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Uninstall Yahoo Powered Search “Virus” (Mac Guide) Sept. 2019 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Yahoo Powered Search “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari,Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of Mac OSX.

If you have recently been worried about the presence and the behavior of a strange and aggressive application called Yahoo Powered Search inside your Safari,Firefox or Chrome or some other browser, then we should tell you that this is not a scary virus or a piece of malware to be panicked about. Yahoo Powered Search is not some sneaky Ransomware or a stealthy Trojan Horse infection which can nest inside your computer without any symptoms because the sponsored ads, random page-redirect links, banners and pop-ups of Yahoo Powered Search as well as the modifications it is likely to make to the search engine and the homepage address of your browser are bound to give its presence away. This application is a typical browser hijacker (a software tool used for online advertising purposes) which seeks to generate various sponsored third-party commercials on your screen during your regular browsing and make you click on them to generate pay-per-click revenue for its developers. The presence of Yahoo Powered Search “Virus”inside your computer is not fatal and is unlikely to affect anything in your system apart from the main browser. This piece of software typically attaches itself to the default browsing app (this could be Safari,Chrome, Firefox or another one that you have installed) and installs some third-party homepage domains, search engine tools, toolbars or redirect buttons in order to control your search results and to display its sponsored commercials. Usually, such changes take place without you being asked for your approval. Some people find it difficult to get used to the replacements and face a lot of frustration when they want to use their browser because they oftentimes get interrupted by hundreds of blinking boxes, redirect prompts, banners, pop-ups and ads that ask them to click on different links. If you are one of those users, then, on this page, you will find a solution that will help you remove the disturbance once and for all.

How to protect your PC?

Our “How to remove” team has prepared a special removal guide packed with detailed instructions and a trusted automatic removal tool for fast and effective uninstallation of the browser hijacker and all the related components. If you want to keep your system safe, however, it is not enough to uninstall Yahoo Powered Search “Virus” once because you may end up with it again in one way or another. The browser hijacker applications are commonly encountered all over the Internet and are available for free download along with other free apps, browser add-ons, software updates, automatic installation managers, torrents, ads and freeware links. They cannot infect you like a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware virus but you may install them accidentally in your system if you don’t pay close attention. That’s why, if you download and install different free applications and programs, we advise you to open their Advanced/Custom setup settings and specifically look for bundled components that are labeled as “recommended” or “bonus”. These are usually different additional or potentially unwanted applications, which may make some changes to your system if you don’t disable before installing the main program.


Name Yahoo Powered Search
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You can easily detect this program because its ads easily give it away.
Distribution Method Software bundles, torrents, free downloads, ads, spam messages, freeware and shareware websites. 
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Uninstall Yahoo Powered Search “Virus”


The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.



Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:


Now click on Sample at the bottom:


Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.


Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Privacy in Safari

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

firefox-512 How to Remove Yahoo Powered Search From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove Yahoo Powered Search From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

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!

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