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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.
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:
Deceptive free software installers used in search.yahoo.com browser hijacker distribution to Windows users:
Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Search.yahoo.com
- What is search.yahoo.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall search.yahoo.com application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.yahoo.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove search.yahoo.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.yahoo.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.yahoo.com redirect from Safari.
Search.yahoo.com browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
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.
Search.yahoo.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.yahoo.com , 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu 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:
Click the Chrome menu 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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.yahoo.com , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (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:
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.
Computer users who have problems with search.yahoo.com removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
A 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. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of search.yahoo.com be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.
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. Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker: your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed, appearance of new toolbars, slow performance of Internet browsers, new Bookmarks or Favorites added, you can't change your homepage or default search engine, you see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website, you get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.yahoo.com from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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