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Yahoo Search Virus (r.search.yahoo.com) Removal

This article has the goal to help you remove the unwanted software (browser hijacker/adware) known as the Yahoo Search virus, which causes browser redirects to Search.Yahoo.com without your approval or consent.

Yahoo Search Virus is the type of threat that is very similar to other redirect viruses of it’s kind, for example Google Redirect virus and Bing Redirect virus. All those threats are related to potentially unwanted programs like browser hijackers, adware, and browser extensions.

Yahoo Search Virus

If 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 modify the web browsers heavily.

Yahoo Search related PUPs also change the default home page of the web browsers they are installed on with hoax search engines that do not have their own database and redirect search results to the search page of the company. 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 redirects from your computer immediately.

Threat Summary

Name Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus"
Type Potentially Unwanted Program
For Affected macOS Users Remove Yahoo Search Virus on Mac
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 its own web page.
Distribution Method Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.
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Yahoo Redirect Virus – How Did I Get It?

This redirect search virus is the type of threat that is very similar to other redirect viruses of it’s kind, for example Google Redirect virus and Bing Redirect virus. All those threats are related to potentially unwanted programs like browser hijackers, adware, and browser extensions.

The primary method of this unwanted app getting in your computer is the installation of software downloaded from third-party sites that are not the official publishers of the program. Programs like media players, torrent download software or any other type of commonly used free apps may be misused for the spread of PUPs that hijack browsers and push the Search virus. The way the unwanted software installs itself on your computer is by being concealed in the installer of the downloaded program as a helper program.

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 Yahoo Search Virus programs are installed silently 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 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 a variety of ways, including visiting malicious websites.

Yahoo Search Virus Browser Hijacker – More Information About Its Activity

A good way to descript this browser hijacking software is that it takes advantage of cookies and other tracking technologies which it uses on your computer after it’s installation and execution. These technologies are likely to be:

  • Cookies.
  • Locally Shared Objects, also known as Flash Cookies.
  • Tags.
  • Pixels.
  • Geo-locators.

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 its own search engine.
  • Online clicks.
  • Browsing history.

In addition to this, this 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 significant 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 this redirect may significantly slow down the loading speeds of your computer and in addition 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 the 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.

The removal of the undesired program that is redirecting affected browsers to Yahoo Search may be a challenging task. Some of these invasive programs are configured to install the so-called browser helper objects. In Windows systems, malicious browser helper objects may affect the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\.

Once the nasty program has its values there, it becomes able to control the affected browser by redirecting it to this redirect’s web page. So that’s why a simple uninstall process won’t be efficient for the removal of any potentially unwanted programs associated with the appearance of the search virus in your favorite browser. Since the removal of some important and legit registry entries may lead to a total system crash, security experts recommend the help of a Registry Editor cleaner. The tool will locate malicious entries only and remove them without damaging the regular system performance.

Remove Yahoo Search Virus from Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge

To fully eliminate browser hijackers that are associated with all those annoying Yahoo Search Virus 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 software that is pushing redirects and remove it from the affected computer system and browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.

Bear in mind that if you want to completely remove harmful files installed by undesired programs and prevent them from affecting system security, you should consider the help of a specific browser redirect removal software. The tool recommended in our guide (SpyHunter) will scan for all system drives and folders for ad-supported and harmful programs and remove every file established by them. This will result in your PC functioning typically and being protected against future infections by any redirect “viruses” 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":

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How to Remove Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus"

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus":

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus". If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus". Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus". If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Search.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus" from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


1 Comment

  1. AvatarElmex Nova-Planet

    Esto de virus y antivirus, es como el juego de los policías y ladrones, al final de cuentas van de la mano, en fin todo sea por obtener trabajo, solo que el método no es aceptable a base de perjuicio.

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