Search.yahoo.com malicious redirect removal from Internet browsers

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 legitimate search engine, developed by the Yahoo! web services provider. However, users can experience undesirable redirects to it - due to rogue software, called browser hijackers, having infiltrated the browser and/or system. These dubious products do not need express user permission to be installed onto devices, because of this - they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). Browser hijackers operate by making modifications to browser settings. Additionally, they often have data tracking abilities, which are used to spy on users' browsing activity.

search.yahoo.com browser hijacker

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other popular browsers with large user bases are common targets of browser hijackers. Following successful infiltration, they reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of fake search engines. Hence, with such software installed, every new browser tab/window opened and every single search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to the address of an illegitimate search engine. Typically, these fake web searching tools cannot provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Google, Bing or other legitimate search engines. In some cases this is done by the web search provider's affiliates, as this promotion is monetized. In others - simply to create the impression that the software (i.e. browser hijacker) is a genuine and useful product. Browser hijackers have no real value to users, as search.yahoo.com (and other legitimate search engines) can be used without involvement of additional software. Furthermore, browser hijackers can install "helper objects", which prevent users from accessing their browser's settings. Alternatively, the "helper objects" can automatically reset any permitted changes made. Therefore, the browser hijacker must be removed to recover the affected browser. What is more, most browser hijackers can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is highly likely to contain sensitive and personally identifiable information. Browser hijacker developers often misuse such data and share it with third parties, intent on doing the same. To summarize, presence of data tracking software on browsers/systems can lead to financial loss, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Search.yahoo.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Supposed Functionality Browser hijackers promise enhanced search results, faster searches, improved web browsing experience
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Detection Names (rogue installer)
Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/InstallCore.Gen.A potentially unwanted), Kaspersky (not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.DealPly.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
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There are countless browser hijackers available on the Web. They are promoted as legitimate and useful software. Browser hijackers usually offer a wide variety of "handy" features. The advertised functions can range from easy access to weather, maps, package tracking, film/TV streaming services and other content to providing fast searches and accurate search results. However, these features rarely work as promised and in most cases - they do not work at all. Browser hijackers that promote search.yahoo.com are Protect My Search AppUnit Conversion TabCoupon SearchTemplates Here TabOnline Forms HubWeather Waves and many others. While, search.yahoo.com is a genuine search engine with no relation to viruses or malware, the software causing redirects to it - can be responsible for various issues.

How did search.yahoo.com install on my computer?

Browser hijackers and other PUAs can infiltrate systems in several ways. They can be downloaded from "official" promotional websites. However, they also proliferate through download/installation setups of other programs. The deceptive marketing method of packing ordinary software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". This technique is frequently used by freeware developers to generate revenue from their "free" products or by designers of untrustworthy content to promote it by abusing the popularity of legitimate programs. It is often possible to opt-out from these additions, however such options are typically hidden behind "Custom/Advanced" download/installation settings. Therefore, rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, used presets, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into devices. When clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts, designed to stealthily download/install unwanted software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to always research software to verify its legitimacy, prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and trustworthy download channels should be used. Sources like: unofficial and free file-hosting (freeware) sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - are advised against use, as they can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Download/Installation processes should be treated with care. Therefore, it is important to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline downloading/installing supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. Additionally, caution should be exercised when browsing. Intrusive ads usually appear legitimate and harmless, however upon being clicked - they redirect to various unreliable and questionable websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with adverts/redirects of this kind, it is of utmost importance to inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate it.

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

search.yahoo.com browser hijacker installer Mac

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

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Appearance of search.yahoo.com browser hijacker:

Utilitool redirecting users to search.yahoo.com

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Quick menu:

search.yahoo.com redirect 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 any recently installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which 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 redirect 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 any 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 "search.yahoo.com".

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 menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.yahoo.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.yahoo.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

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 menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "search.yahoo.com" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

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 on "Extensions" and remove all 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 Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.yahoo.com browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.yahoo.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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.

Tom

My problem was with Chrome browser, coincidentally on a Chromebook. I finally found a Chrome browser extension just called Private Search (Extensions under More Tools in browser settings [vertical dots at right end of address bar of browser]. Private Search can be turned off, but I just removed it entirely.

jimbo92107

I tried a few of the offered tools, and none of them worked. Finally I uninstalled Chrome, ran every anti-malware tool I had, then reinstalled Chrome. That finally worked, and I would recommend it over these worse than useless freebie removers.

areios perri

Thank you, i didnt want to download any anti virus thing but then i found your comment and it worked!

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.

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