Remove Search.Yahoo.com Redirect Virus (Update Jan. 2020)
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How to Remove Search.Yahoo.com Redirect Virus (January 2020)

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 without your approval or consent.

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Yahoo Search “Virus”

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 that 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.

Threat Summary

NameSearch.Yahoo.com Redirect "virus"
TypePotentially Unwanted Program
For Affected macOS UsersRemove Yahoo Search Virus on Mac
Short DescriptionAims to heavily modify the web browser of your computer after which collect data and display ads for profit of it’s creator.
SymptomsThe 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 MethodVia 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?

Yahoo redirect 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 Yahoo redirect virus getting in your computer is the installation of a software downloaded from third-party sites that are not the official publishers of the program. Programs like media players, torrent downloading software or any other type of commonly used free software may be misused for the spread of PUPs that hijack browsers and push the Yahoo 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 Search.Yahoo.com and the related 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 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 a variety of ways, including visiting malicious websites.

Search.Yahoo.com 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 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 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 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.

The removal of the undesired program that is redirecting affected browsers to Yahoo Search may be a hard 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 the Yahoo Search. 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 Yahoo Search virus in your favorite browser. Since the removal of some important and legit registry entries may lead to 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 Search.yahoo.com “Virus” from Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge

To fully eliminate browser hijackers that are associated with all those annoying 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 software that is pushing Search.yahoo.com redirect 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 Search.Yahoo.com 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 normally and being protected against future infections by Search.Yahoo.com redirect “virus” as well as other malware on your PC.


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Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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