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#1 coffepaul

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:41 AM

Hello,

 

1st time user here. I downloaded an AVG update this morning and now I find it has taken over my mozilla firefox connection. Instead of google, I now have an "AVG Secure Search" powered by Yahoo. What is the best way to get my Google back?

 

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:06 AM

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/reset-firefox-easily-fix-most-problems



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:20 AM

Hi coffepaul

     Welcome to BC.......the best of the best ,surely you will love it here ! I had the same problem & please double check that my memory serves me correctly because I am far from knowing much about computers-lol(very far)    I do believe it was the
"favicon restorer"that fixed it in a jiff............................
 


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:43 AM

Tools - Options - General tab - Homepage - Enter 'www.google.com'

 

In the search bar at top right, click the Down arrow by the AVG icon, select 'Google'.  Repeat process, this time select 'Manage Search Engines'. Select 'AVG Secure Search', click 'Remove'.



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:46 PM

Can't thank you folks enough! I went to my "programs" and saw the evil AVG Toolbar and uninstalled it. That appeared to do the trick. I then ran Adware and Spyware programs to avoid further pollution. AVG uses Yahoo as their search engine, which gives me the creeps.

 

Best wishes,

 

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 10:52 AM

AVG Security Toolbar and AVG Secure Search (created by the makers of AVG Anti-virus) are optional add-ons when installing their anti-virus product if you choose "Customized" install instead of "Express". Since most folks choose an Express install they usually are not aware these options are also being installed since they are pre-checked by default during installation. Some users have also reported that after AVG auto-updates, it will install the toolbar as a browser add-on without input from the user.

AVG Security Toolbar and AVG Secure Search are also commonly bundled as an option with other free software users may download and install. Many folks overlook that option since it is pre-checked by default and they unknowingly install it. For example, the toolbar is bundled with PDFCreator.

So even if you decline the option to use these add-ons when installing AVG anti-virus, you may still end up finding them on your system some point after an AVG update or by unknowingly downloading and installing another program where they have been bundled. This also explains how those who never used AVG anti-virus also sometimes find AVG Secure Search and the Security Toolbar installed.


* How To Disable AVG Secure Search Provider In Browsers
* How to uninstall AVG Secure Search in Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome
* How To Disable AVG Search From New Tab
* How to remove AVG Toolbar, Homepage and Secure Search from your browser with AVG Browser Configuration Tool
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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:12 PM

Quietman7,

 

I appreciate your answer and the links!

 

 

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:45 PM

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