Yahoo mail Gripe and Fix

July 27, 2010 at 07:08:38
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Hi, I have many yahoo e-mail accounts and was getting pretty frustrated if i used yahoo as my homepage.

You would have to sign in and click quite a few times to get to your e-mail.
Yahoo almost had the tendencies like other software like AOL, etc that wants to control your PC.

Finally I made my homepage mail.yahoo.com and now when I sign in it goes DIRECTLY to my mail. That way I can check all my mail quickly without having to look at that drab yahoo homepage when I'm in a hurry.

In essence I took the control away from yahoo and had the choice to click on the yahoo tab on the top if I wanted to see the yahoo page.

Luckily now they have it to where when I sign in from the mail.yahoo page it lists all my e-mail addresses and I have quick access to any account. Saves me alot of time.

I don't think any software has a right to take control of your PC whether it is paid or free.

I had many battles with yahoo live tech chat when yahoo kept changing my homepage from yahoo.com to m.yahoo.com because they wanted to force that on us.

So the above is my solution and so far it works great, probably untill they find some other way to change it back to the many click syndrome.
Thought I would share that with you.

All I have to do for multiple accounts is sign out, then I click the homepage icon and sign in to another account....quick and easy. That is the quick way.

If you sign out and then click on sign in, you have to go through all the clicks again to get to your mail...that is the long way around to get your mail.

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#1
July 27, 2010 at 07:45:08
re: "I don't think any software has a right to take control of your PC whether it is paid or free."

I agree!

2 related items:

1 - Somehow my default search engine in Firefox got switched to Ask.com. I tried the various fixes found on the interweb and none of them worked.

I finally stumbled across a link to a utility supposedly put up by an employee of ask.com that resets the default search engine to the engine of your choice. While it was a pain to fix (and never should have happened in the first place) at least they offered a fix - and an apology.

2 - My bank offers fairly decent on-line banking through their website. Unfortunately it takes over your browser in a very annoying way. I've mentioned this to their tech support several times, but they don't care.

If you log into their website, do your stuff and then navigate away from their site, you can not log back in until you shut down your browser and restart it. If you don't quit the browser app, you get message that says "This login session is not allowed as you already have an existing Internet Banking session on this computer."

I've told them that every other bank, credit card or any other site that requires a login drops the session when you navigate away from their site, requiring - and allowing - you to log back in. They don't care. Their answer is to "Use the Logout button or close your browser."


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#2
July 27, 2010 at 08:17:58
Derby,

I had the same thing with the Ask.com toolbar/default search engine. I would change it but next time I opened FF it would always be back to Ask as the default. Had to go into Add/Remove programs and found out about the toolbar being installed. So uninstalled that and deleted Ask from the available search engines in FF and finally it stayed how I had wanted it. Talk about a pain in the ass.


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#3
July 27, 2010 at 08:20:52
I use Yahoo as my home page and don't have a problem with an extra click to access email because I like the other features on the home page.

Where I have a big time problem with yahoo is that when I start typing in a Google search box that is always part of my default screen yahoo tries to hijack the search. This happens even though I have checked to always use Google as the default search engine.

Derby

I always exit FF after a banking or Scottrade session as a matter of security. Scottrade recommends this and it is part of their agreement. If you don't follow their agreement and your account is hacked you MAY not be insured. Not a big deal to me.


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#4
July 27, 2010 at 08:28:55
"I use Yahoo as my home page and don't have a problem with an extra click to access email because I like the other features on the home page."

I suppose that's ok if you are only using 1 or 2 yahoo mail addresses, like I said, I have several.

As far as the ask toolbar, that is usually installed when installing other software and there is usually a place to uncheck it as you are installing the software. Most people miss that as they are in a hurry installing. Like was mentioned, just go into add/remove and remove it if it is in there.

I don't use any toolbars in my browsers.

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#5
July 27, 2010 at 08:40:42
You can't have more than one address signed in at the same time on the same computer, can you?

So, if you don't tick the box to save the sign in info for two weeks you will be presented with the entire list but will need to sign in for the desired account. That is how it works for me anyway.


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#6
July 27, 2010 at 08:46:20
re: "that is usually installed when installing other software and there is usually a place to uncheck it as you are installing the software"

That is something that I am very careful about looking for.

Obviously, I may have missed it in this case, but I'd be surprised since I don't recall installing any software prior to the ask.com becoming the default search engine.


re: "I don't use any toolbars in my browsers."

BTW I'm not talking about a toolbar. I'm talking about typing a text string in the address bar and being taken to a search engine results page. It was taking me to ask.com instead of google.


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#7
July 27, 2010 at 08:55:17
"You can't have more than one address signed in at the same time on the same computer, can you? "

You are right on that count for one user in one browser, but I have all my users and passwords set up and checked on save for 2 weeks, so that all I have to do is click on my homepage icon, then left click in the Yahoo ID box and all my e-mail addresses are listed plus the passwords are ready too. Select and you are in your mail.
Bear in mind, I'm the only one that uses that certain PC so no-one else has access to that.

On the other hand, using different browsers you can access different accounts at the same time having those browsers open.

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#8
July 29, 2010 at 15:59:16
I haven't bothered with yahoo in a few years but my kids do. My daughter has a thing for toolbars. "Hey their free". They have a 20 inch monitor of which the viewable area is only 11 inches tall thanks to these toolbars. About once a month I get " It takes so long to open a page. I don't know what's wrong." She just keeps adding toolbars everytime she downloads something. I got tired of it and told her she can either figure it out or loose the viewable area all together before I clean them out again. Right now I know she has ask which she never uses google, yahoo, msn, some game site she went to once, and at least 3 others.

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#9
July 29, 2010 at 16:54:24
I don't use any toolbars as they tend to cause alot of problems and conflicts, in fact, on any repairs I do, i remove ALL the toolbars from the PC (with the owners permission of course) and they all run really good and up to speed.

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#10
July 29, 2010 at 22:41:30
I don't use them don't really know anything about them. I just always assumed them to be just one more program running that wasn't needed. With that idea I wasn't about to waste resources on them. I know I may have been wrong but my pc doesn't slow down like theirs does. Plus I prefer a less cluttered look. How many darned search windows do we need?

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