Stop Yahoo from becoming default search engine.

Chrome on Windows 10 always has Yahoo as default search engine. Friend tells me he does not change it to Yahoo after I change back to Google.

Windows defender is on.
Please don't tell me to use another anti virus product because computer runs fine except for the small change to yahoo.
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rgb192Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have Chrome running here and Google is Default. Go to the 3 vertical dots, Settings, Manage Search Engines and make sure Google is selected and at the top. Use the edit buttons at the side to ensure everything else is OFF.

If you still have issues, uninstall Chrome completely, restart and install Chrome, patch and test.

If the above does not work, make a new, test Windows User Profile (Account). Log into the new Windows Profile and test Chrome.

Note: I am running Windows Defender.
Christopher RourkeProduct Manager @ Experts ExchangeCommented:
Friend tells me he does not change it to Yahoo after I change back to Google.

Does your friend use your system regularly? As in, does he have his own profile from Chrome on your computer? Or has he logged into his own Google account from you instance of Chrome?

If your friend prefers Yahoo and has it set as the default search for his Google Chrome profile, then signs on using your instance of Chrome it could be auto-adjusting the settings according to his profile.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Why would GOOGLE - who makes Chrome - want you to use Yahoo for search?

Microsoft isn't doing it - if they were, they'd be switching you to Bing - their own search engine.

This makes no sense.  I suspect you have installed some third party extension or program that switches your search to Yahoo.

This might have something to do with it...
https://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/8835-search-yahoo-com-redirect
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McKnifeCommented:
You could look at https://unlockforus.com/make-duckduckgo-chromes-default-search-engine-using-gpo/ which describes how to lock a serach engine using GPOs. That is, if you have Windows 10 pro, because the procedure requires pro. Home version users would need to look up which registry keys chrome's administrative templates are using and set these.
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
Windows defender is not an antivirus software.

What other antivirus software you have installed?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Jackie - on Windows 10, Windows Defender IS an Anti Virus and now (V1709) is a very good one.

However, to your point, no other A/V should be installed (in my opinion).
rgb192Author Commented:
If your friend prefers Yahoo and has it set as the default search for his Google Chrome profile, then signs on using your instance of Chrome it could be auto-adjusting the settings according to his profile.

My friend is using their own computer so I need to tell them how to check to see if he has a profile.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to set the default browser and then set the search settings inside the browser. I showed how for Chrome up top here.
McKnifeCommented:
No comment on my suggestion? It is a way of solving it.
rgb192Author Commented:
No comment on my suggestion? It is a way of solving it.
Your solution looks complex because it involves registry. I will attempt.


You need to set the default browser and then set the search settings inside the browser. I showed how for Chrome up top here.
I thought you wanted me to change profile.
McKnifeCommented:
My solution uses group policies. There is a how to which is easy to follow. Only if you have the home edition of windows, you will need to use the registry. Do you have home? Do you need help with that?
rgb192Author Commented:
yes home edition
yes I need help with that
McKnifeCommented:
Ok, here you see the registry values as a regfile that you can edit and then merge. I took the example from my previous link and set the search engine to be duck duck go.
SearchEngine.reg
rgb192Author Commented:
How do I save and run file
McKnifeCommented:
How you save it? You click on it and the browser offers to save it. You run it by double clicking it. It will be imported into your registry.

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rgb192Author Commented:
this registry change will only require double clicking on a file
after
unchecking hide extensions of known file types
and removing .txt

thanks
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