This page aims to help you remove the Yahoo Provided Search “Virus”. These “Search provided by yahoo ” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you’re here it’s likely that you’re being plagued by numerous annoying ads that keep appearing and disturbing you, while you’re surfing the web. This is due to a probable infection with an adware called Yahoo Provided Search “Virus”. Adware is a type of software, which distributes immense quantities of advertisements throughout your browsing experience. Though it’s irritating and has most likely found its way into your system with the help of not-thoroughly-honest methods, it shouldn’t be referred to as a malware. The latter is a harmful, malicious (hence the name) program, such as a virus like ransomware or other such dangerous piece of software, and will undoubtedly cause damage to your PC. Adware, on the other hand, is relatively harmless. Relatively, not completely, but more on that later. It was important to make the distinction, but don’t let that relax you into letting Yahoo Provided Search further remain on your computer. We strongly advise you to remove it and will explain why as you read on.
What exactly is “Search provided by yahoo “?
The problem with Yahoo Provided Search “Virus” is the possible dangers it might lead you to through its endless pop-ups and page re-directs. Due to the fact that any given adware typically operates based on the Pay per click scheme, it will try to get you to click on its banners and links no matter what. So, if you happen to have clicked on any of the supposedly attractive-looking offers, you may have realized that it didn’t exactly lead you to the prize, coupon or whatever it was you were after. This is because the developers don’t really care about selling anything to you; they earn money on your ‘click’ and then the visit to the page you’d been redirected to, which followed.
On a different note: we encourage users to avoid clicking on any of their promotional material, not only because it will most likely be useless to you, but also because it’s potentially dangerous. You could land on a website that’s been laden with viruses and other threats, which might damage your computer. Or, perhaps by clicking on a certain ad, you might end up downloading something undesirable you’re your system. Thus, “Search provided by yahoo ” could serve as a gateway for malware to enter your PC.
How did Yahoo Provided Search wind up on my PC in the first place?
There are several ways you could have gotten it on your system and the most common way is through program bundling. This is a widely used technique applied by software developers (often not with the best intentions). It consists of the practice of packaging a certain program (like “Search provided by yahoo ” in this case) together with some other program, which you would typically go out of your way to find and download. Once you have downloaded the program in question and proceed to install it, the tricky part is in choosing the setup options. Most users opt for the easy default settings, either because they think the advanced option is too difficult or simply out of pure laziness. By choosing the default settings, you basically allow the developers to make the decision of installing whatever additional features they like. If you opt for the custom or advanced settings, on the other hand, you will be able to see what else has been bundled into the program and you will also have the ability to uncheck that additional software, preventing it from getting installed too.
How do I prevent this from happening again?
After you have followed the below steps and have successfully deleted Yahoo Provided Search from your computer, you should reconsider your safety measures, if those were even present. We cannot stress enough how important it is to stay off dangerous websites and avoid downloading content from murky open-source download platforms. You never know what it is you will land on and what you might bring onto your PC and what consequences that might have for you. Naturally, you should have a working antivirus on your computer at all times. It’s recommended that the antivirus also comes with a browser extension in order to maximize your safety, as you browse the Internet. Performing virus checks on a regular basis will also help maintain a secure environment and will help keep track of any potentially unwanted programs that may have found their way into your system.
|Name||Yahoo Provided Search|
|Danger Level||Medium (Has the potential of leading malware onto your system. Collects you data and browsing info and can sell it to third parties.)|
|Symptoms||Your computer might be running slow. You will be seeing an increased amount of ads, banners, pop-ups, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Mainly via program bundling or can be marketed as a useful program.|
|Detection Tool||Yahoo Provided Search may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Yahoo Provided Search “Virus” Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Yahoo Provided Search may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Yahoo Provided Search from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Yahoo Provided Search from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Yahoo Provided Search from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!