Why does firefox allow Yahoo to take over the search?
I 1000% hate Yahoo, I prefer the Google Search. And Yahoo always opens up a new window. Is there an easy way to never allow Yahoo to take over the search? I do remove it (ha, seems like every day). But I would prefer to never have Yahoo take over the search.
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And Oh yeah I just realized I asked about Yahoo before but really I would prefer that stop allowing Yahoo to take over the search.
So if you change your default search from Yahoo (or whatever name you see) back to Google, that works for the rest of your session until you shut down and restart Firefox?
Is there any message on your Options page about either:
- An extension is controlling your search engine / home page / new tab
- Your organization is managing your Firefox?
More generally: one possible culprit would be an extension. 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. On the right side, find the "Manage Your Extensions" heading.
If there is at least one extension before the next heading -- "Recommended Extensions" -- please continue:
Then cast a critical eye over the list below that heading. 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, Yahoo, search, or privacy? Anything suspicious or that you just do not remember installing or why? If in doubt, disable (or remove). For your privacy and security, don't let mystery programs linger here.
Type about:addons<enter> in the address bar to open your Add-ons Manager. Hot key; (<Control> [Mac=<Command>] <Shift> A)
In the Add-ons Manager, on the left, select Extensions. Remove “ Yahoo “ Anything.
Also remove SafeSearch, SearchAssist Incognito, FileConverter Addon, SearchLock, DiscreteSearch, WebSearch, Findwide Search Engine, securedsearch
Now do the same in the computer’s Programs Folder.
Windows: Start > Control Panel > Uninstall Programs. Mac: Open the Applications folder. Linux: Check your user manual.