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Google vs. Yahoo

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I have my search engine set to Google, but lately when I start searching it automatically switches to Yahoo. Why?

PK

Isisombululo esikhethiwe

Hi PK, it would also be useful to know how extreme the hijacking is. Sometimes the problem is so bad that when you search using the search box on Google's own sites, your results come out on Yahoo. As Andrea suggests, that isn't a settings issue, it's likely an extension, or even external malware.

You can view, disable, and often remove unwanted or unknown extensions on the Add-ons page. Either:

  • Ctrl+Shift+a (Mac: Command+Shift+a)
  • "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons
  • type or paste about:addons in the address bar and press Enter/Return

In the left column of the Add-ons page, click Extensions.

Then cast a critical eye over the list on the right side. Any extensions Firefox installs for built-in features are hidden from this page, so everything listed here is your choice (and your responsibility) to manage. Anything that mentions search? Anything suspicious or that you just do not remember installing or why? If in doubt, disable (or remove). Don't allow unknown third party software to run in your Firefox.

Any improvement?

To scan for and clean up external malware, the following support article lists several useful free tools (completely free or free trial): Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware.

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Did you install the Yahoo Search and Homepage add-on recently? That one makes Yahoo the default search engine even if your Firefox setting in Preference is Google.

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

Hi PK, it would also be useful to know how extreme the hijacking is. Sometimes the problem is so bad that when you search using the search box on Google's own sites, your results come out on Yahoo. As Andrea suggests, that isn't a settings issue, it's likely an extension, or even external malware.

You can view, disable, and often remove unwanted or unknown extensions on the Add-ons page. Either:

  • Ctrl+Shift+a (Mac: Command+Shift+a)
  • "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons
  • type or paste about:addons in the address bar and press Enter/Return

In the left column of the Add-ons page, click Extensions.

Then cast a critical eye over the list on the right side. Any extensions Firefox installs for built-in features are hidden from this page, so everything listed here is your choice (and your responsibility) to manage. Anything that mentions search? Anything suspicious or that you just do not remember installing or why? If in doubt, disable (or remove). Don't allow unknown third party software to run in your Firefox.

Any improvement?

To scan for and clean up external malware, the following support article lists several useful free tools (completely free or free trial): Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware.

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At first I didn't think there was a problem with my add-ons. But there was a Media Player Add-On that said disabled, but it was still there. After removing it my searches went back to normal. Thank you for your help!

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I have followed all the directions to NO AVAIL to remove the Yahoo search engine - it keep popping up as search engine. I need a away to permanently remove The Yahoo search engine or I will delete Firefox as my preferred web browser.

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Hi braveheartla, Firefox hasn't included Yahoo search in recent years. Here are some things to check as to why it's showing up:

Default Search Engine Setting

Firefox usually has Google as the default. The article "Change your default search settings in Firefox" has the steps to check and update that setting if needed. If this setting is not stable, is there a pattern to when it changes? For example, when you exit/quit Firefox and start it up again? Or when you restart your system?

Startup (Home) Page Setting

If your startup/home page was changed to Yahoo, this is a separate setting. More info in the following article: How to set the home page. Also check your add-ons as described earlier in this thread.

Sometimes malware will modify your browser shortcuts with a URL to open at startup. More info on that if needed, but also, supplement your regular security software with some additional scans: Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware.

New Tab Page

There are some add-ons that change your new tab page to Yahoo. Check your add-ons as described earlier in this thread.

Search Hijack

In the extreme case, when you type your query in the address bar and the top line of the drop-down says "Search with Google" you may get results on a different site. Check your add-ons as described earlier in this thread.

See also: What to do when searches take you to the wrong search website.

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