Search.yahoo.com Redirect

Also Known As: Search.yahoo.com browser hijacker
Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium

Search.yahoo.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.yahoo.com?

Search.yahoo.com is a popular website that can be used as the browser homepage or default Internet search engine. Recently, there is a rise in browser hijackers (particularly ones developed by Spigot Inc,) that redirect Internet users to the search.yahoo.com website without users' consent. Developers distribute these browser hijackers using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - a method that allows installation of third-party apps together with other software. In this way, Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) are infiltrated without users' consent. Following successful installation, the browser new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings are assigned to search.yahoo.com. Furthermore, several applications called 'helper objects' (which prevent users from reverting these changes) are installed. This website is mostly bundled with applications distributed on freeware download websites.

search.yahoo.com redirect

Free software download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, and many others, monetize their traffic and free services via small programs called 'download managers' that offer installation of additional apps together with the chosen freeware. Although these advertised apps are presented as '100% legitimate', reckless freeware download and installation risks system infection with adware or malware. These rogue applications often generate intrusive ads and collect information that is later shared with third parties. This behavior may cause further computer infections or identity theft. Although search.yahoo.com is legitimate, and not related to virus or malware, it is bundled as a third-party app. Therefore, you are advised to eliminate this browser redirect from your system.

There are many browser hijacking websites with similar or identical behavior to search.yahoo.com. For example: i-search.us.com, searchult.com, dregol.com, and palikan.com - these are presented as legitimate search engines, however, the results displayed by these websites can redirect users to bogus websites. To prevent installation of browser hijacking applications, be attentive when downloading free software and never accept offers to install third-party apps. In addition, install downloaded programs using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If your browser continually redirects you to search.yahoo.com without your consent, the following removal guide will help you to eliminate this problem from your system.

Deceptive free software installer distributing "SearchConnect" application that causes browser redirects to Mac (OSX) users:

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Deceptive free software installers used in search.yahoo.com browser hijacker distribution to Windows users:

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Quick menu:

Search.yahoo.com browser hijacker 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.

search.yahoo.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for “Search Provided by Yahoo”, and other recently installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause 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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Search.yahoo.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.yahoo.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "YTD Video Downloader", and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.yahoo.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.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 search.yahoo.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click 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".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.yahoo.com browser hijacker, 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 search.yahoo.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "YTD Video Downloader", and other recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.yahoo.com from Google Chrome homepage

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

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.yahoo.com from Google Chrome default search engine

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 search.yahoo.com browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.yahoo.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "YTD Video Downloader" (and other recently-installed browser plug-ins).

Change your homepage:

Removing search.yahoo.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

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

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.yahoo.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "search.yahoo.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.yahoo.com browser hijacker 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

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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Post a comment:
If you have additional information on search.yahoo.com browser hijacker or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

bajara

all of these options are how to remove this problem in internet explorer. if the problem is that chrome has been hijacked then I need to know how to do it in chrome.

Hingle McCringleberry

Just had this happen to me went through every fix, yahoo blocks you from actively fixing this. so what you have to do is open chrome go to the options thing in the top right, go to the more tools menu and click task manager. Youre looking for an extension called koeijiff or something like then. end the process. Now you can access your chrome settings without yahoo redirecting you to the apps page. go to your settings remove yahoo from your search engines and then remove the extension called koejidif or whatever it is in your extension menu. I went through every fix imaginable and this is what i found to work.

Ulrike Rettig

Oops, in my post just before, I meant to say "referrer traffic" (not affiliate traffic). I get dozens of users on my (blog and interactive language games) via r.search.yahoo. I don't know if I should be worried. Thanks!

EM

There is a new add on that installed on my computer on 2 Jan 2017 called Safe Search incognito. On firefox go to settings then add-ons then click on recent add-ons and delete the incognito search add on

Dima

Only my Chrome on Mac OS was infected. The culprit was an extension "Domain Error Assistant" ( https://chrome.google.com/webs... ). That definitely wasn't the one I installed deliberately.

MinuteWalt

Arrgh, Yahoo! I got it again (such a rookie mistake). This was a great refresher, especially the about:config for FireFox that I somehow always forget.

I use different browsers for different things, cleaning up Chrome was a breeze, and I thought it had gotten my IE, but then I remembered I don't have IE, it got replaced by Edge which was apparently immune to this particular hijack, as was Opera (not mentioned above, but then again, who *ever* mentions Opera or Edge?)

M Das

Thanks a lot for giving ideas clearly to rid the yahoo problem. or else I may have to reinstall the OS only . Thanks again.

super thanks

did not work in firefox, tried all methods. mozilla operns iwth this address https://search.yahoo.com/?type...

Lowell B. Strong

I spent lot of money on anti-malaware software to try to solve this problem and you solved it for me with ten minutes of my time. Thank you, thank you, thank you.