Removing the Yahoo! Toolbar from Firefox

Yahoo Toolbar RemovalThese days, it’s easy to find your browser covered in dozens of toolbars that you neither want nor need. Almost every program you download, from media players to games, has a big-name company’s toolbar included. One of the most common ones, due in no small part to how widely used their chat program is, is Yahoo!’s own toolbar. Luckily, like all toolbars, this is fairly easy to remove or just not install in the first place. There are a couple different ways to keep his toolbar from getting in your way, depending on what your end goal is, and you’ll be looking at all of them today

The first option you should keep in mind is not installing the toolbar in the first place. You most likely already have it on your browser, but it’s important to know how to prevent it from coming back. After all, what’s the point in getting rid of it only for it to pop back almost immediately? Any time you’re installing a program, whether from the internet or a CD, you’ll normally come to a choice that says “standard installation” or “advanced options”. Choose “advanced options” and keep a close eye out for anything that mentions a toolbar. Simply make sure that the check box next to any options related to the toolbar are empty and you’ll be all set.

Sometimes, however, you want to have the search and email options offered by the Yahoo toolbar without sacrificing parts of your screen to it. This is where hiding the toolbar can come in handy. Most versions of firefox have an easy way of handling this. On the menu bar – which can be accessed by hitting the F10 or Alt key in later versions of Firefox and/or Windows – simply go to the “View” menu, then move your cursor over the “toolbars” option. This will display a list of all your currently installed toolbars, such as your Yahoo! toolbar. The check mark beside any given toolbar is an indication that the toolbar is currently shown. To hide a toolbar, just click it in this menu. Just like that, your Yahoo! toolbar is hidden until you need it.

Most people, however, just want the toolbar completely gone. Whether it’s because of a personal preference, or a fear of trojan-carrying toolbars, it makes no difference. In this case, you’ll have to get a bit more in-depth in order to remove the toolbar completely. First, you’ll have to open the menu bar again. Then, go to the “Tools” menu and click “Add-ons”. This will open up a new tab for changing, updating, installing, or removing any add-ons for your browser. From there, click “Extensions” on the left-hand side of the window. This will bring up a list of all your extensions, including the Yahoo! toolbar. Simply click the Yahoo! toolbar in this list, and click “Uninstall”. You’ll have to restart your browser to finalize the process. With that last step, you’re finished getting rid of the Yahoo! toolbar.

These steps will work with just about any toolbar out there. Just keep in mind that almost every installation program will try to put a toolbar into your browser. Prevention really is the best medicine so make sure to keep the instructions on preventing toolbar installation in mind. If you do get more unwanted toolbars, however, just repeat the process you used for the Yahoo! toolbar and you’ll be toolbar free again.