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    Unable to remove Yahoo spigot

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    Angry Unable to remove Yahoo spigot
    Hi,

    I'm using Google chrome on a macbook pro [10.7.5], and recently, whenever I open chrome, the default search engine is Yahoo. I really want to get rid of this and change the default back to google, but I can't figure out how to do it. I've cleared the cache & deleted cookies, and I also went into settings/manage search engines, and completely removed Yahoo from there.
    I tried changing the DNS settings too, but nothing seems to work the url that comes up when I open chrome is ""http://uk.search.yahoo.com/?fr=spigot-yhp-gcmac&ilc=12&type=435714""

    I'm kind of at a loss about what to do next! If anyone has any advice I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks

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    Unable to remove Yahoo spigot
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    Have you installed any Yahoo software (and that includes any subsidiaries as well including Flickr)? It sounds like some piece of software is "fixing" things for you.
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    Unable to remove Yahoo spigot

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    I think I installed when I downloaded Vuze. Would that make sense? I've since deleted Vuze from my laptop, hoping that would help, but no luck

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    Unable to remove Yahoo spigot
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    It might make sense if Vuze made the change (I have no idea - don't use it). Has this happened to any other browsers?
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    Unable to remove Yahoo spigot

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    Yes, it's happened to all the browsers I have installed - firefox, chrome, and safari

    It's very annoying as I'm unable to even use the search bar at the top of chrome, or go to the google homepage manually - I think that it's been blocked.

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    Unable to remove Yahoo spigot

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    Aha! I think I've fixed it!

    Incase anyone else has a similar issue, to get rid of it, I did the following;

    I went to Chrome, clicked the little list icon in the top right corner, and then clicked View Background Pages. A little box pops up, and at the bottom of the list- the yahoo extension. I removed that completely - by highlighting it, and then selecting "End Process".

    Then I went into Chrome >> Settings. From there, I edited the "On Startup" section. I have "Open a specific page or set of pages" option ticked, so I clicked the link next to that which says "Set Pages". Lo and behold, Yahoo was there, too, so again, I deleted it, and re-added google.

    Finally, I went to the "Search" section, and deleted Yahoo as the default search engine for the omnibox. I'd previously done this, but I had to do it again. I also had to reset google as my default browser.

    I've exited chrome and reopened it, and everything seems to be back to normal! Hopefully it'll stay that way

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    Unable to remove Yahoo spigot

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    Hey guys,

    I found these instructions on how to change the default search engine:

    Change default search in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and Safari

    Hope this helps. It worked for me.

  8. #8
    Unable to remove Yahoo spigot

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    I had a similar problem.
    I went to Library>Application Support and moved Spigot folder to the trash.
    Then I reset my browser settings in Chrome at the bottom of Settings>Advanced Settings

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