Remove YahooProvidedSearch Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

I wrote this article to help you remove YahooProvidedSearch Virus. This YahooProvidedSearch Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Do you get redirected to the YahooProvidedSearch site whenever you look for something online? If so, we have bad news for you. There is an adware parasite on your PC. Do not panic, though? Have you dealt with an adware before? These infections are relatively easy to tackle. They cannot be compared to ransomware and Trojan when it comes to levels of danger. Yet, the adware is not innocuous. Of course, not.

This is still a cyber infection we are talking about and we have never come across a harmless virus. It can still cause you damage. And it will unless you stop it. Especially if given the time, the pest can completely destroy your browsing experience. Do not let it. Cut its stay as short as possible. Bear in mind that it was never meant to be helpful to you in any way. The quite opposite. Once you notice the YahooProvidedSearch site, take it as a warning and start looking for the infection`s hiding place. When you find it, delete it upon discovery. The sooner you do, the better. Delays lead to regrets.

The adware is an ad-supported program. If it is to prolong its existence, it has to generate ads. If it fails this task, it gets taken down. The problem is that everyone can use the adware to promote and the program does not check what is being promoted via its services. Neither does it verify its advertisers. Anyone willing to pay can use it. People with malicious intentions included. And they do. Hackers take advantage of the adware and use to spread dangerous content online as well as to make effortless profits. That’s why you cannot trust the ads, the adware generates. Most of them are probably corrupted and deliver malware.

Of course, there might be some perfectly safe commercials on your screen but you cannot tell them apart. Not unless you click and that’s just too much of a risk. A single click on a corrupted link can result in you downloading more infections on your already infected computer. This means that you are exposed to malware risk 24/7. Aside from that, the ads are getting on your nerves. Even the safe ones.

You get buried in a sea of commercials and it doesn’t matter if they are corrupted or not, it is incredibly annoying. It ruins your previously normal web surfing. No matter what you do, the ads don’t go away. For what is worth, they even become more and more as time passes. The only way to get rid of them is to get rid of the adware. Luckily, we can help with that. Use our detailed removal guide down below. It is easy to follow and will help you clean your machine in no time.

How did you get infected whit this? The truth is there are plenty of methods an adware can use to sneak into your machine. For example, spam email messages, malicious attachments, freeware bundles, third-party ads, corrupted pages, unverified download sources, illegitimate torrents, fake program/system updates, etc. Each one of these tactics will do IF you are careless. This is what the adware needs them most to succeed – your negligence. So, don’t grant it.

Pay more attention while online. Download software from reliable sources only. Never open emails from unknown senders. Do not give your permission lightly. In other words, be vigilant. Don’t make yourself an even easier target by being careless. Sometimes a little extra attention goes a long way. Haste and distraction lead to infections. Caution keeps them away. Make the right choice.

YahooProvidedSearch Virus Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, 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-2Please, follow the steps precisely to remove YahooProvidedSearch Virus 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 YahooProvidedSearch Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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