How to remove Search.yahoo.com redirect

Browser hijackers come in many forms. Most are easy to identify because they redirect your browser to a third party search engine that you’ve almost certainly never heard of, and that looks like it’s up to no good. The Yahoo redirect virus (which is not a virus at all) is different. It redirects your browser’s homepage to Yahoo, a perfectly legitimate and well-known search engine. Read on to find out why and how you can remove this nasty malware.

What is the Yahoo redirect virus?

Firstly, it’s not a virus at all. It is, though, malware and you should remove it as soon as you notice it. Specifically, it’s a browser hijacker that redirects your browser’s homepage and chosen search engine to Yahoo. Why Yahoo? Well, probably because the distributors hope that by redirecting to Yahoo rather than a page you’ve never seen you’ll be less likely to notice and won’t remove the malware immediately. However, what you’re seeing isn’t the proper Yahoo search results. The page has been injected with numerous adverts that bring money to the person who created the malicious script. And it’s probably also stealing data including your IP address and search queries as well.

How did it arrive on my Mac?

There are two routes the Yahoo redirect malware can use to get to your Mac: bundling and malvertising.

  • Bundling happens when you visit a free software download site and use its custom download manager to download applications. That download manager bundles other software with the software you want to download, including, very often, malware and potentially unwanted programs.
  • Malvertising is a technique used by malicious websites that display pop-up adverts in windows and tabs with misleading claims, often telling you a component of your system is out of date and needs to be updated. When you click on the advert, it downloads malware.

How can I avoid it?

  1. Don’t use software download websites if they insist you use their own download manager. If you must use them, make sure you uncheck all the boxes in the download window except the one relating to the app you chose to download.
  2. Never click on any link on any advert that pops up on a website. And don’t ignore warnings from your web browser that a site you are trying to visit is dangerous.

Will it harm my Mac?

It’s unlikely that the Yahoo redirect virus will cause any long-term damage to your Mac, but in the short-term, it will slow it down and consume resources like CPU cycles, RAM, and network bandwidth. It may also steal data like your IP address, search queries, and browsing history.

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How to remove the Yahoo redirect virus from your Mac

The simplest Yahoo redirect virus removal method is to employ an anti-malware utility. I recommend CleanMyMac X. It’s quick, easy to use, and you can set it up so that it scans your Mac automatically and warns you when you download malware without you having to do anything further. You can also check for malware manually, at the press of a button, and then remove anything that CleanMyMac X finds.

  1. Download CleanMyMac X.
  2. Once it has installed, launch it.
  3. Choose Malware Removal from the sidebar.
  4. Press Scan.
  5. If it turns up any browser hijackers or other malware, CleanMyMac X will alert you and allow you to remove it.
How to remove the Yahoo redirect virus from your Mac

To turn on real-time protection:

  1. Click on the CleanMyMac X menu icon.
  2. Choose Preferences.
  3. Select Protection.
  4. Check the box next to Enable real-time monitor.
To turn on real time protection

You can also remove Yahoo redirect from Chrome, Safari, or any other browser manually.

remove Yahoo redirect from Chrome Safari or any other browser manually

Safari

  1. Click on  Safari in the Dock, then, from the Safari menu, choose Preferences.
  2. In the General tab, type in the address of your preferred start page in the box next to the Homepage.
  3. Choose the Search tab.
  4. Select a search engine from the dropdown list.
  5. Click on the Extensions tab and look for extensions that seem suspicious.
  6. See any? Select them and click Uninstall. 

Chrome

  1. Type chrome://settings to go to Chrome's settings pages.
  2. Choose On start-up from the left of the screen and set your desired homepage.
  3. Select Search Engine and choose your preferred search engine.
  4. Now, go to chrome://extensions
  5. Look through the extensions that are installed. If you see any that look like trouble, click on Remove.

Firefox

  1. In the Firefox address bar, type this: about:addons
  2. Choose Extensions and look for any extensions that seem suspicious. 
  3. If you find one, click on the three dots to the right of its name and press Remove. 
  4. Now, type: about:preferences 
  5. Choose the Home and Search categories to reset your homepage and search engine.

If the above steps don’t work, you can try using CleanMyMac X to reset Firefox or Chrome.

  1. In CleanMyMac X, choose Uninstaller in the sidebar.
  2. Locate the browser you want to reset in the list of apps.
  3. Check the box next to it and click on the arrows next to “Uninstall” to the right of its name, then choose Reset from the menu.

    try using CleanMyMac X to reset Firefox or Chrome
  4. Press Reset.

The Search.yahoo.com virus isn’t a virus at all. It's a browser hijacker, but it has no connection to Yahoo, other than that, the malware creators use Yahoo’s search page to redirect your browser. They then inject adverts on the page in an attempt to make money when you click on them. The hijacker can also overload your MacBook’s CPU and steal your data, so make sure you remove it as soon as possible. The simplest way to do that is to use CleanMyMac X. However, you can also do it manually using the instructions given in this article. 

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