Mac Google Search Goes To Yahoo

CleanMyMac X is very efficient deleting all the traces of malware from your Mac, so you can be sure Yahoo search engine virus goes away. The best thing is, with CleanMyMac X you don’t even have to look for the red flags or run malware scanning— the app can notify you when there’s any sign of malicious activity on your Mac. Why does Google search go to Yahoo? After entering your browser, the Yahoo Search redirect changes your browser settings and sets up redirects. So every time you search for something, you get redirected to a page filled with ads and camouflaged as Yahoo Search. How did Yahoo Search redirect get on my Mac? Yahoo redirection is one example—although technically it is not a virus. When there are malware or hijackers on your Mac, they will redirect your search to Yahoo Search. It is really annoying and will pose potential threat for your computer. This tutorial will give you a. step-by-step guide to solve the Yahoo redirect problem.

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. However, 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.

NameYahoo redirect
CategoryBrowser hijacker
SymptomsRedirects to Yahoo, displays ads on the search results page
Infection methodBundling, malvertising
System damageChanges to browser settings, unwanted ads, browser activity tracking
RemovalManual removal

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 get 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.

How to remove Yahoo Search engine redirect from Mac

Yahoo redirect doesn't necessarily install itself directly on your Mac — it affects your browser, which means the only way to get rid of it is to remove the redirect from the browser you're using. The steps to doing it may vary depending on your browser; don't worry, we'll explain how to remove Yahoo Search from Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

How to remove the Yahoo Search engine redirect from Chrome

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

Uninstall suspicious apps

If the redirects are still happening and you see ads everywhere, maybe an app you've downloaded recently is the culprit. The best way to find and uninstall it is by using CleanMyMac X. Its Uninstaller module lets you remove apps and all app-related data altogether, saving tons of space on your Mac. Here's how to uninstall suspicious apps:

  1. Download CleanMyMac X.
  2. Once it has been installed, launch it.
  3. Choose Uninstaller and click View All Applications.
  4. Select the app you've downloaded recently.
  5. Press Uninstall.

And just like that the app and all its data is gone! You can also check out the Leftovers section to remove other apps remaining files.

How to remove the Yahoo Search engine redirect from 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.
  7. Go to Privacy and click Manage Website Data.
  8. Click Remove All.
  9. At last clear history: Safari menu > History > Clear History.

How to remove the Yahoo Search engine redirect from 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.
  6. Select Privacy & Security to clear website data and history.

At last, check your browsers or better, restart your Mac.

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. Also, uninstall the suspicious apps that could be bundled with browser hijacker — use CleanMyMac X to delete apps and their data altogether.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Google search go to Yahoo?

After entering your browser, the Yahoo Search redirect changes your browser settings and sets up redirects. So every time you search for something, you get redirected to a page filled with ads and camouflaged as Yahoo Search.

How did Yahoo Search redirect get on my Mac?

Clicking malicious pop-ups, such as the one telling you to update the Adobe Flash Player, may result in downloading malware. It could also get on your Mac with another app through bundling.

How to get rid of Yahoo Search redirect on Mac?

To remove the redirect from your Mac, you need to reset your browser settings and clear all website data. Also, check the last app you installed before the redirect appeared on your Mac — this program could be bundled with the malicious agent, so it's better to remove the app

What is a browser hijacker?

When installed on devices, internet browsers automatically force-open fake or legitimate search engines (and/or other dubious websites). Typically, these redirects occur when attempts are made to search via the URL bar or when a new browser tab/window is opened.

Dubious software within the browser hijacker category achieves this by making certain modifications to browser settings. Additionally, most browser hijackers have data tracking capabilities, which are used to monitor browsing activity and collect sensitive information extracted from it.

Browser hijackers are also classified as Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs), since many users download/install them unintentionally.

Browser hijackers typically target Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and other popular browsers with large user bases. These rogue applications operate by assigning the addresses of specific search engines as the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs.

Therefore, browsers with any/all of the aforementioned options set to Yahoo! (search.yahoo.com) will redirect to this search engine due to a browser hijacker having infiltrated the system. As mentioned, these redirects to Yahoo! are caused when a new browser tab/window is opened and/or search query is typed into the URL bar.

Note that search.yahoo.com is a legitimate search engine developed by the Yahoo! web service provider, however, this is more than an issue of search engine preference, as browser hijackers are notorious for data tracking.

They usually monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather vulnerable data derived from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is highly likely to contain personally identifiable information, which developers monetize by sharing with and/or selling to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

Therefore, the presence of browser hijackers on browsers/systems can cause serious privacy concerns, financial loss and even result in identity theft. Furthermore, recovering a hijacked browser without removing the software affecting it is impossible, since any changes users attempt to make to their browsers are undone, if access to the settings is allowed at all.

To ensure device integrity and user safety, you are strongly advised to eliminate all suspicious applications and likewise suspect browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Namesearch.yahoo.com redirect
Threat TypeBrowser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus.
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
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Yahoo

Browser hijackers may seem normal and harmless. This software typically offers various 'useful' and functionality, however, the advertised features seldom work as promised and, in most cases, do not work at all. Bright Start, NiceTab StartPage and MacAppExtensions are some examples of other browser hijackers.

The search engines they promote are often fake, despite their legitimate appearance. For example, searches.network, search.handlersection.com, searches.cloud, and searchsnow.com amongst countless others.

As these bogus search tools are rarely capable of providing unique search results, they simply redirect (or cause redirection chains leading) to Yahoo, Google, Bing and other genuine search engines. The only purpose of browser hijackers and other PUAs is to generate revenue for the developers.

How did a browser hijacker install on my computer?

PUAs (browser hijackers included) are distributed via the download/installation set-ups of other products. This deceptive marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called 'bundling'.

By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.), many users risk inadvertently allowing dubious and bundled content into their devices. Some PUAs also have 'official' promotional web pages, from which they can be downloaded.

Intrusive advertisements proliferate these applications as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products to verify their legitimacy, prior to download/installation or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and trustworthy sources.

Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive and bundled content - they are are untrusted download sources and should be avoided.

When downloading/installing, it is important to read the terms, explore all possible options, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. It is crucial to exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive ads may seem legitimate, however, they often redirect to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

If you encounter ads or redirects of this kind, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Example of a rogue installation setup (fake Adobe Flash Player installer) used to proliferate a browser hijacker:

Example of a scam website promoting fake Adobe Flash Player updater/installer:

Example of a website used to promote a browser-hijacking extension:

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Quick menu:

  • STEP 1. Remove browser hijacker related files and folders from OSX.
  • STEP 2. Remove browser hijacker caused redirects from Safari.
  • STEP 3. Remove browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
  • STEP 4. Remove browser hijacker's homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Browser hijacker removal:

Remove browser hijacker-related potentially unwanted applications from your 'Applications' folder:

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select 'Applications'. In the applications folder, look for 'MPlayerX','NicePlayer', or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

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Remove search.yahoo.com redirect related files and folders:

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar, choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

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In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support


In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:


In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

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In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, 'com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click 'Start Combo Scan' button.

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays 'no threats found' - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

search.yahoo.com redirect homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

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Remove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.yahoo.com redirect related Safari extensions:

Open Safari browser. From the menu bar, select 'Safari' and click 'Preferences...'.

In the preferences window, select 'Extensions' and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the 'Uninstall' button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

In the 'Preferences' window, select the 'General' tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

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In the 'Preferences' window, select the 'Search' tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled 'Search engine:' Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove search.yahoo.com redirect related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the 'Open Menu' (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose 'Add-ons'.

Choose the 'Extensions' tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the 'Remove' button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

To change your homepage, click the 'Open Menu' (three horizontal lines) button and choose 'Preferences' from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

In the URL address bar, type 'about:config' and click the 'I'll be careful, I promise!' button.

In the 'Search:' field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click 'Reset' from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove search.yahoo.com redirect related Google Chrome add-ons:

Open Google Chrome and click the 'Chrome menu' (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose 'More Tools' and select 'Extensions'.

In the 'Extensions' window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the 'Trash' button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

Click the 'Chrome menu' (three horizontal lines) button and choose 'Settings'. In the 'On Startup' section, click the 'Set pages' link near to the 'Open a specific page or set of pages' option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

Click the 'Chrome menu' (three horizontal lines) button and choose 'Settings'. In the 'Search' section, click the 'Manage search engines...' button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the 'X' button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the 'Make default' button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

All the way through step 4 did the job, still scanning my macbook tho, that malware was super annoying, and my first time with any kind of virus on my Mac.

Why Is Yahoo My Search Engine On Mac

I really appreciate your guide.