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Somehow Yahoo has been added as the default search provider in Firefox. How can I get rid of it and go back to Google?

I recently installed the "Tab Mix Plus" Firefox extension, so I suspect that this has changed the search provider.

When I enter a set of words which, without the "www", I used to get the proper URL. Now, I get some sort of search which returns nothing close to what I was looking for and proudly proclaims itself to be "Yahoo Search"

I liked Google before and I would like to return to using Google for search. I have looked all through "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows XP control panel, but it's not there.

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Wait… I am confused. Is the Firefox search box up in the top right hand corner using Yahoo for its search now, or are you talking about the Awesome Bar (address bar)? – Josh Hunt Oct 3 '09 at 5:12
No, he's talking about the Awesome Bar. the search box default probably also got changed, but that's easy to change back. typical of 3rd-party browser toolbars -- FreeCause has a themable toolbar that's used in a lot of places and does exactly that. this is not Tab Mix Plus. you may have agreed to install some browser toolbar as part of another program's installer. – quack quixote Oct 3 '09 at 5:33
Screenshot, just in case there's more info on that page. – random Oct 3 '09 at 5:33
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You will need to change the default search engine for the address bar. Follow this post. Alternatively you can set the keyword as mentioned in the post to the below value which is present in my browser:

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+1 nice solution. beware if you do this without uninstalling whatever changed it in the first place, it might get changed back at a later point. – quack quixote Oct 3 '09 at 10:34
Fantastic. Thanks a lot. – Xavierjazz Oct 3 '09 at 13:40

There may be a malware plugin "Search Settings Plugin" that was installed without knowledge of the user. Uninstall that plugin and it should fix the problem. You still need to update the about:config to restore to original settings.

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You didn't state your OS. Under Windows, you may have to go to Control Panel >> Programs (or Add/Remove Programs) and remove the Yahoo! toolbar that way. Also, in Firefox click Tools >> Add-Ons and remove any Yahoo! plugins.

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The McAfee Site Advisor addon does this. I'm pretty certain all of you have it installed. Here's the proof. This is what the keyword looks like in my about:config Notice the McAfee at the end?

It seems that this behaviour can only be changed with the Plus version of the toolbar. I haven't restarted the browser yet, so can't comment whether MASA will change it back to yahoo or not. And thanks for helping me find the problem.

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