How to get rid of Yahoo Search on Mac (Nov. 2018 Update)


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

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. 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.

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

Yahoo Search is an application which has a 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 operate 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.

Yahoo Search “Virus” Removal

Step1

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.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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:

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Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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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Step3

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.

Step4

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.
Step5

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 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 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.

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 which helps determine the types of content you are most interested in and lets the hijacker’s creators display ads which 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 which 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.

SUMMARY:

Name Yahoo Search
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Intrusive ads, annoying page redirects and some new homepage or search engine may disturb the way you normally browse the Internet.
Distribution Method Browser hijackers like this one can be found in free program bundles, shareware sites, torrents, free download links, ads, spam messages and others.
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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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