Although the Yahoo toolbar has some convenient features such as customization, email alerts, and bookmarking, many users are already able to access these options from their existing applications and discover that the toolbar becomes a redundant annoyance. Moreover, some users have expressed concerns that the configuration for Firefox presents vulnerabilities that can allow hackers to infect a user’s system with spyware or other types of malware that would need to be detected and removed by a good anti-spyware program.
The process for uninstalling the Yahoo toolbar from the Firefox browser is similar to the one for removing it from Internet Explorer if you are able to do it from the toolbar’s menu. Additionally, if this does not work you can also attempt an uninstall through the Firefox extension manager or by resetting your browser’s user profile.
To remove the Yahoo toolbar from Firefox using its own menu interface:
- Open your Firefox browser if you have not done so already.
- Look at the Yahoo toolbar and find the little pencil icon. Click on this and select the Uninstall option.
- When you get to the Uninstall page, select (surprise!) Uninstall.
- After the removal utility finishes running, close your Firefox browser to complete the process and then re-open it to make sure that the toolbar has been removed.
To remove the toolbar through Firefox extension manager:
- Open the Tools menu from within the Firefox browser.
- Select the menu option that reads “Extensions” or “Add-ons”.
- When the Extensions Manager window opens, locate the entry for the Yahoo toolbar and click on the area surrounding the relevant text.
- Click the “Uninstall” button beside the Yahoo toolbar entry when it appears.
- Click “OK” when prompted by the Uninstall window.
- Close the Extensions manager, restart Firefox, and confirm that the toolbar has been removed.
To create a new Firefox profile before removal of the Yahoo toolbar:
Generally speaking, this option should used only if the other two methods do not work. In rare instances, it is possible to have a corrupted user profile in the browser, which will cause the normal removal methods (among other things) to malfunction. Before deleting an existing profile, you should make sure that you no longer need it because you will lose any settings or information it contains after it is removed. Should this become necessary, here are the steps:
- Close the Firefox browser, including all open windows.
- Go to Start >> Run.
- In the Open box, type in either firefox.exe -ProfileManager OR firefox -P and click OK.
- Select the corrupt profile and click the Delete Profile button to remove it.
- Click the Create Profile button and make a new profile according to your specifications.
After deleting the old profile and creating a new one, you can then proceed with one of the other two methods so that you can finally get rid of the toolbar. If this still does not work, or if you need to remove other pesky applications, you can try a more robust removal tool such as Perfect Uninstaller. Meanwhile, I have not yet researched the Yahoo toolbar removal process for other browsers such as Safari, Opera, or Konqueror. If any of you are familiar with one or more of these, you can use the comment section to supply our readers with additional information.