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April 21st, 2011
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How do I remove all vestiges of Yahoo from Firefox?
In particular, I've got Yahoo! on the top row with File, Edit, View, etc..

I don't know if it makes sense to be so angry about this, but I didn't ask for Yahoo! anything. I don't want the option of a Yahoo! toolbar, and I don't want to see it anywhere on my screen.

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From:agrumer
Date:April 22nd, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
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Any idea how it happened? If there's an addition to the menubar, I'm guessing it's an add-on of some kind, probably an extension. Select "Add-Ons" under the "Tools" menu, and hunt around in the resulting dialog.
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From:nancylebov
Date:April 22nd, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
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Thanks, but I don't know how it happened. The only add-on I've got is text area cache.

There doesn't seem to be a "put yahoo on the menu bar" add-on in the add-on dialogue.

This says there's supposed to be a "remove this" in the Yahoo menu, but there isn't.
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From:thespian
Date:April 22nd, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
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at some point, while you were installing something, you skipped or blew past a 'free' thing that said 'Install Yahoo Toolbar' (which is actually what they hope you'll do; you just need to miss it *once* and they get you. EVERY time I upgrade my Open Office or Java it asks to install Yahoo! tools).

I don't know if you're on a PC or Mac. On a PC, if you move over the toolbar (any part of it except for the entry fields and buttons) and right click, it will show you a list of all the menu bars being shown, and you can unclick Yahoo!.

I believe the same, using cmd-and click, will work for a Mac, but I am not 100% sure.
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From:nancylebov
Date:April 22nd, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
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Thanks.

I've got a PC.

I've found something which will hide or reveal the menu bar, which is good if I want a little more screen.

However, if I click on an unassigned part of the toolbar or the menu bar, I get Menu Bar, Navigation Toolbar, Bookmarks Toolbar, Zone Alarm Community Toolbar, Yahoo! Toolbar, Add-on Bar, Tabs on Top, and Customize. Customize gives me the choice of adding some icons.

There is no list of menu bars.
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From:thespian
Date:April 22nd, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
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Yahoo Toolbar is the menubar to uncheck.
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From:theweaselking
Date:April 23rd, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Do not uncheck it. Unchecking it just hides it.

Instead, close Firefox. Go to Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs (XP) or Control Panel -> Programs And Features (Vista/7). When the list of instlaled programs appears, scroll down it until you see "Yahoo toolbar" and uninstall it from there.
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From:nancylebov
Date:April 23rd, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, but I don't have Yahoo anything in my Add/Remove Programs.
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From:theweaselking
Date:April 23rd, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
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How.... aggravating.
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From:madfilkentist
Date:April 22nd, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
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If all else fails and you're on a Mac, go rummaging around in Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles under your personal home directory. This can be risky, though; deleting the wrong files could break Firefox.

I noticed that it keeps backups of my bookmarks forever. I deleted a few hundred old backups while I was there.
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From:hughcasey
Date:April 22nd, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
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What was said above, plus if you go to your control panel, then "Add/remove Programs", you can remove "Yahoo Toolbar" permanently there.
From:nancylebov
Date:April 22nd, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)
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Thanks-- the existence of Add/remove programs sounds like something worth knowing, but there's no Yahoo anything listed there.

I'm trying to get rid of Yahoo! on my menu bar-- it's not just the Toolbar.

I'm past the screaming rage stage (Get that piece of shit off my computer-- NOW!) but I'd probably be a little happier if I were rid of it.
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From:romsfuulynn
Date:April 22nd, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
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Googled remove yahoo firefox menu

found several answers including this:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100528223859AAAZ6W4

Short version
I found the answer. Tools->add-ons-> and then disable Yahoo in both extensions and plug-ins.
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Even with the toolbar disabled, there are some add-ons that I had to disable. I mentioned how to do that in my footnote to my question.
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