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Windows 7: How do I change the search provider in the taskbar address toolbar?

10 Jan 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Yes I do mean Address toolbar in the OS taskbar; and the down arrow to the right of it leads to a list of past search queries, not to a list of search providers.
Does anybody know a legit way of changing search providers for the address toolbar? I am in this situation because one of the utilities \ drivers whatever I installed for my new motherboard changed it to Yahoo. There must be a way to change it back ...

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10 Jan 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by walterono View Post
Somehow the search provider in the Windows 7 taskbar address toolbar has changed from Google to Yahoo. I would like to change it back but I have no idea how. I am using IE8 and the search provider there is Google; Yahoo is not even listed; yet the taskbar address toolbar always uses Yahoo ... Where is the setting I need to change?
Did you install a yahoo toolbar?
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02 Feb 2011   #13

Windows 7 Pro 64

if the following program is installed on your computer

*** ' Browser Configuration Utility ' (DeviceVM) ***
I reccomend you remove / UnInstall it.
This program hijacks Internet Explorer Address Bar search settings and redirects via a custom search URL that dumps ads with the search results.
( see this image )

For more info click here .

good luck,
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08 Nov 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I use ExpatShield--and I love it--but I missed a config option during install which allowed the VPN client to hijack my Windows 7 Taskbar Address Tool. Nothing could shake it--uninstall, reinstall, adware hunters, even Revo. My search terms continued to be referred to a private search page...{searchTerms}

...which would typically yield no results, and the query would be redirected to Bing. I'm happy for AnchorFree to be incentivised for the traffic--and Bing is a perfectly competent search engine--but after so many years, I'm just better at extracting information from Google's SERP.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Why go to all that fuss and take a chance on messing up the Registry.
The only inconvenience digging around in the registry is all the safeguards and protections you are well-advised to take. As long as you set a Restore Point (Start > Computer Right-Click > Properties > System Protection > Create Restore Point), you should be fine, but I always take a screencap before and after--and save it to an external drive, in case C:/ becomes difficult to access.

Regedit is easy to use and it can search the registry with surprising speed. I entered a fragment of the query string described above, and was soon presented with the offending registry entries to edit (or eliminate):

I just wanted to restore Google Search, so I overwrote the private search string with:{Search Terms}
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