Yahoo Search “Virus” Removal

I wrote this article to help you remove Yahoo Search. This Yahoo Search removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

All browser hijackers have one thing in common – the ability to change your default browser settings as soon as they get installed on your computer. As the changes are obvious, you can notice them the minute they are made. Usually, these modifications affect your default homepage and search provider as soon as the hijacker gains access to your browser. Thus, if you suddenly find out that Yahoo Search has replaced your default homepage and search engine, you should better remove the hijacker at once.

Unfortunately, the problem with such programs is that they are not only intrusive, but they can also threaten your system’s security by exposing it to a number of dangerous infections. Considering this fact, removing the Yahoo Search hijacker is highly recommended.

In fact, browser hijackers, adware programs, and potentially unwanted programs are all the same, according to their method of distribution. Usually, these programs are not distributed officially or downloaded directly. Most often, they enter your PC attached to the installers of supposedly genuine free programs promoted at unknown file sharing website.

Quite often, computer users acquire such applications without even realizing the huge risk for their virtual security. Another common mistake users make is clicking ads and links they see on questionable web pages. For that reason, multiple infections are granted the access to your computer, and the consequences could be damaging.

Remove Yahoo Search
The Yahoo Search Virus

The main issue for computer users is the fact that they often think they can remove Yahoo Search by switching the web browser, or by opening a new tab. Nevertheless, the hijacker is strong enough, so none of these methods actually works.

As soon as Yahoo Search hijacks your web browser, you will have no choice but to use it, if you want to browse the web. Despite the fact that the search results the hijacker provides you with may seem genuine, most of them are sponsored by unknown third parties and might transfer you to some corrupted websites. Be aware that you should never think about visiting such websites, which is the reason why relying on any results provided by Yahoo Search is out of the question.

Another disturbing feature of the Yahoo Search hijacker is its ability to store information about your system and browsing habits, which definitely puts your personal security in danger. So, if you find out that Yahoo Search has taken over your browser, make sure you will not use it until the infection is entirely removed from it.

Luckily, the removal of Yahoo Search is not a hard process. You can erase it either manually, or automatically. In case you need any assistance with the removal process, you can follow the manual instructions provided bellow this article. Nevertheless, even if you have completed the manual removal, you still have to scan your PC with a legitimate antimalware tool to make sure that all the existing threats have been removed entirely. The security tool will locate and delete all the potentially unwanted programs and will safeguard your system against malware at all times.

Yahoo Search Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Yahoo Search from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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