How to Remove Yahoo Search

How to Remove Yahoo Search from Chrome?

If you want to remove Yahoo Search from Google Chrome you can change your default search engine:

  1. Start Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the Chrome icon at the top right corner of your screen.
  3. Now go to Settings.
  4. Then in the Search Engine section select a search engine in the Search engine used in the address bar field.
  5. Remove Yahoo Search and add your preferred search engine.

It is advisable you continue with our Yahoo Search removal guide below.

Yahoo Search

Yahoo Search is often used as an Adware virus-like piece of software that you should remove as soon as possible. Having to put up with it is not only annoying but could also be dangerous to your machine. Unwanted advertisements (Ads) as those generated by Yahoo Search are one of the most common causes for infections with more dangerous viruses and they slow down your computer and make your online experience hell.

A typical example of a potentially unwanted program is the Segurazo Antivirus.

How to Remove Yahoo Search

How to Remove Yahoo Search?


The Ads created by Yahoo Search can vary in shape, size, and form. They’ll most commonly be pop-ups and banners, but they could also create new pages (filled with Ads) or maybe even turn random words from texts you read into hyperlinks coupled with a pop-up Ad. What they all share is their function and unfortunately, there is absolutely no quality control over what sites they advertise – it’s whoever paid the creator.

If the Internet ads you see online seem to have recently become more annoying than usual and if they follow you around the web instead of staying only on the sites that typically have aggressive advertising activities, then you should consider the possibility of having a browser hijacker such as Yahoo Search on your machine. Or maybe you already know that you have this app on your system and are currently trying to find a way to put an end to the frustrating ads-generation that you are being subjected to each time you try to use your Firefox or Chrome browser (or, really, any other browsing software). Some other unpleasant symptoms that are likely to accompany the ads generation if you do indeed have a hijacker on your computer are sudden redirects to promotional webpages and unknown sites an well as an unwanted browser search engine and homepage modifications or replacements. All of this is typical for apps like Yahoo Search “Virus” and though it isn’t directly threatening or harmful to your machine, it could still hide its risks.

Nevertheless, the good news here is that you aren’t faced with a serious cyber-attack such as one from a Ransomware cryptovirus or a Spyware or a Trojan Horse. Hijackers actually have a low to medium risk level and are mostly not harmful on their own. In fact, some might even offer some form of free function in order to lure the user into keeping them on the system. The problem here is that this would still likely not make up for the ads invasion and, thus, it’s still better to simply eliminate the invasive software. Instructions on how you can quickly take care of the frustration brought on by Yahoo Search “Virus” by uninstalling the app are available in the following removal guide that we advise you to make good use of.

More on the topic of Yahoo Search and other browser hijackers

We said that Yahoo Search is no Ransomware or Trojan virus but we also said that there is still a certain level of risk associated with such an app. The main reason for this lies in its rather aggressive advertising and page-redirecting agenda. You are not advised to interact with any of the commercial materials brought to you by Yahoo Search as they may not be safe or reliable. Of course, there will likely be many legitimate offers but it really only takes for you to interact with the one advert that is unsafe for your PC to get targeted by some anonymous hacker’s malicious virus program. With this in mind, it should be quite obvious why we always advise the readers of our articles to stay alert at all times when there’s a hijacker involved and never tough any of its commercial messages. Again, the removal of such apps is the key to keeping your PC safe. Just remember to also avoid obscure software sources and sketchy online content in general so that you don’t get any more browser hijackers installed on your computer from now on.

Don’t click on the Ads, don’t install anything

Most of the sites advertised on Yahoo Search are fake to some extent or another. Some will try to download other viruses on your computer, others will try to sell you hacked software as legitimate. Others may appear OK until the point you make a purchase and then they steal your credit card number. Not all will be fake of course, but it really isn’t worth the risk so you are best off staying away from those Ads.

Also, Yahoo Search may try to make you install a virus on your computer. It follows the standard scheme of free software installation, which Yahoo Search will go to lengths to make it seems legitimate. For example, Yahoo Search is not shy of creating fake error or warning messages claiming non-existing problems with your computer – stuff like missing plug-ins, required codecs, virus infestations or errors with the registry. You’ll then be prompted to download a program that could fix those, but in reality, you’ll be downloading a virus.


Name Yahoo Search
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms Unwanted Ads and Toolbars, search engine redirects.
Distribution Method Software bundles, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.
Detection Tool

How to get rid of Yahoo Search

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide

How to Remove Yahoo Search

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

How to Remove Yahoo Search


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

How to Remove Yahoo Search

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

    NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    How to Remove Yahoo Search  Remove Yahoo Search from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  How to Remove Yahoo Search —–> Manage Add-ons.

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to How to Remove Yahoo Search —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    How to Remove Yahoo Search Remove Yahoo Search from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  How to Remove Yahoo Search  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    Find the adware/malware —> Remove.

    How to Remove Yahoo SearchRemove Yahoo Search from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    How to Remove Yahoo Search

    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!



    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.


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