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I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

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I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

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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Re: I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

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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Re: I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

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

Then, Try to Reset Firefox. Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings

Then, Switching search engines

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Re: I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

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

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Re: I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

Where are you searching from?

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

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Re: I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

The search bar

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Re: I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

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:

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Re: I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

I attached what I am using.

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Re: I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

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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Re: I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

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!

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Re: I cannot change the search engine to google from yahoo

You're welcome