Yahoo Toolbar

Also Known As: Yahoo Redirect
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Low

Yahoo toolbar removal instructions

What is Yahoo toolbar?

The Yahoo toolbar is a browser add-on claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by allowing quick searches and displaying quick links to Facebook, weather reports, email, etc. Whilst this is a legitimate browser plugin, many Internet users install it inadvertently without their consent when downloading and installing free software. Today, most freeware download websites and many freeware developers employ 'download clients' and various 'installers' in order to monetize their free services. Internet users should be aware that download clients offer installation of advertised browser plug-ins (including the Yahoo toolbar) and some hide the 'decline' button, which can otherwise be used to opt-out of such installations.

Yahoo toolbar

Free software installers can also lead to unwilling installation of potentially unwanted applications, since they tend to hide 'bundled' installation of adware behind 'Typical' or 'Quick' installation options. After successful installation, the Yahoo toolbar modifies users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) settings by assigning the homepage and default search engine fields to search.yahoo.com Note that users are able to opt-out of these changes, however, many computer users do not pay close enough attention to the downloading and installation steps of free software, and thus, inadvertently invite unwanted browser redirects.

The Yahoo toolbar is similar to other potentially unwanted applications, which install on browsers using the deceptive software marketing method, bundling. Examples include Ask toolbarMovies toolbar, and Mindspark. To avoid installation of such browser settings-changing programs, users should express caution  when downloading free software - inspect each download step and decline installation of advertised browser plug-ins. When installing the downloaded free programs, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal installation of any bundled adware. Note that, while the Yahoo toolbar can be uninstalled from the Control Panel, users must revert their homepage and default search engine settings manually, since uninstalling this toolbar does not roll back to the previous values. Computer users who have unwillingly installed the Yahoo toolbar can use this removal guide to eliminate it from their Internet browser/s.

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Quick menu:

Yahoo toolbar removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Yahoo toolbar uninstall using Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for "Yahoo Toolbar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes browser redirects to the search.yahoo.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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Yahoo toolbar removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Yahoo toolbar removal from Internet Explorer extensions

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for the "Yahoo Toolbar" and "Yahoo Toolbar Helper", select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing yahoo toolbar from Internet Explorer homepage

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove yahoo.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing Yahoo toolbar from Internet Explorer default search engine settings

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons" In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Yahoo Search".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yahoo redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Yahoo toolbar from Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Yahoo! Toolbar for Chrome", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing Yahoo toolbar from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over yahoo.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing Yahoo toolbar from Google Chrome default search engine settings

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Yahoo!" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yahoo redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Yahoo toolbar from Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Yahoo! Toolbar".

Change your homepage:

Removing Yahoo toolbar from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove yahoo.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "yahoo.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with yahoo redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine.

Removal assistance:
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