How to get rid of Yahoo Search for good [Windows 10 & Mac]

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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  • All browsers give you the option of choosing the default search engine when typing something in the address bar. 
  • In case you change your settings but they get reverted to Yahoo Search, you might be dealing with a malware issue.
  • Use the below tips to fix this issue or try out a different browser such as Opera from the start.
  • This Removal Guides Hub contains step-by-step instructions for removing trojans, ransomware, and other nasty things you don't want on your PC. 
How to get rid of Yahoo Search for good

Browser hijackers are programs that adjust browser settings, which can change default search engines to Yahoo or other alternatives.

When a browser keeps switching to Yahoo search, some unwanted software has probably hijacked it.

Even when a user restores the browser’s original search settings, it will keep on redirecting searches to Yahoo.

Yahoo Search hijacker took over your browser and you’re unsure how to get rid of it? Check the detailed explanation of each step to take below.

How do I remove Yahoo Search from my browser?

  1. Switch to a super-secure browser
  2. Run a malware scan
  3. Reset the browser
  4. Uninstall recently installed Yahoo programs

1. Switch to a super-secure browser

try out Opera

Browser hijackers are a constant threat to millions of users around the world. Some browsers are more prone to them, some less, and some, a minority, basically can’t be affected.

One of those is the Opera Browser, a welcome novelty slowly growing to be paramount of secure browsing.

No hijacker or malicious software can assign a search engine you don’t want to use. But how it prevents malicious software? With a whole plethora of security features, of course.

Opera has a built-in VPN which prevents malicious applications from downloading, along with a multitude of privacy features. That’s why no browser settings could ever get changed.



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2. Run a malware scan

use Malwarebytes

If the above steps weren’t helpful, another option is to purge browser hijackers with the freeware Malwarebytes scanner.

After installing and opening it, click the Scan button on its Dashboard tab to initiate a quick, yet accurate scan.

Do keep in mind that it not only finds malware but it also stops it in real-time, before it can even endanger your browser and safety. Even more, it prevents access to and from malicious websites.



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3. Reset the browser

  1. Click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button, which is at the top right of the browser.
  2. Click Settings to open Chrome’s Settings tab.
  3. Scroll down the Settings tab, and then click the Advanced button.
  4. Scroll down to the Restore settings to their original defaults option shown directly below. Then click the Restore settings to their original defaults option.reset browser to default settings
  5. Press the Reset settings button to confirm.

Some users have confirmed that turning extensions off fixes browsers that redirect to Yahoo search. Users can manually turn off their installed extensions.

However, resetting browsers will either disable or uninstall all extensions and restore their original settings. Therefore, that’s probably a better way to fix browser search redirects.

4. Uninstall recently installed Yahoo programs

  1. Open the Win + X menu by right-clicking the Start elevated command line
  2. Select Run to launch that accessory.
  3. Enter appwiz.cpl in Run and click OK to open the uninstaller window shown directly below.
  4. Enter Search Provided by Yahoo in the search box.
  5. Select Search Provided by Yahoo, and press the Uninstall/Change button.
  6. Click Yes to provide further confirmation.
  7. If the uninstaller window doesn’t include Search Provided by Yahoo, look through the programs to check if there’s anything that looks a little dodgy. If so, uninstall the dodgy software as it might be a browser hijacker.

Users might spot a browser hijacker listed within Windows’ uninstaller.

Search Provided by Yahoo is one browser hijacker that redirects searches to Yahoo which users should search for and uninstall within the Programs and Features Control Panel applet.

Users should also uninstall any recently installed Yahoo software or other dodgy programs, they don’t recall installing.

The resolutions above will probably eliminate most Yahoo hijackers from your browser. Then users can browse with the default search engines they originally selected.

These solutions also apply if you are having one of these issues:

  • Remove Yahoo Search from Chrome – If that’s your issue, we cover this topic in the solutions above.
  • How do I stop Yahoo from hijacking my browser? – In this case, scan and clean your computer and then change the settings. They will stick for good this time.
  • Why does Yahoo keep opening in Google? – Malware issues and browser hijackers listed within Windows’ uninstaller may cause this.
  • Why is Yahoo my default browser? – Some software that you installed might have made these changes. You can revert the settings and get things back to normal.
  • How to remove Yahoo Search from Chrome – To do so, just follow this path:  Preferences > Search and choose a Default Search Engine.
  • How to get rid of Yahoo Search on Firefox – Similarly to Chrome, open Preferences, go to Search, and there you can select a Default Search Engine.

FAQ: Learn more about Yahoo Search in the browser

  • Why does my search engine keep changing to Yahoo?

This usually happens when malware is already installed on the computer and keeps changing your settings. Perform a scan immediately and remove it.

  • How to remove Yahoo Search from Chrome?

First, make sure there’s no browser hijacking software installed. Then use the Chrome settings to remove Yahoo as a search engine. As this article suggests you should then remove extensions and other programs related to Yahoo.

  • Is Yahoo a browser?

Yahoo is not a browser. It can show up as a starting page on a browser instead. Similar to Bing, Yahoo provides a search engine and a web-portal with the latest news on the homepage.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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