Nevermind..... I fixed it!
Months ago, I had installed a toolbar that likes Yahoo. Everything was fine for awhile, but then I guess it's developers changed something causing yahoo to override my google preference.
I uninstalled the toolbar. Checked to see if having it gone was the answer. It was.
Then I reinstalled the toolbar, unclicking the boxes that would have caused the override again.
Now everything is fine. Google searches in my address bar and my silly toolbar with my timer for my silly game.