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Search Powered by Yahoo

Search Powered by Yahoo is a potentially unwanted program that alters your browser and hijacks your web searches. Powered by Yahoo as a web search addition that changes your default home page and search engine to Most often Search Powered by Yahoo gets distributed in bundles with free programs.

Search Powered by Yahoo is a browser hijacker that targets the browsers installed on most Windows operating systems. Search Powered by Yahoo can integrate with the majority of browsing programs out there, such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.

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The Search Powered by Yahoo Virus will display pop up ads and windows

A browser hijacker basically works as a tool for online advertising. And as such, it will do everything in its power to push as many different products and services on you as possible. It does this through various popups, banners, box messages, in-text links and other forms of web advertisements. In addition, it can trigger page redirects to certain sponsored web locations in order to drive more traffic to them, for example.

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To try and uninstall Search Powered by Yahoo quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Search Powered by Yahoo extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Uninstall Search Powered by Yahoo by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and uninstall Search Powered by Yahoo and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Search Powered by Yahoo uninstall guide below.

And speaking of driving in more traffic, you may have already noticed that Search Powered by Yahoo has changed the homepage of your browsing program to a new one. The default search engine may very well have been replaced as well, and both of these acts are done exactly in the name of these websites getting more visits. The problem, however, is that, normally, not one of the affected users knowingly agreed to any of these changes. Furthermore, unless you actually remove Search Powered by Yahoo from your system, you won’t be able to have any say about the settings of your own browser. Any changes you attempt to make yourself will be overridden by the hijacker.

This is why our team of specialists has assembled a special removal guide for you. It’s simple to follow and in step-by-step format, and you will find it as soon as you’re done reading this post.

How Search Powered by Yahoo gets distributed

You might be wondering where this annoying application came from in the first place. To most, the presence of a browser hijacker like Search Powered by Yahoo comes as a complete surprise. And it’s understandable because the developers of such software rely on underhanded techniques to ensure that their programs actually reach the end-user.

Specifically, program bundles have to be the number one means of getting infected with a browser hijacker. What this boils down to is that the hijacker is placed in the installer of some other piece of software, normally a free system optimization tool or something of a similar caliber. And if you aren’t careful, which is what the developers are counting on, you can end up installing any added components together with the main program, whereas otherwise, you would have been able to leave them out.

This is one reason why experts tend to see browser hijackers like Search Powered by Yahoo as potentially unwanted programs or PUPs. And a contributing reason is that they might expose your system to various external threats, such as Trojans, ransomware, spyware and other viruses. That’s not to say that Search Powered by Yahoo is a virus, though. Browser hijackers are certainly not malicious, but caution is highly advised when dealing with them anyway.

Try not to click on any of the advertising materials that are thrown your way. And it’s best if you just see to the prompt removal of the source of all these dubious ads, so as to minimize the chances of landing on some compromised web location.


Name Search Powered by Yahoo
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Normally the first indication of a browser hijacker infection is the rapid influx of banners, popups and other online ads. 
Distribution Method Program bundles are the leading means of distribution, followed by spam messages and other hijackers. 
Detection Tool

How to Remove Search Powered by Yahoo

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

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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).

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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. 

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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. 

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

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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:

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

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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:

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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.

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  • 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).

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

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Search Powered by Yahoo Uninstall  Remove Search Powered by Yahoo from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Search Powered by Yahoo Uninstall —–> Manage Add-ons.

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

Search Powered by Yahoo Uninstall Remove Search Powered by Yahoo from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Search Powered by Yahoo Uninstall  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Search Powered by Yahoo UninstallRemove Search Powered by Yahoo from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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.


  • When I ran notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts I got

    below local host !!!

    SEARCH POWERED BY YAHOO! is still there…
    I mistakely removed the add on “SEARCH POWERED BY YAHOO!” from IE instead of disabling it…

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