Google "switches" to Yahoo

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Farley, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. Farley macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    This began 9/4/16: Used Google to search. Next search with google AUTOMATICALLY changes to yahoo safe search. Discovered that my "home Page" under preferences had been changed to strange configurataton of numbers and letters. Using Safari version 6.1.6. Changed home page to google. Didn't help search changeing to Yahoo.
  2. KALLT, Sep 11, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2016

    KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Your system might be infected with adware. There is known adware that changes certain browser settings in favour of Yahoo Search. You can download EtreCheck to see whether anything comes up. You can also paste the report here between [code] [/code] tags, so that we can see where the infected files are located. Alternatively, see this adware removal guide for instructions on how to deal with this manually.
  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    +1 for adware. Download and run Malwarebytes. Here is where you can get a version that works on Lion.
  4. Farley thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Thank you for responding. I was able to "cure" it by googling "google redirect virus" and was advised to uninstall any suspicious extensions in the preference tab. Uninstalled time watch and all seems to be back to normal. Thank you again.
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    This might not be enough. Adware can persist itself through launch scripts. You should check out the removal guide I linked and check the directories mentioned therein.

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