Remove Yahoo Search Redirect from Mac (Safari/Chrome/Firefox Virus)

George Herman
George Herman
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What Is Yahoo Search Redirect Mac Virus?


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Yahoo is not a virus or malware. You can use it without being concerned about this issue. It’s one of the browser extensions that are used to modify your browser settings for various purposes. Your computer will become infected with Yahoo Search redirect Mac virus only if you decide to install it yourself. When clicking on either the icon or extension name, you will be prompted to install an add-on. Depending on the browser, you may be asked to allow it or approve it to complete installation. There’s also a chance that you may not see any prompts. If this is the case, your browser will redirect you to without any request of your own. This suggests that there is something wrong with your browser settings or some kind of cyber attack currently in progress. Changing your default search engine is not a very good idea, especially if you do it without ever reading the Terms of Service (TOS). As a matter of fact, Yahoo Search Redirect Mac virus is actually mentioned in the TOS as one of the products sold by Yahoo Search. It means that you are giving your online browsing details to a third party without even knowing about it.

How Is Yahoo Search Redirect Mac Virus Distributed?

There are several dubious services operating under the umbrella of the generic Yahoo Search redirect Mac virus. These services, more often than not, are adware and potential threats to your Mac. By installing this search redirect extension, you essentially sign away your right to privacy while using the web. Once you install the add-on, your browser will launch Yahoo Search as the default search engine and will also add Yahoo as an item in the menu bar. The menu bar icon will display whether Yahoo is active or not. This design helps to conceal your activity from others by making it seem that your browser is simply asking for a website when you are actually about to be on a search page elsewhere.

Malicious apps redirecting to Yahoo. Here are a few examples of these adware representatives:

  • My Search Results (
  • Mysearchdial (
  • Safe Finder (,
  • Any Search Manager (
  • SearchMine (
  • Searchalot (
  • Search Pulse (
  • TapuFind (
  • Chill Tab (
  • Kuklorest (
  • Babylon Search (
  • Shroomcourt (
  • Smokyashan (
  • Youndoo and so forth

Related Domains to the Yahoo Search Redirect Mac Virus:

  • Search[random]
  • default[random]
  • lkysearchds[random]

How harmful is Yahoo Search Redirect hijacker? 

Even though Yahoo Search is not a malicious site, it may still do bad things to your computer. The first thing it can do is take you to dubious websites that contain viruses and malware. If you are infected by malware or a virus, your computer will be compromised and you will have to pay for the anti-virus software. It may be possible that you are already infected with such a virus and don’t even know it. The risk of financial loss is also quite high when using the extension for your searches. You could end up being charged a great deal of money just because you want to look for your favorite website. Since the searches are not limited to a single site, you will end up clicking on all the sponsored links on that page. The owners of these ads pay Yahoo Search whatever they are paying them, regardless of how useful their content is. In many cases, the problem is due to installation of an adware app from the AdLoad family or Bundlore. One more pattern is the bizarre name convention the malware writers use like: CommonResearch, EmergingZip, OpenForMac, AlgorithmFormula, BrightStart, SkilledMarketing, OriginType, Connectionoptimizer, FunctionLogInput, StartNewSearch, SkilledMarketing, BasicBitParameter, BasicSkill, ProType,, EABSearch, ExpandedLibrary etc…

How did I get infected?

The majority of infections related to this browser extension or adware are usually caused by corrupted downloads. Downloading a file from an unknown source is risky, especially if it happens through some sort of malware. The same applies to the advertisements that you see in your browser. You should never click on them, because they very well could be malicious malware.

How do I avoid infection?

After downloading something, make sure you investigate (check digital signature, ask google for the program itself) it before running it in your Mac. By doing so, you will be able to identify any malicious files and delete them from your Mac.

How can I Remove Yahoo Search Redirect virus ?

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

  • Open your Finder –> Click on GO –>Click on Utilities

macos utilities

  • Find Activity Monitor and open it

activity monitor macos

  • Review all the processes in Activity Monitor and write down the ones related to Yahoo Search Redirect virus

Yahoo Search Redirect stop

  • Select Quit

Yahoo Search Redirect info

  • To kill the malicious process, choose the Force Quit option.

force quit Yahoo Search Redirect

Step 2: Remove Yahoo Search Redirect – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

The first thing you need to do is to make sure Safari is not running. If you have troubles closing it, you may need to Force Quit Safari - (Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Application --> Utilities --> Activity monitor. Locate the Safari process and force quit it.

Safely launch Safari again by holding the Shift key and clicking on the Safari application icon - This will prevent Safari’s previously opened malicious web pages.

In case that you still are having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages, please do the following:

  • Force Quit Safari again.
  • Disconnect form Internet and try again.

Then Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button to prevent pop-ups. Then, click on Preferences.

  • Carefully take a look at your default home page and change it if the hijacker altered it.

  • Then go to the Extensions tab and make sure there are no unknow extensions installed.

  • Next step is to click on Privacy tab

  • Manage website data

  • Here you can remove any unwanted website data or just remove them all. Please, keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
  • The next step is to Clear History (if you want), select the tab.

  • Click the menu next to clear and choose a time period — if you want to completely reset Safari, choose all history.
  • Press Clear History
  • To remove from Chrome, open the browser and click the icon with the three dots located in the top-right.
  • Select to More Tools --> Extensions and review what Chrome Extensions are present in the browser
  • Remove the ones that you do not recognize.

bad toolbar

  • If the parasite continues to disrupt your browsing with Chrome, this is what else you can do:
    1. Click again the menu of Google Chrome, and open Settings.
    2. Select the Search Engine from the left panel, review the available search engines and change the default to your preference.default search engine
    3. Then, click on Manage Search Engines, review the list of search engine availabilities and if any of the listed items looks suspicious, click the three-dots next to them, and delete.suspicious search engine
    4. Click on Privacy and Security in the left panel, select the Clear browsing data option, check every box except the Passwords one, and click Clear Data.clear browsing data
    5. Next step is to clear Notifications, select the Site settings option in the Privacy and Security section, then locate Notifications.clear notifications
    6. Review the listed websites in the Allow to send notifications section and if any of the entries shown there seem dubious or related to the browser hijacker, select the three dots next to the object and click on Remove.
  • Start Mozilla Firefox
  • On the top right click the three dashes

  • go to add-ons and themes
  • The add-ons manager will open
  • Carefully review review four Firefox Extensions
  • If any unwanted extension is present, click on the three horizontal dots and then Remove

  • After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red dot in the top left and start it again.
To make sure Yahoo Search Redirect is removed from the browser  we recommend to scan with a reputable antimalware program like SpyHunter for Mac

Step 3: Scan for and remove Yahoo Search Redirect files from your Mac

Fix your browser settings with SpyHunter Anti-Malware

Once you download and install SpyHunter for Mac run a scan.

Once the scan is complete, your mac will be virus free.

Yahoo Search Redirect malware Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I get rid of Yahoo Search Redirect?

Yahoo Search Redirect is a Browser hijacker – malicious software that can be installed by third-party applications or websites. They usually change the settings of web browsers and search engines to display certain ads, pop-ups, banners, etc.

  • What are the symptoms of Yahoo Search Redirect infection in your Mac?

Yahoo Search Redirect becomes your web browser’s built-in search engine.

Your browser’ s search queries are redirected through Yahoo Search

The “Yahoo Search Redirect” browser extension or some shady software is installed on your Mac.

  • How do I remove Yahoo Search Redirect from my browser?

In Internet Explorer, click the gear icon on the top left and select Manage add-ons. Under Add-on Types, select Search Providers. Select your search engine from the list of providers and click Remove to remove it. In Google Chrome, go to Settings (at the top right) and choose Search in the On Startup drop down menu.

  • How do I uninstall Yahoo Search Redirect?
If you made a mistake when installing an app on your mac, the easiest way to uninstall it is by right clicking on its icon in your dock, then going to ‘move to trash’. Once it’s gone, restart your mac. If that didn’t work for you, try rebooting and looking for an icon opening up. Once you’ve found that, go to utilities/get info, then go to the ‘Applications’ tab and look for the app. Right-click it and select ‘Get Info’ and then look for the option to ‘Uninstall this Version’. If that doesn’t work, restart your mac again. If you don’t have any luck you can always use the SpyHunter free uninstall.

How to Make Your Mac Run Faster?

You might be wondering how to make your Mac run faster? It is a common misconception that the more processing power you have, the faster your computer will run. In reality, it’s actually about what’s going on in your processor and memory. For the average person using a computer for just general applications like word processing and web browsing, you don’t need much in the way of computing power.

– Use an SSD drive instead of a hard disk drive.

– Double your RAM if possible.

– Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP). (Attention! – do this only if you know the consequences.)


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