How to get rid of Yahoo Search on Mac

How to get rid of Yahoo Search on Mac?

For a quick way to try and get rid of Yahoo Search on Mac try to do the following:
  1. Select Safari and go to Preferences.
  2. Open the Extensions tab.
  3. Select the Yahoo extension you want to get rid of and click on Uninstall next to it.
  4. Go to the General tab.
  5. Select your preferred options for the Safari browser on start-up, different from the Yahoo Search one.
  6. Now go to the Search tab.
  7. Select the preferred search engine of your choice and not Yahoo Search.
How to get rid of Yahoo Search on Mac

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If this quick method works for you then you might still want to check for any underlying or related issues with your Mac browser. You can do so by continuing to read this article.

How to Remove Yahoo Search from Safari / Mac?

If you don’t want to read the entire article (you probably should read it), you can try and do the following to remove Yahoo Search from Safari / Mac:

  1. Open Safari and go to the Preferences tab.
  2. Select Extensions.
  3. Choose the Yahoo extension you want to remove and then Uninstall it.
  4. Go to the General tab.
  5. Select the start-up options for your Safari or other Mac browser.
  6. Go to Search.
  7. Select Safari or another Mac search engine as your preferred choice for default search engine.
How to Remove Yahoo Search from Safari mac

Yahoo Search on Mac

Again, it is advisable to continue with the other steps mentioned in our Yahoo Search removal from Mac guide.

Yahoo Search

Today’s article is all about a piece of software called Yahoo Search. This application seems to operate as a typical Browser hijacker and tends to cause browsing disturbance to the users of browsers such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and so on. If you’ve ended up on this page because you are also facing browsing issues caused by this application, we suggest you stick around for a bit and read the information in the next paragraphs.

Why is Yahoo Search disturbing me and what does it seek to achieve?

There, you will find details about Yahoo Search and the browser hijacker software category in general. You will learn why your homepage or search engine has been mysteriously changed without your permission and how to remove the newly imposed browser changes. You will also learn why your screen is frequently getting filled up with ads and why from time to time you end up getting redirected to different promotional web pages, sponsored links, and aggressive new tabs. The good news is that, at the end of the page, you will find a detailed Removal Guide, which will show you how to rid yourself of all this irritation by uninstalling Yahoo Search and also you’ll learn how you can prevent such applications from hijacking your favorite browser in the future.

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

Yahoo Search is an application that has very specific behavior. It operates as a browser hijacking software, the main purpose of which is to promote various services, products, websites, search engines, and other software tools on your screen while you are browsing. This application may typically integrate into every popular or not so popular browser and force it to display hundreds of pop-ups, in-text links, blinking boxes, banners, and ads of all types and shapes. It may also automatically redirect you to certain sponsored links, sales platforms, or web pages in order to generate traffic for them. All in all, the way Yahoo Search operates may be pretty aggressive and unpleasant. Hijackers like this one are typically involved in aggressive online advertising campaigns that rely on models such as Pay-Per-Click (PPC) or some sponsored ads positioning and they earn revenue for their developers based on the number of actual clicks and redirects they can get. The strive of the hijackers’ creators for greater profits basically determines the behavior of the hijacker and the intensity of its page-redirects and ad-generating activities.

Oftentimes, a problem occurs for the users when the advertising software overdoes it with its promotional attempts and starts to interrupt the normal web surfing and interfere with the search results in favor of its sponsored content. This is also the main reason why such applications are regarded as potentially unwanted and a number of people would prefer to have them uninstalled. What is more, in some cases, the developers may try to use their software as a marketing research tool and may set it to collect some browsing-related data from the users’ browsers. For instance, they may set the hijacker to collect information such as recently visited sites, search queries, IP addresses, language, location, and browsing history. This is an invasive practice that helps determine the types of content you are most interested in and lets the hijacker’s creators display ads that you are more likely to click on.

However, such a practice, despite not being forbidden by the law, may lead to various issues and even to potential exposure to security hazards such as nasty Ransomware or Trojan-based viruses. Whichever way you look at it, an application that is running a data-tracking activity in the background of your system may not only occupy valuable system resources with rather useless processes but may also be considered as a violator of your privacy. The information that a Hijacker like Yahoo Search may gather may be transmitted to various online advertising agencies or sold to third parties for profit. And sadly, this is not the only thing you should worry about. The page-redirect activity which this software typically initiates may land you on web locations with a shady reputation. You can never be sure about the safety of the sites and ads that the hijacker may generate. Furthermore, the developers themselves do not typically take responsibility for any third-party content displayed by their application. That’s why, if you happen to click on a misleading link, a fake ad, or an infected page, you may end up with a real virus such as a Trojan, a Ransomware, a Spyware, a Worm, or some other similar insidious threat. Taking this into consideration, it’s better to use a professional removal tool or a manual removal guide and remove the hijacker from your system as soon as possible.


Name Yahoo Search
Type Browser Hijacker
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How to get rid of Yahoo Search

 Some users may be able to remove Yahoo Search from their Mac browser quickly with the help of these instructions. That’s why we are giving them here before you dig any deeper into the detailed guide:

  1. Launch the Mac browser that has been affected.
  2. After that, from its menu, navigate to the Preferences option.
  3. Find the extensions sub-menu and enter it.
  4. In the extensions list, look for Yahoo Search and any other extensions that you haven’t installed yourself.
  5. Once you locate Yahoo Search, Remove it from your Mac.
  6. Do the same for the other unwanted or unfamiliar extensions that you have detected by selecting the trash bin icon.

In the event that these quick instructions aren’t enough to rid you of Yahoo Search completely, then proceed with the more detailed instructions described below:


Before you do anything else, quit the Safari browser completely (assuming that this is the browser that has been affected by Yahoo Search)

In the off chance that Safari doesn’t want to get closed normally, use the Force Quit option (Apple Menu>Force Quit)



Once the problematic browser has quit, in your Mac, open Finder and navigate to activity-monitor

The Activity Monitor dialog box will appear on your screen. Take a close look at the active processes that have been listed there and seek the ones that you believe are causing you issues. Tap on the problematic processes one by one and select the “i”  button that is found at the top. This will display an information dialog where you can find a Sample button at the end.


Click on the Sample button and this will generate a sample of every selected process in question:


You should generate a sample for all processes that you think are part of Yahoo Search to determine if they are genuine or malicious. Also, you can run any questionable files in our online virus scanner to check them out and delete the ones that are flagged as threats to your Mac:

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    As soon as you are done with checking out the processes in the Activity Monitor, go to the Safari browser and launch it. However, make sure that you press the Shift key from your keyboard while the browser is launching. In this way, you will stop Safari from loading previously opened pages that Yahoo Search might have imposed. Once the browser opens, release the Shift key.

    If despite keeping the Shift key, Safari still loads some unwanted pages and scripts on startup, then Force Quit it and disconnect from the Internet. (Open Mac’s menu and select Wi-Fi OFF or unplug your internet cable from the computer). After that, press again the Shift key and relaunch Safari safely.


    When Safari opens, go to the Safari menu and select Preferences just as it is shown on the image:

    Preferences in Safari

    Once you enter in Preferences, find the Extensions tab and select it:

    extensions in safari

    This will reveal all the extensions that have been installed in your browser at a glance. Take a look of the list and if you detect any extensions that have been added without your approval or seem to be linked to Yahoo Search, hit the Uninstall button for them.


    Yahoo Search has likely affected all the browsers that you are using. That’s why, if you want to remove it completely, please, apply the following instructions to all browsers in use: 

    Open again the Safari Menu and select Preferences as you did in step 4. Then, instead of clicking on the Extensions tab, go to the Privacy tab this time.

    Privacy in Safari

    Once you get there, seek the option that says “Remove All Website Data” and select it.

    Important! After you select this, this will log you out of any websites that you have been logged in to and will delete all website data that has been stored!

    Confirm the action by tapping on “Remove Now”

    After you do that, while you are still in the Preferences menu, find the General tab and select it:

    General Tab in Safari

    Point your attention to the field where it writes “Homepage” and see what is written there. If the URL you see is not the homepage you prefer, change it to the one of your liking:
    Default Home Page

    After you are done with the homepage settings, navigate to the History menu. There, find the Clear History option and select it. This will remove any unwanted and problematic pages that have previously been loaded from your history. 

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

    If you are using Firefox and it has been affected by Yahoo Search, then open the browser and head to the top right corner where you can find this icon mozilla menu Select it to open the main menu and then select Add-onsOnce there, find the Extensions tab and tap on it:

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    Similarly to what we explained in the instructions for Safari, look through the extensions list and try to find unwanted/unfamiliar extensions that could be related to Yahoo Search and remove them. After that, simply Refresh Your Firefox Settings.(click the active link if you don’t know how to do that.)

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

     For Google Chrome, the instructions are almost identical. Just start Chrome, click i menu icon ( chrome menu icon) and navigate to >More ToolsExtensions. In the extensions menu locate the problematic extension and select the trash bin icon.

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    One more step before you are done. Go back again to the main menu icon chrome menu icon. Click it and select Settings. After that tap on the fourth tab that says “Search” and select Manage Search Engines.  If there are search engines that you haven’t installed yourself, delete them and just keep the ones that you use. Finally, Reset Your Chrome Settings.

    If, during any of the steps any questions arise, don’t hesitate to write to us in the comments section below this article. If the guide doesn’t help, try using the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner to deal with Yahoo Search once and for all.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.


    • Years ago I had used Yahoo and Firefox when I was still working in a Microsoft environment. But I gave up on Microsoft because of the hacking. I switched to Mac. But now Yahoo has taken over my computer. I hate Yahoo. I would love to read that they have failed.

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