How To Remove Search Engines (Specifically Yahoo) From Firefox / FlockBy Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Sunday, October 23, 2005
After my ill-fated attempt to use latest version of Yahoo Instant Messenger (The Malware), I manually removed all traces of Yahoo Instant Messenger from my system. One thing however persisted - their search engine plugin for Firefox.
Yesterday when I installed Flock I realized Yahoo is selected as their default search engine plugin too.
Obviously Yahoo is paying huge sum to make such a inane search engine as the default in browsers such as Firefox and Flock. Yahoo search is miles behind Google. In fact MSN search is closer than Yahoo.
According to Valley serial entrepreneur Mark Pincus Mozilla Foundation is rumored to be making 30 million annually off of its deal for the google search box in Firefox.
In any case I decided to no longer tolerate Yahoo on my system. No longer will I allow it to come up as a default search engine. It took me about 3 minutes to achieve Yahoo-free-nirvana.
Steps to remove Yahoo or any other Search Engine from Firefox / Flock:
Go to [Installation Directory]\searchplugins
Go to [Installation Directory]\Flock\searchplugins
Delete Yahoo.gif & Yahoo.src
(Delete the corresponding files for removing any other search engine)
Restart your browser
Enjoy Yahoo free world!