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nathanjrb
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Message 1 of 12

Disable Yahoo! In address bar search.

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Hi there,

I am using the latest version of Mozilla. Since I installed McAfee and chose the Site Advisor option, I have found that my searches are being re-directed to Yahoo!. I don't want this...

It's fine in my dedicated search box (top right) but not when I type a search into my address bar (one of the features I use a lot).

Does anyone know how to disable it?

I have clicked on the arrow in the bottom right corner or the browser, clicked options, unticked the "Enable Secure Search in my browser box" and still nothing. There is a button next to "Make secure search my browser's default search engine" that simply says 'Yes'. But when you press it nothing happens, it doesn't change. I have tried restarting the browser.

How can I get rid of Yahoo, I can't stand it.

Help appreciated, thanks

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digitig
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Message 7 of 12

Re: Disable Yahoo! In address bar search.

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What I actually did was uninstall site advisor, after which I could successfully change my search preferences. I have now reinstalled it, and my search preferences are still persisting, so that's fine. It's nagging me to turn secure search back on -- with no warning whatsoever that doing so will hijack my search engine (exactly the sort of attack I was hoping McAfee would protect me *against*) -- but it looks as if I can turn that nag off.

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Hayton
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Message 2 of 12

Re: Disable Yahoo! In address bar search.

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You're using Firefox? It's not immediately obvious how to do it, but it can be done.

It's explained in an article in the Mozilla Support section, and a post asking more or less this question.

Article - "Search the web from the Address Bar"

The instructions are in the section "Changing the Internet Keyword service".

Post - "Can I change search engine when typing in address bar?"

digitig
Contributor II
Message 3 of 12

Re: Disable Yahoo! In address bar search.

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That doesn't work. As soon as you restart the browser, McAfee resets it to Yahoo, whatever you set it to

exbrit
MVP
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Message 4 of 12

Re: Disable Yahoo! In address bar search.

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You may have Secure Search turned on on SiteAdvisor settings, that forces Yahoo as the  Search engine.

selvan
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Message 5 of 12

Re: Re: Disable Yahoo! In address bar search.

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Were you able to locate McAfee Secure Search item in Add-ons or Plugins list of FireFox. If found disable it and see if Searches result from Yahoo. Also I would suggest disabling from Internet Explorer's list of Add-ons / Toolbars and post back outcome..!

dougk_t3
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Message 6 of 12

Re: Disable Yahoo! In address bar search.

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nathanjrb,

Did you try the "Manage Search Engines..." option in the drop-down menu of the search box in the top right?

digitig
Contributor II
Message 7 of 12

Re: Disable Yahoo! In address bar search.

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What I actually did was uninstall site advisor, after which I could successfully change my search preferences. I have now reinstalled it, and my search preferences are still persisting, so that's fine. It's nagging me to turn secure search back on -- with no warning whatsoever that doing so will hijack my search engine (exactly the sort of attack I was hoping McAfee would protect me *against*) -- but it looks as if I can turn that nag off.

digitig
Contributor II
Message 8 of 12

Re: Disable Yahoo! In address bar search.

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Yes, I did try that, but as I mentioned earlier the change didn't persist -- it went back to Yahoo when I restarted the browser. The culprit seems to have been SecureSearch, which I now consider to be malware.

exbrit
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Message 9 of 12

Re: Disable Yahoo! In address bar search.

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digitig wrote:



What I actually did was uninstall site advisor, after which I could successfully change my search preferences. I have now reinstalled it, and my search preferences are still persisting, so that's fine. It's nagging me to turn secure search back on -- with no warning whatsoever that doing so will hijack my search engine (exactly the sort of attack I was hoping McAfee would protect me *against*) -- but it looks as if I can turn that nag off.



That's one way of doing it.  That nag pop-up asking  you to turn on Secure Search shouldn't reappear once dismissed properly, until the next major update then it will appear once again.   We Moderators have already suggested the pop-up should tell people that Yahoo will become their search engine, that way they would know before committing to any change.

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Message 10 of 12

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I just received an email from my contact at McAfee.   Apparently the developers have already been asked to make Secure Search choice clearer in the User Interface and, as a possible bonus, other search engines.

Peter

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