How to Remove Yahoo Search From Mac

What Is Yahoo Search?

Delete Yahoo Search virus from Mac

If your browser keeps redirecting you to search.yahoo.com whenever you are searching for something (and you haven’t set Yahoo as your default search engine yourself), then you probably have a browser hijacker on your Mac. Browser hijackers often come in the form of browser extensions/add-ons, though sometimes they can be apps too. Hijackers set default search engine or homepage/start page of a browser to specific search engines, and stop users from changing those back. Sometimes instead of that they just intercept users’ search queries to Google, Bing and other popular search engines and display search results on the hijacker’s search engine. You may follow instructions below to uninstall the browser hijacker and remove Yahoo Search from your browser.

How to Remove Yahoo Search:

  1. Remove Yahoo Search Automatically
  2. Delete Rogue Applications
  3. Remove Yahoo Search From Browsers
  4. How to Protect Your PC From Yahoo Search and Other Browser Hijackers

Remove Yahoo Search Automatically

To get rid of Yahoo Search quickly and easily you may run a scan with Combo Cleaner; it is a great antivirus and system cleaner that may be able to remove Yahoo Search from your Mac.

Download Combo Cleaner

You can also try another good AV program, Norton Security.

Delete Rogue Applications:

Go to Applications folder and delete Yahoo Search and other new and suspicious apps.

  1. On the top menu select Go => Applications.
  2. Drag an unwanted application to the Trash bin.
  3. Right-click on the Trash and select Empty Trash.

Remove Yahoo Search from browsers:

Remove Yahoo Search and other suspicious extensions, then change browsers’ homepage, new tab page, start page and default search engine.

Remove Yahoo Search from Safari:

  1. On the top menu select Safari => Preferences.
  2. Select Extensions tab.
  3. Select an extension you want to delete and click Uninstall button next to it.
  4. Go to General tab.
  5. Select what you want Safari to open on start-up, new windows, new tabs and homepage.
  6. Go to Search tab.
  7. Select the search engine you want.

Remove Yahoo Search from Google Chrome:

  1. Click on three dots menu button three dots menu.
  2. Select More tools => Extensions.
  3. Find an extension you want to delete and click REMOVE under it.
  4. Click Remove in the dialog box.
  5. Right-click the address bar and select Edit search engines….
  6. Click on three dots button three dots menu next to the search provider you want and select Make default.
  7. Click on three dots button three dots menu next to hijacker search engine and select Remove from list.
  8. Click on back arrow at the top of the page (near Manage search engines).
  9. Under On startup section select Open the New Tab page.
  10. Scroll to the top. Under Appearance section enable Show Home button setting.
  11. Clear the textfield of the existing address. Put the one you want or select New Tab page.
  12. Close Settings tab.

Remove Yahoo Search from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click on menu button menu button and select Add-ons.
  2. Go to Extensions tab.
  3. To uninstall an add-on, click on Remove button next to it.
  4. Click on the search icon in the search bar and click Change Search Settings.
  5. Select search engine you want from the drop-down menu.
  6. Highlight the hijacker search engine in the table below and click Remove.
  7. Go to General tab.
  8. Under Startup section click Restore to Default button.

How to Protect Your Mac From Yahoo Search and Other Browser Hijackers:

  • Get a powerful anti-malware software, capable of detecting and eliminating PUPs. Having several on-demand scanners would be a good idea too.
  • Keep your OS, browsers and security software up to date. Malware creators find new browser and OS vulnerabilities to exploit all the time. Software writers, in turn, release patches and updates to get rid of the known vulnerabilities and lesser the chance of malware penetration. Antivirus program’s signature databases get updated every day and even more often to include new virus signatures.
  • Download and use uBlock Origin, Adblock, Adblock Plus or one of the similar trustworthy extensions for blocking third-party advertisements on web-sites.
  • Don’t download software from unverified web-sites. You can easily download a trojan (malware that pretends to be a useful application); or some unwanted programs could get installed along with the app.
  • When installing freeware or shareware, be sensible and don’t rush through the process. Choose Custom or Advanced installation mode, look for checkboxes that ask for your permission to install third-party apps and uncheck them, read End User License Agreement to make sure nothing else is going to get installed. You can make exceptions for the apps you know and trust, of course. If declining from installing unwanted programs is not possible, we advise you to cancel the installation completely.

64 thoughts on “How to Remove Yahoo Search From Mac

  1. Reply
    razacks - November 30, 2018

    This is all not true in my case. i am using MacOS 10.12.1. When using Google search on my Safari Browser I will get redirected to yahoo. Yahoo isn’t present anywhere in my browsers preferences, extensions, etc.. Detection using malewarebytes doesn’t work either. As of Nov 30th 2018 no other note can be found on the internet/youtube to solve my problem, since everything I try that has been desvribed so far on the internet has no effect. There is no app on my Mac nor extension or anything else visible to me. Maybe to others whose help I’d really appreciate.

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      Z - December 4, 2018

      Hello! I am having the same issue! If you ever get this fixed or find out a way to fix this please let me know!

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      rebelhut - January 3, 2019

      By deleting the “Management ” Extension from Safari, as described above, I no longer get a Yahoo search page. But I don’t get my “home” page preference either.

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      Anonymous - March 28, 2019

      This is also for me and there are no extensions on Safari and opens up: https://uk.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=flowsurf&hsimp=yhs-perfecttab&p=&type=1011_4500-0032_18

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      Punkin - April 1, 2019

      razacks. it’s the same for me. no extensions. no evidence of yahoo installed. guess I’ll call Apple when I have a minute…or 90..:-(

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        ewrolewicz - April 5, 2019

        anyone have any luck with this? I’m in the same boat, so frustrated.

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      aesmezr - April 2, 2019

      If your Mac is up to date you should be able to see an extra search button next to the search tool bar. Click it and you can choose the directing browser you want.

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      Tamara - June 5, 2019

      Try going into Safari>Prefences>Search>Then click the ‘manage websites’ button…. Remove Yahoo from that list.

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        Trixie - June 17, 2019

        thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!!

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        judie - June 24, 2019

        OMG, I think that may have done the trick! I’ve had the same problem so MANY thanks!

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        RENATA - June 26, 2019

        THANK YOUUUUUU!!!

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        Sathya - June 28, 2019

        thank you!

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        Hillevi - August 8, 2019

        Did this — Yahoo wasn’t even there. I am still being redirected…

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        Steve R - August 17, 2019

        you are awesome! That worked great!!!

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    Brian2288 - December 9, 2018

    Me too

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    Sara - December 18, 2018

    Ahh! The same thing is happening to me and it’s maddening. I can’t get rid of it. I’ve done scans of computer as well. If anyone can solve this please advise, it would be GREATLY appreciated. (I’ve never disliked Yahoo so much as I do now.)

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    Rose - December 31, 2018

    I too have this problem. I have spent hours trying to find Yahoo installed somewhere, but it is not in Extensions, Applications or anywhere visible. Google is the homepage and search engine preference in Safari, it starts off in the window saying Google search and then comes up with Yahoo. I have to go to the google website each time to search. I too dislike Yahoo hugely because of this.

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      Mazza - January 29, 2019

      I too have the problem, again yahoo not showing anywhere. I just search google in yahoo go into google and continue my search but so annoying.

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    Brian - January 3, 2019

    I have the same issue as well….extremely frustrating.

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    Sandra - January 5, 2019

    I have wasted so much time trying to solve this problem. I would LOVE to get rid of yahoo!

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    Anders Siggery - January 5, 2019

    The same here!

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    John Evans - January 5, 2019

    How on earth do we get rid of this – Google or Apple should be advising all of us on this – it must be an indictable offence! All the advice just drifts around the basic controls of preferences and has no effect – help, someone, help!

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    Helen Penet Putsman - January 7, 2019

    I have the same problem and it’s a real time-waster. I always hated Yahoo, now more than ever.

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    Allan - January 9, 2019

    Exactly the same with me! So pissed. Has anyone called Apple by chance? I will first thing in the morning.

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    Jeremy Soutter - January 15, 2019

    I just rang Apple in the US and they told me to remove the extension I had in Safari, preferences, Extensions. My extension was called ‘Gilpierro’ i unchecked it then uninstalled it and the Yahoo problem has gone away. Hope this helps.

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    Sher - January 20, 2019

    Same issue – and I have no extensions listed. I have erased anything and everything that even looks like Yahoo. I hate them now more than ever. Wish it was as easy as Jeremy listed, but No, so if anyone figures out what is going on – let me know.

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    Emma - January 20, 2019

    I’ve been dealing with this problem for months. I have tried everything noted here and nothing has worked. There are no extensions in the extension tab for me to delete and I have delete weird apps on my Mac but I get nothing. Any other suggestions?

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      Ameise - January 25, 2019

      Go to malwarefixes . com/how-to-remove-gilpierro-mac-os/

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    Ariana - January 23, 2019

    This is happening right now and I’ve never wanted anything less than I want this.

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    Jon - January 30, 2019

    Open finder and press shift + cmd + C. Then do a search for Yahoo and you should find it

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      Sonya - January 31, 2019

      I have been trying to fix this FOREVER! I did what you said (Finder> shift + cmd + C) and it brought up Macintosh Hard Drive, Network, & Remote Disc. I double clicked the hard drive and then searched in the upper right Finder search bar “yahoo”. Two files came up. They were videos someone had created maybe using a virus containing software (I reset the Mac to new without using a backup hoping it would fix the problem, it didn’t). Well I moved those two files to the trash and now I have Google back!!!!!! Thank you thank you!!

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        Mari - March 16, 2019

        I did what you suggested and seems to have solved my problem! Thank you!

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        nasya - June 3, 2019

        hey, Thank u for this! i’ve tried this way and i got my google back after do what u say and restarting my mac

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    MR R - January 30, 2019

    Still does not work and I have now punched a hole through my wall. This aint it chief. Apple pls help

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      phoenix167 - August 1, 2019

      omg I feel the same, so frustrating

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    Sarah - February 6, 2019

    Tenia el mismo problema, pero gracias a la aplicación CleanMyMac se ha solucionado, de verdad la aplicación vale la pena, muchas gracias.

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      Mr b - February 7, 2019

      Love it😂 but seriously apple save me

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    Dave - February 12, 2019

    I uninstalled all of my extensions and it worked

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    stephanie - February 12, 2019

    sonya hi

    i did what you said. however there was no yahoo listed in the final list of files. so i just trashed the lot. seems to be working so thx.

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    Taia - February 21, 2019

    Thanks. I deleted a Safari Extension called AnySearch 123 and it finally got rid of the cursed Yahoo search.

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    Marceline - March 7, 2019

    I have no extensions; none. I found nothing in the control + cmnd + c search on hard drive. I wonder about why I have no extensions. But really hating yahoo! 😡

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    Jamie - March 8, 2019

    I deleted a Safari Extension called TechNewSearch! That did the trick…no more Yahoo!
    Yahoooooooooooo!

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    Avid99 - March 14, 2019

    This nasty yahoo app was installed in my applications folder, but it was INVISIBLE. After I didn’t see it in my applications folder, I found it by doing a spotlight search for “yahoo”, and the app with yahoo in the name came up in the search results under the applications. From the spotlight search results window, I did a command-delete on the yahoo app to move it to the trash, then emptied the trash and restarted my computer. All seems well at this point.

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    Ali - March 15, 2019

    I have no extension, no unfamiliar apps, but still it is redirecting to Yahoo! Getting mad on this!

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    TC - March 20, 2019

    I had this problem as well. No extensions. No ‘yahoo’ files when searching my hard drive. This keeps happening to me to the point that I reset my computer to factory setting. But after awhile, the dreaded Yahoo search engine took over again. What worked for me this time, was to go into Safari Preferences>Privacy>ManageWebsiteData>RemoveAll. And miraculously I got my Google Search Engine back. Hope this may help someone.

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      tony - April 23, 2019

      this worked

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      Nriq D. - April 25, 2019

      Funciono.!!!!!!!, mil gracias por el aporte ya me tenia harto

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    gregoryplaysnotes - March 28, 2019

    I’ve tried every suggestion so far and it seems Yahoo still has some Illuminati stranglehold on my browser. Is Apple tech support ever helpful?

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    Paul - March 28, 2019

    Download malwarebytes. It’s free and found all the dodgy files, quarantined them and then deleted them. Worked first time! As above there was something to do with ‘Gilpierro’ in there which was deleted. NO MORE YAHOO!

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      JUAN - April 2, 2019

      Thank you Paul, Malawarebytes worked!

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      Hüseyin - April 9, 2019

      It has worked. I appreciated it, thank you.

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    armin - April 6, 2019

    Hi, This problem has came from an Adobos flash player version that is installed unwillingly. So pls go to preferences -> websites -> plug-ins(bottom left corner)
    and uninstall it. it will be fixed.
    good luck

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      phoenix167 - August 1, 2019

      I don’t see plug ins on my Mac 🙁

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    Danilo Alves - April 15, 2019

    Eu estou tento o problema com o safe Finder Yahoo, não consigo desinstalar do meu MacBook, está me dando uma grande dor de cabeça isso. Eu já não sei mais o que fazer. Se por acaso alguém souber como arrumar, saber mesmo, não somente mandar um link da internet, eu ficarei muito grato.

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    Phil Rogers - May 1, 2019

    I had google as a search then yahoo appeared , I followed the instructions and deleted an extension which was downloaded at 5.50am last month, so I knew it wasn’t anything I had downloaded. Now got my google search back
    Thanks

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    Dave Adams - May 15, 2019

    I found ArtemisSearch running in the process list.
    ps -eaf | grep Arte
    0 15387 1 0 2:40PM ?? 0:00.46 /var/root/.ArtemisSearch/ArtemisSearchDaemon
    0 15471 15387 0 2:41PM ?? 0:00.18 /var/root/.ArtemisSearch/ArtemisSearch –mode socks5 –showhost -q -s /var/root/.ArtemisSearch/ArtemisSearch.py
    0 15472 15471 0 2:41PM ?? 0:01.29 /var/root/.ArtemisSearch/ArtemisSearch –mode socks5 –showhost -q -s /var/root/.ArtemisSearch/ArtemisSearch.py

    Deleted all files in /var/root/.ArtemisSearch and had no internet connectivity.
    Went to network preferences -> advanced ->proxies and cleared the check mark against SOCKS proxy.

    Internet back with the default google search

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    Şirin Bozüyük - May 23, 2019

    I had the same issue. I just found an extension called NameSearch that I don’t remember downloading and at first didn’t appear when I clicked safari->safari extensions. Then I went to safari->preferences->extensions and saw this extension. When I wanted to delete the extension it said it was provided by an app. So I went to applications found the app called NameSearch and deleted it. Hence the extension was also deleted and I’m no longer directed to freaking yahoo. YAY. I also emptied my thrash, you know, just to be sure.

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    Elaine - June 11, 2019

    I tried everything here, but yahoo was still a problem. Open Finder. Click Go in top menu, then Go to Folder. Search /Library/LaunchDaemons. Organize list by most recent to help you find suspicious stuff. I deleted a file called SearchWebAssist, restarted my computer, and ta-da! Google!

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      sebas - June 16, 2019

      This totally worked thank you Elaine. you guys just follow her steps. Totally did the /library/launchdaemons. Then I had something similar to search website and I deleted 2 of those bastards now it works just fine.

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      Greg - July 1, 2019

      Elaine, you’re a star!!!

      I noticed I had 2 recent additions in my /Library/LaunchDaemons

      com.GlobalConsoleSearchDaemon.plist
      com.GlobalConsoleSearchP.plist

      Deleted these and it now all works fine. I have Google!!!!

      A Note to anyone else, make sure you restart your machine after you removed these files.

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      Sarah H - August 11, 2019

      This one worked for me!
      I had NO Safari extensions, no Yahoo in Apps. I did all suggestions above and I’m glad I continued scrolling and found your suggestion. Thank you!

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    ANGIEFELANGIE - June 27, 2019

    This worked for me too! Had to restart my Mac once removing a couple of files called ultra search (I think) and an adobe file from the list but once the restart was complete – it worked.
    NOW I CAN BE HAPPY AGAIN!!!!!

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    PVB - June 29, 2019

    I had this annoying problem this week and I’ve never used yahoo. It did not help to follow the safari instructions since I had no extensions. We have used google so I opened the google chrome and followed the google instructions and there were bad extensions that I did not know of. I removed those as instructions said and now it works. I’ve never had an issue with apple like this so a little worried that the hackers are now targeting apple.

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    Karen - August 5, 2019

    Mine came from Adobe Flash Player. In Preference->Websites-> Plugs-in, Adobe Flash Player is listed, but I can’t remove it from this screen. Help?

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