getting rid of Yahoo

Discussion in 'macOS Mojave (10.14)' started by wfriedwald, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. wfriedwald macrumors regular

    wfriedwald

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    i did something stupid ... I blundered into some kind of semi-spam trap and now my default search engine is Yahoo, instead of Google, on Safari & firefox. It makes no sense, because when I go into the preferences, "google" is clearly set as the default search engine, but when I do a search, somehow it automatically loads up Yahoo. Have no idea how to get rid of this ... it's like termites or bad breath or something. Help!
     
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601

    velocityg4

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    Install and run Malwarebytes for Mac. That'll wipe out most malware.
    https://www.malwarebytes.com/

    Look through your Extensions in Firefox and Safari. Remove any you did not install. Just don't remove the OpenH264 or Widevine Plugins in Firefox.
     
  3. wfriedwald thread starter macrumors regular

    wfriedwald

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    thank you! I easily found the culprit in Safari, it was an extension called GENERALNETSEARCH, it seems to be hard to get rid of, but I was able to disable it.

    finding it somewhat harder to do in Firefox, but I shall keep at it ... now that I have a better idea of where to look.

    thanks very much!

    w
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

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    The Malwarebytes app recommended above will take care of all this for you, and it can be used in its free mode to do so.
     
  5. wfriedwald thread starter macrumors regular

    wfriedwald

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    I admit I was a little over-cautious about using any new program to go digging through my hard drive, but I bit the bullet and tried Malwarebytes - and it seems to have worked perfectly.

    So, belated thanks for the recommendation!

    w
     
  6. Lee_Bo macrumors regular

    Lee_Bo

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    Yeah, I hate those "bugs" that change your homepage and search engine.
     

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