos said

Aster using Firefox for the last two years, I had to uninstall and reinstall it after downloading the latest version. Surprise, there is the ever-present Yahoo toolbar following me everyplace I go like a faithful dog. How do I get rid of it and use Google when I do a search? When getting to a new website from my homepage, I want a new tab to come up for me to type the new address. If I cannot do this, the whole tab concept has gone out of the window. I should not have to go to a Yahoo search tool that in many cases what I see in the search results has nothing to do with the website I want to go to. Help!
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You solved my problem. Thank you! stevethanos

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The help page for REFRESH FireFox needs more info. 1. By refreshing Firefox the new or default profile does not guarentee that the add-ons are all up to date or not vulnerable. 2. It would be really nice if FireFox would give users advice on browsing safely. 3. Do not click on pop-ups anywhere on the screen and to use Windows Task Manager instead. 4. Only update from the program that you are updating not from pop-ups!!!

My story: I do not like to have updates automatically installed. Reason, it depends on what I am doing on the internet and how much time I have if I will install an update and there are other reasons... Because I unplug the Ethernet cable from my laptop whenever I am not on the internet. And I do update programs. I have been learning to more about using FireFox safely.

Reason why I used REFRESH I unthinkingly clicked on a pop-up at the right bottom of the screen over the tool bar. It is now common that microsoft places update info in pop-ups at that same location. So I got used to it and I clicked on a Fire Fox update. Well it was from Yahoo publisher with file named sxh.yimg.com. A very persistant Yahoo! toolbar appeared in the main menu. And the address bar was redirected to - www.datatoolbar.com - an online data miner with yahoo in the address. I have gone through a lot of uninstalls, deleting Mozilla File Folders in User/Roaming and Local to get rid of this but it persisted. REFRESH did work, but one or two add-ons were vulnerable and I went through a 3 hour crash yesterday.

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pemadega said

The help page for REFRESH FireFox needs more info. 1. By refreshing Firefox the new or default profile does not guarentee that the add-ons are all up to date or not vulnerable. 2. It would be really nice if FireFox would give users advice on browsing safely. 3. Do not click on pop-ups anywhere on the screen and to use Windows Task Manager instead. 4. Only update from the program that you are updating not from pop-ups!!!

The article Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings explains that a Refresh replaces the Firefox profile folder with a new default profile. This will remove extensions and themes and reset other preferences while saving essential information like bookmarks, browsing history and passwords.

Plugins are not removed but plugin settings are reset to defaults. Visit Plugin Check to make sure plugins are up-to-date.

Malicious software (malware) stored on your computer may interact with Firefox and continue to cause problems, even after a refresh. See Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware for help with malware.

For safe browsing tips see How to stay safe on the web.

Hope that helps!

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P.S. To pemadega: If you need more help with Firefox, please ask a new question (see Mozilla Support rules and guidelines). I'll close this thread since the original question was posted by stevethanos and his issue was solved.