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It's taking over all my searches! I hate it! I looked in the prefs for Chrome and saw the list of search engines, and it says what my default is, but doesn't say how to change it. I just want google back. Any ideas on what to do?
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  1. Right-click in the search box and choose Edit Search Engines...
  2. Click the three dots to the right of the search engine you want to be the default, and choose Make default.
  3. Click the three dots to the right of the search engines you don't like, and choose Remove from list.
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Thanks, obvs, but that only has remove from the list. There's no option to make default in any of them. Just remove.
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It looks like i have 5 default search engines, which might be the problem because i can't seem to change the order, other than to remove all the others.
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BTW the first default is one i don't want and can't remove. It's called chumsearch
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Sounds like a virus or malicious add on. And shouldn't you be able to switch search engines directly in the search bar? Just click on the triangle and click the one you want.
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Open the terminal and enter this command, and then copy and post the result here:

sudo profiles list


and then do the same for this command:

profiles list
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Ok, how do you open the terminal? Ive always avoided it. :D

Betonhaus: thats just another step. I want to type what im looking for in the address bar, and not have to first go to a search engine and then search.
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justine wrote: BTW the first default is one i don't want and can't remove. It's called chumsearch

Apparently chumsearch is the reason. You can follow this Malwarebytes page to remove the malware. There is a section specific for Chrome.

Incidentally you can find Terminal in the Applications>Utility folder. While it is always wise to be cautious using such powerful tools, obvs' commands will only give lists and not change anything.
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I just ran malwarebytes and it says i'm clean, and chumsearch is still there.
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To open Terminal:

  1. Click on the Finder icon.
  2. Click the Go menu.
  3. Click Utilities.
  4. Open Terminal.

And then do what I posted in the previous post.
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defaults MacBook-Pro:~ justinem1$ defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
2014-02-19 13:02:22.299 defaults[16929:507] Unexpected argument YES; leaving defaults unchanged.
MacBook-Pro:~ justinem1$
[Restored Oct 24, 2018 at 7:13:46 PM]
Last login: Fri Oct 19 09:53:14 on console
iMac:~ justinem1$ sudo profiles list
Password:
_computerlevel[1] attribute: profileIdentifier: com.myshopcoupon.www
There are 1 system configuration profiles installed
iMac:~ justinem1$
iMac:~ justinem1$ profiles list
There are no configuration profiles installed for user 'justinem1'
iMac:~ justinem1$
Last edited by obvs on Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:19 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Reason: removed Justine's last name from the post
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aha, i see your credit card info, thanks for that
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justine wrote: I just ran malwarebytes and it says i'm clean, and chumsearch is still there.

Um, running Malwarebytes is the LAST of three steps at that page I cited. You should do the first two steps too.
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justine wrote: defaults MacBook-Pro:~ justinem1$ defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
2014-02-19 13:02:22.299 defaults[16929:507] Unexpected argument YES; leaving defaults unchanged.
MacBook-Pro:~ justinem1$
[Restored Oct 24, 2018 at 7:13:46 PM]
Last login: Fri Oct 19 09:53:14 on console
iMac:~ justinem1$ sudo profiles list
Password:
_computerlevel[1] attribute: profileIdentifier: com.myshopcoupon.www
There are 1 system configuration profiles installed
iMac:~ justinem1$
iMac:~ justinem1$ profiles list
There are no configuration profiles installed for user 'justinem1'
iMac:~ justinem1$
Good.

  1. Hold the command key and tap space bar
  2. Enter Profiles.prefPane and hit Enter
  3. Did a window that says Profiles open up? Is there a profile in the left column named com.myshopcoupon.www? Or do you see any other profiles listed by any chance?
  4. If you see such a profile, can you delete it by selecting the profile and clicking the minus button at the bottom of the column?
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Post by obvs »

Actually, you know what? I tend to be skeptical of malware-removal instructions whose sources I don't immediately know, because often they're sources for malware themselves, but DEyncourt's instructions seem fairly useful and thorough.

My instructions in my previous post will help you open the Profiles prefpane even if it's hidden(which yes, sometimes it can be). And they're still useful, but I would follow DEyncourt's instructions first in this case.

DEyncourt wrote:
justine wrote: BTW the first default is one i don't want and can't remove. It's called chumsearch

Apparently chumsearch is the reason. You can follow this Malwarebytes page to remove the malware. There is a section specific for Chrome.

Incidentally you can find Terminal in the Applications>Utility folder. While it is always wise to be cautious using such powerful tools, obvs' commands will only give lists and not change anything.
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DEyncourt wrote:
justine wrote: BTW the first default is one i don't want and can't remove. It's called chumsearch

Apparently chumsearch is the reason. You can follow this Malwarebytes page to remove the malware. There is a section specific for Chrome.

Incidentally you can find Terminal in the Applications>Utility folder. While it is always wise to be cautious using such powerful tools, obvs' commands will only give lists and not change anything.

You are the man of the hour! You too obvs!

One of the videos i watched touched on the profiles thing, but i'm always leery when it comes to things admin, especially when it's delete. LOL So, i followed all the instructions. The only difference was that there was no app, so continued on to sys prefs>profiles and removed that admin thing. Then i went back to Chrome, and chumsearch was no longer there.

Again, thanks! Even with the videos, i couldn't have done it without you guys!
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:up:

I also didn't realize how long that's been there. The mackeeper ad has been there a long time, and now it's gone. It was so annoying.
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mackeeper is malware, apple said so
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Interestingly, everything is faster now.
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BTW, the culprit was an Adobe flash player update popup. I fell for it and so did a coworker.
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justine wrote: Adobe flash player

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What browser are you using?
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justine wrote: BTW, the culprit was an Adobe flash player update popup. I fell for it and so did a coworker.

those things are pernicious
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obvs wrote: What browser are you using?

*scrolls*
*scrolls*
Seems to be Chrome.
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obvs wrote: What browser are you using?

Chrome
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justine wrote:
obvs wrote: What browser are you using?

Chrome


well, you don't ever need to install or update flash for chrome at all (if it still supported) if comes built in

but yeah, you may be still be tricked because other browsers do need a separate flash install

WHAT I DO, when I see ANY "flash update" popup, no matter what browser I'm using, is click "no" and close that window, and go to the flash control panel in the mac os system preferences, and check for updates manually.
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I wouldn't click "No", because if it's malware there's a good chance that the "Yes" and "No" buttons both do the same thing.

I would hit command w, and if that doesn't work, close the close box, and then go into System Preferences like you said and check manually.
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I only update from the official flash updater and even then rarely.
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That's thing. Both of us always go directly to the sourse, kinda like how youre not suppose to click on email links. Always go directly to the source. Neither of us know why we did it this time. I also had no idea flash was built into Chrome, and it never occurred to me about the yes and no buttons.

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I recommend installing some Chrome extensions to help keep you safe. I recommend installing them all. Here they are and what they do:

ScriptSafe - Prevents javascript from running on web pages you haven't whitelisted(and since malware popups like what you had come from javascript, this prevents them from popping up).

uBlock Origin - Blocks a whole bunch of ads.

Ghostery - Blocks a whole bunch of stuff from people trying to track you and invade your privacy.

FlashControl - Prevents Flash from loading on any web page unless you've whitelisted it.

They each put icons at the end of the address bar, and you can click on their respective icons to whitelist sites. If something doesn't work because of these, usually it's enough to click on the ScriptSafe button and whitelist the site there(which is simpler than it sounds). That's only required on certain sites, and then only the first time you visit a site(and most of the time you're probably viewing sites you've been to before). These extensions are usually less of a hassle than they sound, and even then, you can click on any and all of their buttons at the end of the address bar to temporarily or permanently disable them.

Having these installed also speeds up browsing. You might be surprised by how much faster a lot of pages load(although occasionally you do need to add one to the ScriptSafe whitelist to get it to work properly[and again, it's easier than it sounds]).

I also have AVG Free Antivirus installed, which helps keep out some other bad stuff, and which is not very resource-intensive like some other antimalware tools I've seen.
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justine wrote: . . . and it never occurred to me about the yes and no buttons.

The autofill function should also be used with great caution, even if only to fill a zip code; i.e., "Enter zip code to see availability in your area." The reason is that while only the zip code is displayed, all other personal info may be collected.
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Old Yoda wrote:
justine wrote: . . . and it never occurred to me about the yes and no buttons.

The autofill function should also be used with great caution, even if only to fill a zip code; i.e., "Enter zip code to see availability in your area." The reason is that while only the zip code is displayed, all other personal info may be collected.

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I've been using Bing more and more frequently over Google. Especially for sports, Bing is better.
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Bing is also much better for porn.
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Pariah wrote: Bing is also much better for porn.



Interesting, I might check it out. My experience has been that DuckDuckGo is not the best for porn.
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