How To Remove Yahoo Toolbar

This article aims to help you remove Yahoo Toolbar. These  removal instructions also work for Firefox, Chrome and other popular browsers, and for every version of Windows.

How to remove Yahoo Toolbar

We received a number of readers’ questions starting with the phrase “yahoo toolbar löschen”, clearly indicating that this is a global issue. We are probably all familiar with the popular search engine Yahoo!, which offers a series of other services, such as email, Yahoo Answers, news and more. It’s a cool and useful website, but that, like many other things in life, is a matter of taste. So, if you don’t like it – you should be able to use something else. However, sometimes your option of turning to an alternative can be snatched away from you and this can prove to be extremely annoying.

Various app and other software developers have learned to impose Yahoo Toolbar on users without asking for their permission or consent. This is done by something called program bundling, which enables the developers to install additional, third party software alongside other programs. So, say you decided to download some kind of freeware and upon doing so you proceed to install it. If you would have opted for the custom / advanced setup, you would have most likely seen the additional ‘features’ that were bundled in with the freeware. For example, this would have been Yahoo Toolbar; and should this have been the case, you would have had the option of either allowing or denying these parasite programs access to your system. In most cases, however, people tend to go for the easier default installation option and are therefore completely unaware of what else is being installed. Little question as to why so many readers are interested in the “yahoo toolbar löschen”.

Do you have the real thing?

Generally speaking, the installation of the Yahoo Toolbar acts in a way that is disturbingly similar to a browser hijacker and can affect all of the most popular browsers (Chrome, Mozilla and Internet Explorer). As a result of its installation, the main settings of the browser you are using are changed. This means your homepage, the default search settings and the URL of each new tab you open will all be linked to Yahoo Toolbar. So regardless of which search engine you prefer, you will automatically be redirected to Yahoo when attempting to look something up. In addition to this, your browser will now have a new feature added to it: the Yahoo Toolbar, which will appear at the top of the page as a bar, somewhere beneath the URL. Depending on the version, it will include some combination of the Yahoo! logo, a search bar with search button, and icons leading to some popular weather forecast site, as well certain social media outlets.

Many people mistakenly refer to Yahoo Toolbar as a virus, or malware of some kind. This is assuredly not the case, so there’s no reason to be afraid that it will try to destroy your computer in any way. This program is legitimate and not of harmful type, but since you probably got it through trickery (program bundling), then it’s not exactly your choice that you had it installed in the first place. And assuming you’re an adult with the freedom of choice, and ability to decide what’s best for you, you would have probably already chosen Yahoo Toolbar as you’re default search engine, homepage, etc. if you so wanted to. For this very reason we’ve developed the below guide to walk you through the process of removing Yahoo Toolbar from your system once and for all. The instructions below are described in a step-by-step, easy to follow manner, so you shouldn’t face any difficulties along the way.

Removal and prevention

Though we will go over the whole removal process in detail in just a little bit, we would like to assure you that it’s a simple one. You will merely need to remove the annoying program from your Control panel and then do the same within the browser you are using. However, once you’ve completed the steps we’ve provided, it’s best you simply avoid getting your computer infiltrated with unwanted software. While this particular one isn’t a downright threat, it uses the same distribution means potentially dangerous programs do. That being said, it’s essential that you be very careful with the programs you choose to download and more importantly – their sources. If the website seems suspicious, there’s probably good reason for that and you should best stay away. In the event that you already have gone as far as to download some program from a not particularly trustworthy source, then be sure to go for the custom or advanced installation, as this will enable you to see any additional software that may had been bundled in.

How To Remove Yahoo Toolbar:

Step1

First, you will have to remove  Yahoo Toolbar from the extensions / add-ons section of your browser.

For Chrome: Menu -> More Tools -> Extensions. Disable and delete Yahoo Toobar

For Mozilla: Menu -> Add-ons -> Extensions. Remove the plugin.

For Internet Explorer: Gear -> Manage Add-ons -> Remove.

Step2

Change your homepage.

For Chrome: Menu -> Settings -> Under Open startup tick open a specific page or set of pages and then click on Set pages. In the new window remove Yahoo and enter your preferred homepage URL.

 homepage - chrome

For Mozilla:  Menu -> Options -> Enter the desired domain.

For Internet Explorer: Gear -> Internet Options -> Enter the address of your website of choice. For no website at all, simply enter about: blank.

Step3

Change your default search engine.

For Chrome: Menu -> Settings -> Manage search engines… (under Search) -> remove Yahoo and add search engine of your choice. search - chrome

For Mozilla: In the URL address bar enter about:config and hit Enter. Type search.yahoo.com in the search filter and right click on the preferences to restore the default settings.

For Internet Explorer: Gear -> Manage Add-ons -> Search Providers. Select the desired search engine.

Step4

Finally, you will need to remove Yahoo Toolbar from your Control Panel. Go to Computer -> Control Panel -> Uninstall a program. Locate the unwanted program from the list and right-click on it, then click Uninstall (Remove).

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