Yahoo hijacked my homepage for both firefox and Chrome.Even resetting the options doesn't work, it will still boot to yahoo.ho

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spankler

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Yahoo hijacked my homepage for both firefox and Chrome.Even resetting the options doesn't work, it will still boot to yahoo.home page. Even anti-malware apps don't work. Please help!
 

EzeePosse

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I had the same sort of issue. Open Chrome expecting new tabs page to open and *Boom* Yahoo opens yet there is no set search pages or anything related to yahoo in my settings. I went through various sites looking for answers and saw many solutions all of which either did not work or was not applicable. Then I noticed this strange process called Lrcnta.exe that i never noticed before... So I checked it out and found it belonged to a program called Smart Bar then I delved into the program deeper and found that it was Yahoo Smart Bar by a company by the same name as the process and not yahoo.. Alarm bells rang in my head and I decided to uninstall this program via Control panel, Add/remove programs and guess what.... It stopped the yahoo page loading up. So for those who can not find a solution that wont work or is not applicable.. check your machine for Yahoo Smart Bar ... KILL IT before it lays eggs. :)
 

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spankler,

I've had periodic redirects of search engines when I've installed software using the "typical" options button as these very often install or reset the default search engines. I've learned to always install anything as "custom install" and I un-check the various search engine, security, installer, and performance tune options. There are a lot of sneaky companies including the biggest.

In Firefox, the first thing to do is to have the search engine window visible (upper right) which should show the default engine > Gargle, Bling, Yazoot, FakeBook, Twizzle, or whatever. There is a small down arrow next to the search engine name > click on this arrow in the drop down menu click > "Manage Search Engines...". You can then then use the "Move Up / Move Down" control to put your preferred search engine at the top and when ever starting the browser, it will default start with the top listing. If you've acquired a search engine you don't want or seems reluctant to ever give up, there is the very useful "Remove" button. I've often had only one search engine in the list as others can be added instantly.

This the simplest method I know of and in my view worth trying first. I once had a weird malware/ redirector search engine "MyStart Incredibar" and all the un-install and registry editing in the world wouldn't prevent it until I used the "Manage Search Engine" technique and it was solved in 30 seconds.

See if that works, and let us know.

Cheers,

BambiBoom
 

EzeePosse

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I had the same sort of issue. Open Chrome expecting new tabs page to open and *Boom* Yahoo opens yet there is no set search pages or anything related to yahoo in my settings. I went through various sites looking for answers and saw many solutions all of which either did not work or was not applicable. Then I noticed this strange process called Lrcnta.exe that i never noticed before... So I checked it out and found it belonged to a program called Smart Bar then I delved into the program deeper and found that it was Yahoo Smart Bar by a company by the same name as the process and not yahoo.. Alarm bells rang in my head and I decided to uninstall this program via Control panel, Add/remove programs and guess what.... It stopped the yahoo page loading up. So for those who can not find a solution that wont work or is not applicable.. check your machine for Yahoo Smart Bar ... KILL IT before it lays eggs. :)
 

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if you have iobit 'advanced system care' updated in the last couple of weeks and used the 'express install' then the spigot bar and yahoo search and home page changes are forced in, and even if you uninstall the 'asc' the horrible spigot bar and page hijacks remain, so you have to then uninstall the 'asc browser protection'(really the spigot bar) as well then re-set your preferred search engine AND home page.
I have had several customers have this exact issue and had to do these steps to get rid of the problems. and am no longer suggesting customers use the IOBIT ASC due to this exact issue
 

LillyLilly

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I just went to Chrome, Tools, Extensions.
There I saw a Tab Bar installed. (In the description it mentioned opens browser in Yahoo) I deleted it.
That took care of it!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

SenTariana

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I am having the same problem and I am finding all the possible solutions very confusing. Yahoo opens as my homepage no matter what I do with the settings and it opens as the homepage in tabs too. And clear solutions?
 

david12366

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That worked for me
 

stevie2

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I uninstalled firefox. Deleated the firefox folder. then reinstalled. Yahoo had hyjacked the home page from the first program run. Needless to say yahoo is removed from my search engines and hell will have frozen over before I ever use or buy their services. They are thuggs.
 
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