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Offline jsrose9339

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Avast keeps changing my search engine
« 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?
« Last Edit: June 20, 2014, 05:55:41 AM by jsrose9339 »

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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 06:11:09 AM »
Hi

What browser do you use?

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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 08:12:26 AM »
Firefox, the latest version

Offline dlp69

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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #3 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?


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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #5 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

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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #6 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.

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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2014, 10:32:18 PM »
What exact version of avast do you have installed?

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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #8 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. :'(
« Last Edit: June 20, 2014, 10:37:03 PM by towdesign88 »

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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #9 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


« Last Edit: June 21, 2014, 03:54:59 PM by Pondus »

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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #10 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

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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #11 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

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:
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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2014, 05:01:49 PM »
I just updated avast! Free to the latest version: 2014.9.0.2020

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. :'(
« Last Edit: June 25, 2014, 05:03:42 PM by bob3160 »
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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2014, 05:15:15 PM »
I just updated avast! Free to the latest version: 2014.9.0.2020
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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.
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Re: Avast keeps changing my search engine
« Reply #14 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.
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