Solved How do I get rid of Yahoo from Firefox?

April 23, 2016 at 04:53:14
Specs: Windows 7
No matter what I do in setting the default browser in Firefox, Yahoo re-appears.
Very shortsighted of Mozilla as if this carries on I shall simply delete Firefox completely and use something else in its place.

I've searched this and although one two solutions are suggested they haven't worked for me.

Can anyone suggest a foolproof way of kicking Yahoo into touch?


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April 27, 2016 at 14:00:42
Very strange. I just tried my Firefox again and my setting to Google yesterday (#6) is still in place. If it suddenly changes I'll let you know.

In the meantime run this quick check for browser malware:

AdwCleaner:
https://toolslib.net/downloads/view...
(blue "Download Now" button on right).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Cleaning" button.

Let us know if it helps and keep the log in case we need to see it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#1
April 23, 2016 at 05:58:55
You likely downloaded Firefox from the Yahoo website rather than directly from Mozilla therefore it contains all the Yahoo "extras". Type about:preferences in the address bar, press Enter, & then you can manage all the settings (homepage, default search engine, etc)

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#2
April 23, 2016 at 06:04:43
I would also check Add Ons to see if there is anything from Yahoo to remove or disable.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
April 23, 2016 at 08:42:47
Are you simply referring to Yahoo as the default search engine? Is so, simply click on the magnifying glass icon in the search box. The drop down menu allows you to change search settings.


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#4
April 23, 2016 at 13:09:07
"Very shortsighted of Mozilla"

Nope. Probably due to the reasons given in #1. Stacks of folk including me have Firefox without Yahoo.

EDIT:
Oops, see first line of my #6 below. I obviously live differently to everyone else LOL.

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#5
April 26, 2016 at 02:15:36
In this instance Firefox was downloaded directly from Mozilla. So although the responses are very gratefully received and much appreciated they haven't solved my difficulty. Research on the web suggests this started happening when Mozilla changed from Google to Yahoo.
Hopefully someone will know the answer, in the meantime, as it is obviously not a unique problem, if I come up with an solution I shall post it.

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#6
April 26, 2016 at 04:04:34
Aha, I was a victim of my own devices. I have Google as my home page in Firefox so I never use the search box.

Just checked mine and it was indeed set to Yahoo but I had no difficulty setting it to Google as default (which it now is). About the only suggestions I have are to either try the refresh or uninstall Firefox and install a fresh copy:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/k...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#7
April 26, 2016 at 06:01:45
Thanks very much once again for your response Derek but I already tried your suggestion by un-installing Firefox (again) and re-installing via IE and Bing.
First time I went back it seemed to have worked. Next time Yahoo came up again.
Somewhere Yahoo has got itself inside my PC attached to Firefox and I can't find out where.
Appears as if I've got to either ditch Firefox or put up with Yahoo. Slightly irritating but there you are.
Thanks again Derek.


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#8
April 26, 2016 at 07:04:11
Did you sync IE and Firefox? If so, that may be the cause.

Are you using yahoo email?

Go to your home browser home page (Firefox) and left click on help> About Firefox. Post the version number showing there.


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#9
April 26, 2016 at 11:51:08
Are you saying your Homepage defaults to Yahoo, or that Yahoo is the default search Engine?

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#10
April 26, 2016 at 12:54:08
"re-installing via IE and Bing"

It took me a few seconds to realise what that meant. Best way is to get the download from Mozilla's official website then Save the file rather than running it. You install Firefox by double clicking the saved file. That keeps IE right out of the equation.

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#11
April 27, 2016 at 03:12:40
I've finally resolved this ( I think!).

In answer to the the questions posed above, I do not use Yahoo email. The Home Page was defaulting to Yahoo even though I continually reset to Mozilla Firefox.

I went into "Settings". Then "Search" and in there under "One Click Search Engine", I deleted Yahoo (and any others I didn't want just to be on the safe side).

Mind you I have done this before without success but as an earlier contributor suggested this might have been a little while back and Firefox may (!) have been loaded at that via Yahoo.

Anyway all appears ok now, for the time being anyway.

Thanks very much to all for the helpful contributions. Very much appreciated.

"A trouble shared is a trouble halved"

Gazza.
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#12
April 27, 2016 at 04:33:32
Good to hear and thanks for letting us know.

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#13
April 27, 2016 at 13:18:43
Set a best answer so the thread will be marked solved.

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#14
April 27, 2016 at 13:22:37
Sadly it is not solved. Yahoo has reared its ugly head again.

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#15
April 27, 2016 at 13:58:57
I have been having the same issue. In my case I do use Yahoo mail and home page. However, Yahoo periodically inserts itself into the list of search engines.

Check the list of search engines and I am sure Yahoo will be listed. Remove any from the list that you never use. Then reset the default to Google, if that is what you use.

In #8 above I asked you to post the version of Firefox here. Left click Help and select about firefox. The version will then display.


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#16
April 27, 2016 at 14:00:42
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Very strange. I just tried my Firefox again and my setting to Google yesterday (#6) is still in place. If it suddenly changes I'll let you know.

In the meantime run this quick check for browser malware:

AdwCleaner:
https://toolslib.net/downloads/view...
(blue "Download Now" button on right).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Cleaning" button.

Let us know if it helps and keep the log in case we need to see it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#17
April 27, 2016 at 14:05:32
The latest version of Firefox for Windows 7 x64bit is 46.0.

Link below.

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firef...

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#18
April 29, 2016 at 01:15:19
Thanks for your comments OtheHIll.
I had already deleted Yahoo from the search engine list some time ago.
Apologies for not advising the version of Firefox earlier. It is indeed 46.0 as you suggest.
I have tried agan by uninstalling and re-installing and setting the default to Google. so we shall see how that works.

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#19
April 29, 2016 at 01:19:53
Derek, I have downloaded tools lib but am unable to open it from Downloads.
Shame as sounds like a very useful tool.
I will try by going direct instead of via a link and let you know how I get on.

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#20
April 29, 2016 at 03:15:47
I think/hope I've finally resolved this issue.

Mozilla have an item

"Remove a toolbar that has taken over your Firefox search or home page"

http://mzl.la/lxKt2ap

Provides various suggestions which I followed.

Menu/Add-ons/Extensions/Remove/Restart.

In this case it wasn't showing a Yahoo add-on but there were another couple of add-ons listed that I did not recognise. So I removed both and think it did the trick but only after re-starting.

The article also has several other solutions available if the first doesn't do the trick.

Thank all very much for their responses especially Derek.

Computing.Net has been a great help and I would wholeheartedly recommend this site for its quality of response, helpfulness, clarity and ease of use. Well done.

gazza5
p.s. see below.

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#21
April 29, 2016 at 03:25:06
That link I just posted for the Mozilla article should have been:

http://mzl.la/1xKt2ap


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#22
April 29, 2016 at 04:27:00
Glad to see you've found a way around it but it seems odd that I've not had to do anything more than change the default to Google.

Also odd that ADWCleaner doesn't start by double clicking the saved file from downloads. It makes me wonder if you might have the same trouble with any program you download.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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