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How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

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How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

I want to use Google as my search engine but no matter what settings I change the default search engine is always Yahoo.

Also I would like to have the feature back where when I open a new tab it shows frequently used pages that I can click on and open.

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Re: How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

First, thank you to dmcritchie. His solution was helpful. However, I didn't want to uninstall my Yahoo Toolbar because I have buttons, bookmarks, etc. that I don't want to migrate.

For those of you, like me, who wish to continue using your Yahoo Toolbar as well as use the Google Toolbar, here is another solution:

Rather than uninstalling the Yahoo Toolbar, simply hide it. Go to Command Bar, select View > Toolbars > then, uncheck Yahoo Toolbar. (Refer to first image)

Then....

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Go to the address bar and type in auto:config and hit the enter key.
  3. A warning box will appear. Close the box by clicking on the "I'll be careful, I promise" button. (See second image)

When text comes up,

  1. Scroll down until you find "browser.search.defaulturl" It will be in bold letters. (Third image, with selection highlighted by me)
  2. Right click and select the first option which should be "Modify", then
  3. Type in (or Copy & Paste) the following:
http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=

Next,

  1. Scroll down until you find "keyword.URL" It will be in bold letters.
  2. Right click and select the first option which should be "Modify", then
  3. Type in (or Copy & Paste) the following:
 http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=

Finally,

  1. Scroll down further until you find "yahoo.ytff.search.popup_src" Again, it will be in bold letters.
  2. Right click on the phrase and select "Modify"
  3. Type (or Copy & Paste) in the following:

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=

  1. Close the tab

And you're done.

This will allow you to keep all of the buttons and bookmarks that you have on your Yahoo Toolbar without the nasty side effect of having Yahoo hijack your searches and give you those darned 404 Search Error pages.

Hope this helps.

P.S. While you are making changes to auto:config, be sure to copy the values you are changing into a Word Pad document for later recovery. Be clear about what "Preference Name" you accessed and what "Value" you modified. That way, if you have to, you can always go back and return everything to its previous state. I titled my document "Firefox AboutConfig Changes".

Good Luck!

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Re: How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

Remove the Yahoo Toolbar

  1. "Ctrl+Shift+A" (Add-ons Manager)
  2. Select Puzzle piece on left-side for Extensions List
  3. Find "Yahoo Toolbar" and click on "Uninstall" button

Then to fix the default search engine used at the Location Bar, change the value of keyword.URL in about:config to one of the values shown in Location Bar search at MozillaZine.

  1. type in about:config into the location bar
  2. if the warning message nonsense comes up uncheck the box before dismissing the dialog message
  3. filter on keyword
  4. right-click on keyword.URL and choose "modify" then paste in the Google search engine string of your choice.

More information on configuration variables available in about:config entries and for users not familiar with the process there is about:config (How to change).

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Re: How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

Shame on you firefox changing my search options in your upgrade. Might reconsider which browser I use. The fact I had to follow such an involved process to turn off a tool bar and reset my default browser is very low - half the people wont be able to do this. This is microsoft tactics.

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Re: How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

First, thank you to dmcritchie. His solution was helpful. However, I didn't want to uninstall my Yahoo Toolbar because I have buttons, bookmarks, etc. that I don't want to migrate.

For those of you, like me, who wish to continue using your Yahoo Toolbar as well as use the Google Toolbar, here is another solution:

Rather than uninstalling the Yahoo Toolbar, simply hide it. Go to Command Bar, select View > Toolbars > then, uncheck Yahoo Toolbar. (Refer to first image)

Then....

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Go to the address bar and type in auto:config and hit the enter key.
  3. A warning box will appear. Close the box by clicking on the "I'll be careful, I promise" button. (See second image)

When text comes up,

  1. Scroll down until you find "browser.search.defaulturl" It will be in bold letters. (Third image, with selection highlighted by me)
  2. Right click and select the first option which should be "Modify", then
  3. Type in (or Copy & Paste) the following:
http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=

Next,

  1. Scroll down until you find "keyword.URL" It will be in bold letters.
  2. Right click and select the first option which should be "Modify", then
  3. Type in (or Copy & Paste) the following:
 http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=

Finally,

  1. Scroll down further until you find "yahoo.ytff.search.popup_src" Again, it will be in bold letters.
  2. Right click on the phrase and select "Modify"
  3. Type (or Copy & Paste) in the following:

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=

  1. Close the tab

And you're done.

This will allow you to keep all of the buttons and bookmarks that you have on your Yahoo Toolbar without the nasty side effect of having Yahoo hijack your searches and give you those darned 404 Search Error pages.

Hope this helps.

P.S. While you are making changes to auto:config, be sure to copy the values you are changing into a Word Pad document for later recovery. Be clear about what "Preference Name" you accessed and what "Value" you modified. That way, if you have to, you can always go back and return everything to its previous state. I titled my document "Firefox AboutConfig Changes".

Good Luck!

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Re: How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

Don't know why the third image disappeared from this site.

Here it is again.

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Re: How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

Oh my GOD! Thanks SSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOO much. Never use Yahoo again. Will DELETE everything from yahoo. OOOHHHUUUU.

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Re: How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

Thank you rocknriter!!! That fixed my problem. At least until the next update. LOL

I really wish FF would find a way not to change all my customization every time they upgrade the software.

Thanks again!

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Re: How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

What if there ISN'T a "browser.search.defaulturl" perameter listed?

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Re: How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

What if there ISN'T a "browser.search.defaulturl" parameter listed?

That would be good because it has a default value of

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Re: How do I set Google as the default search engine in Firefox 5? I have tried several fixes but I keep getting a Yahoo search instead of Google.

Just modifing the keyword.URL worked for me, I simply right clicked it and chose Reset, closed the browser and reopened and I have my Google back!!!

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