How to Remove Yahoo Search Redirect Virus Safari Mac (Upd. May 2020)
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How to Remove Yahoo Search from Safari and Mac

How to Remove Yahoo Search from Safari

Are you one of the users which have noticed that Yahoo search engine has taken over their Safari browsers? If so, you can refer to this article for help. It has been created to explain what exactly is the Yahoo Search Virus and why the search engine has suddenly started appearing on your Mac. Here, you will learn how to remove Yahoo Search from Safari, and get rid of the so-called Yahoo Search Redirect “virus” on Mac.

Yahoo virus also referred as Yahoo Search “virus” on Mac can be noticed in popular web browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. In fact, the sudden and unwanted appearance of Yahoo Search in Safari or another browser you prefer is related to the presence of suspicious software on macOS. This software is known as a potentially unwanted program due to the fact that it tricks online users into installing it without being aware of the process.

Yahoo Redirect Virus Mac

The unwanted appearance of Yahoo search comes as a result of modifications of essential browser settings. Once executed on a Mac system, the undesired program that is forcing you to use the searching services of Yahoo, alters the settings of your homepage, new tab page, and default search engine. Then your searches start triggering the Yahoo redirect “virus” in the affected browser. Based on the behavior of this undesired app, we can assume that it is a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers are unwanted programs that aim to redirect you to third-party websites and show multiple types of advertisements on your device.

In May 2020, the Yahoo Search Virus Mac continues to be a threat to many people browsing the Web. Watch out and stay vigilant. If you have the Yahoo hijacking “virus”, then continue reading, so you can see what to do to remove it.

How to Get Rid of Yahoo Search on Mac

Yahoo Search on Mac continues to be a significatn threat for Mac computers. The threat cannot be easily removed as it deeply affects the web browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. However, if you follow the removal instructions below, you should be able to permanently remove it. They contain the necesssary steps to refresh your browsers while keeping your data safe in them and also erase the virus software itself that is causing the Yahoo Redirect on your Mac plus preventing it from infecting your devices in the futre as well.

Yahoo Search Virus Summary

NameYahoo Search Virus
TypeBrowser Hijacker for Mac OS
For Affected Windows UsersRemove Search.Yahoo.com Redirect
Short DescriptionAims to heavily modify the web browsers of Macs to display ads.
SymptomsSafari, Mozilla, Chrome an Opera browsers may show Yahoo Powered search results. A lot of ads and slowness in terms of Mac performance.
Distribution MethodVia bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.
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Why Did Yahoo Search Virus Appear on Your Mac?

Yahoo redirect “virus” on Mac, also known as Yahoo search “virus” Mac is the type of threat that is very similar to other redirect viruses that misuse the reputation of well-know online searching services. So, along with Yahoo Search “virus”, there are also Google Redirect virus and Bing Redirect virus.

One user on Apple community forums had the following to say:

achaker
User level: Level 1
(11 points)
Question: Q:
How to get rid of a yahoo virus that keeps redirecting my google search engine which is set as a default to Yahoo!

I have google set as my default search engine and no matter what i do, as soon as i enter a subject in the address bar, it gets redirect to yahoo search engine which i don’t like. I have tried doing all kinds of research to remove it and nothing seems to work. Also, I am not sure if these two viruses are related but Mackeeper also starting popping up all the time around the same time this started to happen. It opens up about 5 tabs on its own sometimes and i don’t know how to fix that either. I am pretty sure that this is some sort of virus. If someone knows of the same problem and has gotten rid of it, please help!

More and more reports from April 2020 on Apple Forums suggest that the virus has not stopped spreading:

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Google search hijacked to yahoo
I hope someone can help with this. Yesterday I noticed any search in Google directed to Yahoo. I’ve tried all the suggestions online. There are no extensions in my preferences, I’ve cleaned out my cache, deleted all my history, I ran Malwarebytes, which found 3 PUP files and deleted them. This didn’t sort the problem. I’ve manually searched for rogue apps or files in the library following some guidance on another page, but found nothing.

In developer mode in Safari I disabled javascript – I’m not a specialist, by this time was trying anything! – and it stopped the highjack to Yahoo and came up with an address in the browser (see below). I’ve searched for anything related to searchitnow but can’t find it. I tried upgrading to Mojave hoping that it would solve it, but it didn’t work either. There is some script being enabled when I do a Google search, I’ve downloaded Firefox and it isn’t affected. Does anyone know if I can search for this Javascript command in terminal or something? I’ve spent hours on this and I’m getting nowhere.

The primary method by which the Yahoo Search browser hijackers may gain access to your Mac operating system is by visiting a website that has a very low reputation. Such sites often tend to cause browser redirects. Sometimes those redirects contain an injected script in their source code – a script that installs Yahoo search browser hijacker on browsers installed on yourMac. That’s how the Yahoo search may have appeared on your Safari or Chrome browser. But don’t worry, you are on the right way of getting rid of Yahoo Search form Safari/Chrome once and forever.

Another reason that may be causing this annoying issue is a browser hijacker you have installed as a result of a software bundle with added extras. Usually, most browser hijackers for Macs tend to pretend to be useful programs, like:

  • Weather toolbars.
  • Better oriented search assistants.
  • Online TV and streaming toolbars.
  • Social media toolbars.
  • Other useful toolbars and extensions or apps.

They often advertise added potentially unwanted programs as an “optional offer” or a “free extra” to the current installation process. Such apps are usually hosted on third-party sites. Since apps from third-party sites are generally not allowed by default on Mac, you should really consider uninstalling such apps if you have done this already.

More Details About the Yahoo Search Mac Virus

Yahoo search “virus” on Mac is a threat that has been affecting the Macs of unsuspecting users for quite some time. Users who have got their machines infected with this hijacker consider it a virus (hence we are referring to it as a “virus”). In fact, most of the times the search.yahoo.com is a browser hijacker on Mac.

Why does my Mac keep searching with Yahoo?

The well-known search engine Yahoo has been misused by lots of browser hijackers for Mac such as WebScheduler, Search Pulse and TabSearch. As soon as a browser hijacker that is pushing Yahoo Search Virus is executed on your Mac operating system, your web browser starts searching with Yahoo. The browser hijacker may modify the following settings:

  • Home Page.
  • New Tab Page.
  • Push Notifications.
  • Browser Extensions.
  • Pages Opening on Startup.

Once the browser hijacker do this, your affected web browsers keep searching with Yahoo search engine (search.yahoo.com) every time you enter a search query:

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Once you try and search something through it, the outcome may be that you could see a custom yahoo search results that are cramped with advertisements:

These advertisements may be dangerous. There are multiple risky sites to which they may lead you:

  • Phishing sites that aim to steal your username, password and other key data.
  • Fake websites that aim to get you to pay for products, like clothes or other merchandise, but will not delivery anything to you and may steal your credentials.
  • Tech support pages that claim your Mac is infected with a virus and ask you to call scammers or download a fake antivirus tool for Mac which is paid.
  • Malicious websites that may land a virus directly on your Mac.

Since the redirects that are caused by this Yahoo search “virus” on Mac are potentially dangerous, it is strongly recommended to detect what is causing it and remove it. The next step would be to secure your Mac against future intrusive apps and adware–supported programs.

Note that the browser hijacker associated with the appearance of the Yahoo search engine in Safari may be able to collect various details about your browsing habits. By activating different tracking technologies, the program may become able to obtain your search queries, browsing history, type and version of browser, geographic location, IP address, clicks on links, etc. As a result, you may become a target of many annoying online advertisements or even malware attacks.

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 macOS, malicious browser helper objects may affect the Launch Services Database which in turn will result in the harder removal process.

So that’s why a simple uninstall process won’t be efficient for the removal of any potentially unwanted programs that are redirecting your favorite browser to Yahoo Search. Since the removal of some important and legit system files may lead to a total system crash, security experts recommend the help of an advanced anti-malware cleaner. The tool will locate malicious entries only and remove them without damaging the regular system performance.

How to Remove Yahoo Search from Safari and Mac

If you are asking yourself “How to get rid of Yahoo Search?“, then read this paragraph. To remove the unwanted app associated with the redirect completely from your Mac, you can manually locate it and delete it by following the steps underneath this article. If they are not effective against this virus, then a more drastic and professional solution is required. As experts often recommend, the best solution against the Yahoo Search “Virus” is to download an advanced anti-malware software whose main idea is to run a deep scan of your Mac to identify and delete all of the unwanted files, related to Yahoo Search virus.

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Get rid of Yahoo Search Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Yahoo Search Virus and remove related files and objects

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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 Yahoo Search 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 Yahoo Search 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 Yahoo Search 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 Yahoo Search 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 Yahoo Search 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 Yahoo Search Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Yahoo Search Virus, 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 Yahoo Search 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 Yahoo Search 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 Yahoo Search 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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Delete Yahoo Search 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 Yahoo Search 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.


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Eliminate Yahoo Search 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.


11 Comments

  1. AvatarSteve Cruz

    Thanks.. works:)

    Reply
  2. AvatarSalah Fin

    Is there any option to restore my Safari browser settings

    Reply
  3. AvatarSarah

    This problem appeared this morning and I have never opted to make yahoo my search engine. I think that an extension in Safari was causing all those annoying redirects to yahoo search. I have resolved the problem by turning all extensions OFF. Since I still need to use some of the extensions I have turned them ON and tested.

    Reply
  4. AvatarNik Lebrian

    I always use google as default search engine.. The problem is not so simple, this adware keeps changing user settings. Ones I change my search engine all get better.

    Reply
  5. AvatarNiklas

    I recently bought a Mac and because I have no experience with it I got the Yahoo search tab. This adware is very annoying. I wanted to use Google and I found this article. Now I fixed it. Thank you.

    Reply
  6. AvatarMirian

    Just removed this nasty issue!! How I fixed it is by deleting a file called QSearch from my Mac ~/Library folder! Look out for any odd files like this to get rid of Yahoo virus.

    Reply
  7. Avatarricardo

    Hola, I have problem with Yahoo redirect it comes every time i turn Safari on. Please help me.

    Reply
  8. AvatarDelfina

    Hi, I followed all the steps and yahoo still appears.
    First thing I did I downloaded the combo cleaner which showed a malware or virus file, so I started deleting the suspicious files. After that I run another scan and no malware or virus appeared in the antivirus app but safari keeps taking me to yahoo safe search. I don’t know what else to do! Because even if I choose to pay the full version of Combo Cleaner It doesn’t show any virus whatsoever!
    Please help me! Im really worried.

    Reply
    1. Milena DimitrovaMilena Dimitrova

      Hi Delfina,

      Please contact Combo Cleaner’s official support here: https://www.combocleaner.com/support/
      They should be able to assist you.

      Reply
  9. Avatarcarlos

    saludos, he hecho todos los pasos indicados. he descargado varios programas para eliminar el problema. pero aun sigo con el. actualmente estoy utilizando Webroot Secure Anywhere y el problema continúa. no tengo extensiones en safari, no hay ningún archivo llamado virus, no hay ningún archivo llamado yahoo en ella y continuo con el problema…. que puedo hacer?

    Reply
  10. Avatarsteve

    I installed software from BitTorrent, it seem that what I have now is kind of ad-injection virus, redirecting me to yahoo search all the time.
    The instructions above works for me. I only recommend before starting removal process and starting any changes back up all your data.

    Reply

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