Update October 2019! This article aims to help you remove the unwanted software(browser hijacker/adware) known as the Yahoo virus, which causes browser redirects to Search.Yahoo.com completely from your computer system.
SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in October 2017. But we gave it an update in September 2019.
In the event that you have begun to see advertisements, like pop-ups, ad-supported search results and other forms of online ad content, leading to third-party websites, you most like have one or more ad-supported programs installed on your computer. Such PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) are well known to be of the browser hijacker type and they aim to heavily modify the web browsers on the computers they are installed. They also change the default home page of the web browsers they are installed on with hoax search engines which do not have their own database and redirect search results to Search.Yahoo.com. Since the advertisements that the Yahoo Search Virus redirect programs cause may lead to suspicious third-party websites, recommendations are to read this article and learn how to remove the r.search.Yahoo.com redirects from your computer immediately.
|Name||Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus"|
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Short Description||Aims to heavily modify the web browser of your computer after which collect data and display ads for profit of it’s creator.|
|Symptoms||The software may slow down your computer by displaying various advertisements. It also changes your search engine to suspicious one and when you perform a search, you receive a browser redirect to r.search.yahoo.com.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" |
Malware Removal Tool
Yahoo Virus Redirect – Update October 2019
The Yahoo Virus redirect has a wide circulation and is versatile in terms of infecting browsers on your system. Yahoo Virus redirect is still found today and users are reporting how their computer systems are affected. Yahoo Virus redirect plagues the browser programs found in a compromised computer and could make every result, search and click to redirect you to other pages which are filled with spam, ads and are basically unknown to you. Continue reading to see how to remove the Yahoo Virus redirect.
Yahoo Redirect Virus – How Did I Get It
The primary method of Yahoo redirect virus getting in your computer is if you installed software downloaded from third-party sites that are not the official publishers of the program. These programs can be your favorite media player, torrent downloading software or any other type of free software you may have searched for online. The way this software installs itself on your computer is by being concealed as a so-called helper program. Such programs can be:
- Toolbars that aim to improve your browsing experience.
- Programs that pretend to help you access geo-restricted websites, such as DNS Unlocker, for example.
- Software which copies legitimate programs.
These programs are often included in one of the installation steps of the free program you have downloaded, usually in the “Advanced” or “Custom” setup mode. They are often concealed as “free extras” and prompt you to add them to the current installation. Since most inexperienced users fall for this trick, the Search.Yahoo.com and the related Yahoo Search Virus programs are installed silent and undetectable on your computer system. Here is an example of how such bundled software may appear like on your computer system:
In addition to being bundled with other installers the r.search.Yahoo.com redirection software may also install itself automatically as a result of you having malware or other adware previously affecting your computer. Such viruses come in variety of ways, including visiting a malicious websites.
Search.Yahoo.com Redirect “Virus” – More Information and Activity
A good way to descript this browser hijacking software is that it takes advantage of cookies and other tracking techologies which it uses on your computer after it’s installation and execution. These technologies are likely to be:
- Locally Shared Objects, also known as Flash Cookies.
Those tracking technologies are used to obtain different information from your computer system. Such info can be:
- Your IP address.
- Nationality and local language.
- Your network information.
- Most visited websites.
- Online searches via the suspicious search engine which is set as your default and redirects results to Search.Yahoo.com.
- Online clicks.
- Browsing history.
In addition to this, the Search.Yahoo.com redirect “virus” may also not use encryption on the suspicious search engine it sets as default for your web browser. This is highly unethical and poses a great number of security risks to your computer.
Besides this, another reason why this application is considered to be generally unsafe is that it may also “assist” you with your browsing experience by collecting information about your online activity in order to display a lot of advertisements. The ads, displayed by Search.Yahoo.com redirect may significantly slow down the loading speeds of your computer and in additon to this can be different types, such as:
- Browser redirects to third-party websites.
- Ads, which may pop-up directly on your screen and contain audio and animations.
- Taken over banner spaces of the websites you visit, instead of seeing Google Ads.
- Highlighted text on the sites you visit, which displays a pop-up after you hover on it with your mouse.
The advertisements that are displayed by Search.Yahoo.com redirect “virus” may lead you to various suspicious third-party websites, which may be very dangerous to your computer, such as:
- Tech Support scamming sites which fake an infection on your PC to get you to call a number provided, belonging to scammers.
- Infect your computer with malware, such as ransomware, CryptoMiner Trojans and many other viruses.
- Redirect you to fake PayPal, eBay, Amazon or other phishing pages, which may trick you into entering your financial details, passwords and other data, while you are believing you are buying a product from the real websites.
In addition to those potential threats which may be caused by the Search.Yahoo.com redirect “virus”, you may also experience some difficulties in removing the programs, because most of them may also create Windows Registry entries to make them reappear and automatically run, even after you believe you have removed them.
How to Remove and Change Search.Yahoo.com Redirect “Virus”
To fully eliminate the browser hijackers that are associated with the Search.Yahoo.com redirects you have been experiencing, we recommend that you follow the step-by-step removal instructions, which we have created below. They include steps on how to isolate the Search.yahoo.com redirect software and remove it from your computer and web browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.
Bear in mind that if you want to do the removal automatically and completely, experts advise to use a specific Search.Yahoo.com redirect “virus” removal software which will scan for all programs that may be related to this ad-supported program and remove everything related to them. This will result in your PC functioning normally and being protected against future infections by Search.Yahoo.com redirect “virus” as well as other malware on your PC.
Bonus: Video containing step-by-step removal and file recovery instructions for threats, like Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus":