- Many users are struggling to removes PUPs from their PCs, Yahoo! Powered included.
- This article will explain what it is, what it can do, and how you can remove it.
- Want to know more about removing software? Check out our Removal Guides section.
- For more interesting tutorials and guides, go to our How-To page.
If you’re a casual consumer of third-party applications (especially free ones), you’ve probably seen various offers during the installation, with a variety of different applications.
When it comes to “Yahoo! Powered” program, the things are not as transparent. This tool installs in the background and then completely overtakes your browsers. And, seemingly, it’s rather hard to remove once it’s there.
We decided to shed some light on this and provide you with the recommended solutions. Make sure to check them out below.
What’s Yahoo! Powered and how do I remove it?
What’s Yahoo! Powered and what it does?
Yahoo! Powered is the PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) which tends to install in the background while you’re installing some other third-party application.
Say, if you choose the Standard installation (which most users do) instead of the Custom, chances are that the Yahoo PUP will install without you even knowing.
So, be careful with freeware applications – they can infect your PC with something you obviously don’t want. And you won’t be aware until it’s too late.
Once you accidentally get this tool on your PC, it’ll disrupt your browsing experience by changing the home address and default search engine on one or multiple browsers and plague you with ads.
However, in comparison to some other similar malicious tools, this application is quite resilient when it comes to uninstalling. And due to its non-virus nature, there’s a chance that antivirus solutions won’t recognise it as a threat.
Some users reported that it, even after they remove it from the Control Panel, it was still present in their respective browsers. Luckily, there are a few ways to remove it for good.
How do I remove Yahoo! Powered?
One way to do so is to use a dedicated malware and adware remover like Malwarebytes.
Not only does it function like a standard antivirus tool that removes all unwanted malware from your PC and prevents them from getting there in the first place, but it can also handle programs that are installed, but are PUPs.
This is also the case with Yahoo! Powered, and here’s how you can use Malwarebytes to remove it:
- Download Malwarebytes
- Run the tool and click Scan
- Wait until the tool scans your system and then select what to do with the detected programs
- Restart your PC.
MalwarebytesAny time you have a PUP in your PC that needs removing, there's no better tool to use than Malwarebytes!
How to safely remove it from your system
Removing this application from your system requires 3-stage procedure. Firstly, you’ll need to uninstall the carrying program from your PC.
One efficient way to remove programs and all associated sub-programs from your PC is by using a dedicated uninstaller.
Since you might as well be looking for the best, we recommend IObit Uninstaller 10 Pro, a software tool that will wipe your PC clean of any program that you deem unnecessary.
Simply open IObit Uninstaller, select the program that needs removal, and then select to also delete any leftover files as well.
This will ensure that no PUPS will be left behind, that your storage has been freed up, and that you can perform a clean reinstall as if for the first time.
IObit Uninstaller 10 ProRemove all unwanted software from your PC as well as their associated PUPs and enjoy a better Windows 10 experience.
And this is how to remove all its traces from 3 popular browsers:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Edge
That’s it. After these steps, the Yahoo-powered tool won’t bother you anymore.
If you have any other questions or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.