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Title: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: jsrose9339 on June 20, 2014, 05:53:48 AM
So i have the Free version and it keeps changing my browsers search engine to Yahoo (Avast), or is it (Avast) Yahoo ... one or the other.  Anyway I do not want this, I prefer Google and I'd like it to stay with Google. 

How do I stop Avast from switching my search engine please?
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: JuninhoSlo on June 20, 2014, 06:11:09 AM
Hi

What browser do you use?
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: jsrose9339 on June 20, 2014, 08:12:26 AM
Firefox, the latest version
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: dlp69 on June 20, 2014, 01:05:23 PM
Avast doesn't change your search engine... (unless possibly you are infected then it removes bad entries and defaults)

Do you have a screenshot?
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: Pondus on June 20, 2014, 01:43:04 PM
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=150801.msg1095846#msg1095846
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=150703.msg1096269#msg1096269

Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: jsrose9339 on June 20, 2014, 10:27:54 PM
Avast doesn't change your search engine... (unless possibly you are infected then it removes bad entries and defaults)

Do you have a screenshot?

Screenshot of what?  My browser's search engine?  I promise, it says .... Yahoo! (Avast) ....  So I'm pretty sure it's Avast doing it.  Under Avast Tools it has a Browser Cleanup, which it says gets rid of bad add-ons.  However, it straight up says it will NOT remove bad add-ons unless you let it change your Homepage to Yahoo and search engine to Yahoo or Bing.

Once again, I have a hunch it's Avast
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: jsrose9339 on June 20, 2014, 10:30:14 PM
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=150801.msg1095846#msg1095846
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=150703.msg1096269#msg1096269

Thank you for the links, but having followed them I do see others have the same problem, but, and maybe I missed it, there isn't a solution anywhere.

I'm highly considering getting rid of Avast because of this.  It's just too annoying to have to change my search engine back to Google every time I open my Browser.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: Mr.Spock on June 20, 2014, 10:32:18 PM
What exact version of avast do you have installed?
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: towdesign88 on June 20, 2014, 10:35:01 PM
I have the same problem!!!  It's because when the browser clean up attempts to remove the mapsgalaxy add on it says in order to fix this it has to reset my browser homepage to yahoo-avast.  I keep changing my home page to google and mapsgalaxy keeps coming back - i would really like a solution to remove the mapsgalaxy add on. :'(
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: Pondus on June 20, 2014, 10:40:50 PM
@jsrose9339     did you check the second link....and read the post from bob3160


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   I'm highly considering getting rid of Avast because of this.
Why not just remove the browser tool.... any module you dont want can be removed
Ad/remove programs > avast > uninstall/change > change .....remove what you dont want

FAQ    http://www.avast.com/faq.php?article=AVKB96#artTitle


Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: jsrose9339 on June 21, 2014, 07:23:01 PM
@jsrose9339     did you check the second link....and read the post from bob3160


Why not just remove the browser tool.... any module you dont want can be removed
Ad/remove programs > avast > uninstall/change > change .....remove what you dont want

FAQ    http://www.avast.com/faq.php?article=AVKB96#artTitle

I did read bob3160's post, and replied to him in it.  His reply back to me was that it turned out not to be fixed after all and he's still getting the same problem.

Also, I did remove the browser tool, along with a couple other things I don't need, and still it switches my search engine
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on June 25, 2014, 03:04:47 PM
@jsrose9339     did you check the second link....and read the post from bob3160


Why not just remove the browser tool.... any module you dont want can be removed
Ad/remove programs > avast > uninstall/change > change .....remove what you dont want

FAQ    http://www.avast.com/faq.php?article=AVKB96#artTitle (http://www.avast.com/faq.php?article=AVKB96#artTitle)

I did read bob3160's post, and replied to him in it.  His reply back to me was that it turned out not to be fixed after all and he's still getting the same problem.

Also, I did remove the browser tool, along with a couple other things I don't need, and still it switches my search engine
It only changes it if you let it.... It doesn't continue to do it on it's own.
I can confirm that I still run into the request to delete the Google search protection.
More details on avast feedback section:
https://feedback.avast.com/responses/removal-of-google-search-protector (https://feedback.avast.com/responses/removal-of-google-search-protector)
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on June 25, 2014, 05:01:49 PM
I just updated avast! Free to the latest version: 2014.9.0.2020
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1403707103646-49366.png)
Went to the browser Cleanup tool and here is my choice.

Chrome is my default browser and Google is my default search engine.
I was told this problem was corrected. :'(
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: Asyn on June 25, 2014, 05:15:15 PM
I just updated avast! Free to the latest version: 2014.9.0.2020
...
Chrome is my default browser and Google is my default search engine.
I was told this problem was corrected. :'(
Bob, I suggest to post this in the beta section.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: MikeBCda on June 25, 2014, 08:17:19 PM
I ran into the same thing just once, and following suggestions here I simply removed the browser cleanup tool ... since I've little or no use for 3rd-party toolbars, no big deal having to double-check options when installing stuff.  No problems with it since then.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on June 26, 2014, 01:20:33 AM
I just updated avast! Free to the latest version: 2014.9.0.2020
...
Chrome is my default browser and Google is my default search engine.
I was told this problem was corrected. <$1alt="" title="" onresizestart="return false;" id="smiley__$2" style="padding: 0 3px 0 3px;" />
Bob, I suggest to post this in the beta section.
Why ??? this shows that the problem is still around even in the latest release.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: Asyn on June 26, 2014, 08:37:13 AM
I just updated avast! Free to the latest version: 2014.9.0.2020
...
Chrome is my default browser and Google is my default search engine.
I was told this problem was corrected.
Bob, I suggest to post this in the beta section.
Why ??? this shows that the problem is still around even in the latest release.
As 9.0.2020 is a RC, it might get more attention from the devs there.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on June 26, 2014, 02:55:12 PM
@Asyn,
It's already receiving lots of attention at:
https://feedback.avast.com/responses/removal-of-google-search-protector (https://feedback.avast.com/responses/removal-of-google-search-protector)
I'm not really looking for attention. Just a simple resolution. :)
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: ChangingTides on July 26, 2014, 05:10:20 AM

Finally after weeks of searching and not finding any help online I've been able figure out where the problem was.

Avast had changed the coding in a file that was affecting the reloading of Firefox. There is a file called "sessionstore" its a Java Script (js) file. Along with "sessionstore.bak"

Located:

C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\

Subfolders for me were named gxmb0960.default & m7ryhpl1.default

the js file and .bak file were located in both. I deleated both and problem solved

i hope this helps to those that need it

Avast, you can shove it up your @$$. since corporation are people and you love sh--ting all over people you must have one massive a--ho-e.

If avast would just listen to every one asking for help this would have been resolved months ago
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on July 26, 2014, 02:57:36 PM
On my system, I only found the .bak file which I've removed.
Since I've also not had any of the problems for some time, I think it
was probably the sessionstore file causing the problem.
That's only a guess on my part.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: Gopher John on July 26, 2014, 04:18:39 PM
By default, the Firefox sessionstore files are excluded from scanning on writes.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: obn822 on September 23, 2014, 11:56:15 PM
Ok I made an account just for this. I installed a different speed dial app to open when I open a new tab. However, when typing into the main hppt: search bar it was still Yahoo, so if you right click on the toolbar (where depends on your computer)> customize> insert search bar> click icon in small search bar> scroll down to google> right click to remove small search bar. This will make the main hppt: search bar google as well.

Hope that makes sense, but I don't know how to take screen shots on my computer.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: natashagarcia565 on September 24, 2014, 05:40:46 AM
So i have the Free version and it keeps changing my browsers search engine to Yahoo (Avast), or is it (Avast) Yahoo ... one or the other.  Anyway I do not want this, I prefer Google and I'd like it to stay with Google. 

How do I stop Avast from switching my search engine please?

Is there a clear solution to this yet?  I've read all the post here but doesn't look like there is a definite solution.  I'm hesitant to try one of the suggested solutions since I'm not an expert in these stuff and I don't want to mess it even more. Been looking all over the internet for solutions and ended up here thinking that there must be a solution in Avasts forum but so far I'm disappointed.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: Eddy on September 24, 2014, 06:16:18 AM
Yes, there is.
Don't use the browser cleanup tool.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on September 24, 2014, 10:22:33 AM
So i have the Free version and it keeps changing my browsers search engine to Yahoo (Avast), or is it (Avast) Yahoo ... one or the other.  Anyway I do not want this, I prefer Google and I'd like it to stay with Google. 

How do I stop Avast from switching my search engine please?

Is there a clear solution to this yet?  I've read all the post here but doesn't look like there is a definite solution.  I'm hesitant to try one of the suggested solutions since I'm not an expert in these stuff and I don't want to mess it even more. Been looking all over the internet for solutions and ended up here thinking that there must be a solution in Avasts forum but so far I'm disappointed.
If the tool tells you to choose Yahoo or Bing, don't use the tool. Simply close it.
It was supposed to be fixed. I haven't run into the forced Yahoo change lately.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: dw001a6590 on October 20, 2014, 05:45:28 PM
Hello all,
I too had this problem and yes I have solved it.
on google go to settings and on the section where it says "on Start up" choose  "open new tab page" this sets it back to only opening to google page.

you can choose the third option in the list and put in the url you want it to open to.

it has worked for me and stopped it reverting back to yahoo
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on October 20, 2014, 06:02:48 PM
Hello all,
I too had this problem and yes I have solved it.
on google go to settings and on the section where it says "on Start up" choose  "open new tab page" this sets it back to only opening to google page.

you can choose the third option in the list and put in the url you want it to open to.

it has worked for me and stopped it reverting back to yahoo
Unfortunately, that isn't solving it but correcting what should never have happened in the first place.  :o [size=78%] [/size]
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: DandyDonTX on November 11, 2014, 05:04:50 AM
This just started happening to me lately. I have been searching for a solution for a week, and finally found the cause was in my Avast.

Reading earlier posts here, I went to Avast 2015: Changing, adding, or removing individual program components and features in setup configuration of Avast Antivirus at http://www.avast.com/faq.php?article=AVKB96#artTitle  There I read...
Quote
First access the Avast Setup Wizard via your Contol Panel. If you do not know how to do this, please read the following article:
 
    Accessing the Avast Setup Wizard via your Windows Control Panel
Which took me to a dead link.  I did figure it out in Windows Programs tho.

I removed Browser Cleanup but when I rebooted my computer and open Firefox, the Yahoo search problem is still there.

Now what...??
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on November 11, 2014, 08:07:15 AM
This just started happening to me lately. I have been searching for a solution for a week, and finally found the cause was in my Avast.

Reading earlier posts here, I went to Avast 2015: Changing, adding, or removing individual program components and features in setup configuration of Avast Antivirus at http://www.avast.com/faq.php?article=AVKB96#artTitle (http://www.avast.com/faq.php?article=AVKB96#artTitle)  There I read...
Quote
First access the Avast Setup Wizard via your Contol Panel. If you do not know how to do this, please read the following article:
 
    Accessing the Avast Setup Wizard via your Windows Control Panel
Which took me to a dead link.  I did figure it out in Windows Programs tho.

I removed Browser Cleanup but when I rebooted my computer and open Firefox, the Yahoo search problem is still there.

Now what...??
Go to your browser settings and change the default search provider manually.
Removing the Browser Cleanup tool only prevents it from doing it again. It doesn't restore what's already happened.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on November 11, 2014, 08:14:46 AM
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1415689964305-37792.png)
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: DandyDonTX on November 11, 2014, 01:32:31 PM
I remove Yahoo from my Search Engines in Firefox after every reboot. This is how I know I know that it still happens ever after removing Browser Cleanup tool from Avast.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on November 11, 2014, 02:33:03 PM
I remove Yahoo from my Search Engines in Firefox after every reboot. This is how I know I know that it still happens ever after removing Browser Cleanup tool from Avast.
The idea isn't to remove anything but simply restore your favorite Search Engine as the default.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: DandyDonTX on November 12, 2014, 03:34:19 AM
I do that after every boot. How do I stop Avast from redirecting my Firefox search box yahoo?
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on November 12, 2014, 12:26:56 PM
I do that after every boot. How do I stop Avast from redirecting my Firefox search box yahoo?
If you've removed the Browser Cleanup Tool, it isn't Avast that's doing the redirecting.
Maybe you have something else going on with your system ???
Try following the directions outlined at:
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=53253.0 (https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=53253.0)
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: DandyDonTX on November 12, 2014, 01:50:50 PM
Avast was shown to be changing it by us.yhs4.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?type=avastbcl&hspart=avast&hsimp=yhs-001&p=
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: kellyjbw on November 13, 2014, 03:36:32 PM
wigging me out too, but I found a partial solution, easy to follow.. I ggogled it.  Open a google window, drag the little google icon to the home icon, and it will reset your homepage to Google. just click yes. doesn't fix the little browser bar tho, but easy to click the home button at least.
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: kellyjbw on November 13, 2014, 03:42:25 PM
still waiting for the real fix.. WHY did I click that stupid update clean button??
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: frujensen71 on January 29, 2018, 06:26:00 AM
I think I've found the solution (thanks to another forum, not my solution!):

"On my computer it looked like it was a problem made by a lavasoft ad-aware update. I removed 2 files: dsengine.cfg en dsengine.js. from the program files (x86) folder/Mozilla Firefox (root and folder defaults) , put the preferences like homepage back to my preferences and bing was gone en didn't return. Regards, Peter" (https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1194334 (https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1194334), 5th(-ish) post from the top)

It worked for me, so thanks to Peter! Wanted to share that here, too.

Much love!
Title: Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
Post by: bob3160 on January 29, 2018, 02:42:33 PM
Sorry but posting in a three year old thread makes no sense whatsoever.