Remove search.yahoo.com browser redirect

Search.yahoo.com redirect is a name for the disruptive transfer for your search query to another search engine. Usually, such a situation happens when the computer is infected with a specific type of malware, called browser hijacker. In this post, I will explain to you why it happens and also show you how to wipe out this malware.

What is the search.yahoo.com?

Yahoo.com is a legit search engine that appeared long ago1. Nowadays, it is developed by Yahoo team, as a part of Verizon Communications corporation. It is quite close to Google by its functions, and has a significant number of users from all over the world. Exactly, the search.yahoo.com is a home page of this search engine.

Nonetheless, many people are complaining about the redirects to this page. It happens because of the partnership between different traffic arbitering companies and Yahoo. First are offering the Leeds, which are collected somewhere. There is nothing bad in traffic arbitering, but sometimes the base of Leeds is collected with malware.

Why does my browser show me the search.yahoo.com redirect?

As I have mentioned in the first paragraph, the search.yahoo.com redirect is definitely a sign of browser hijacker presence. This virus is targeted on your web browser, exactly, on the configurations responsible for the search queries. Besides these redirects, you can also admit another usual symptom of the hijacker presence – changed home page appearance. All these changes are done to show you the content which is paid for to hijacker maintainers. To revert these changes, you need to remove search.yahoo.com redirect.

Search.yahoo.com redirect

Here is a short description of search.yahoo.com redirect:
Name Search.yahoo.com redirect
Type Browser hijacker
Effects Virus redirects your search queries to search.yahoo.com site
Malware source Bundled software
Damage level Low
Protection methods
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC

Browser hijackers are not very dangerous themselves since the only thing they can damage is the web browser files. It is quite easy to get rid of them, but the web browsers will keep the changes done by the hijacker until you reset or reinstall it. However, it is still nothing pleasant in the fact that your browser is not under your control. Not all of your search queries are redirected, but with its developers’ wish, the virus will transfer all your questions to search.yahoo.com. To make your browsing experience back to normal, you need to remove search.yahoo.com redirect virus as soon as possible.

How did I get the browser hijacker?

The hijacker is extremely easy to get since it can be disguised as legit software. That’s why one of the most popular ways of hijacker distribution is software bundling. It may be a separate program, or a plugin for your browser, or even an application that cannot be tracked in usual ways. The only thing you may be sure about is that you will see the search.yahoo.com redirect.

Bundled software installation

The example of bundled software installation

Software bundling is a widespread practice among the virus developers. Users who hack the programs to make them usable without purchasing a license approve any offer to include another program in the pack because they are gaining money in such a way. Check precisely the installation window for signs like “Advanced installation settings” or so. The ability to switch off the malware installation often hides under such items.

Ways to remove search.yahoo.com redirect

As I have already said, it can be removed in two clicks, even manually, i.e., without the use of anti-malware software. But since the hijacker’s shape may be different, it is straightforward to get infected with a thing, which removal methods are different from the ones we can offer. That’s why the only manual thing I can recommend to perform is a browser reset. But first, we need to get rid of the virus. If otherwise, all changes to the browser parameters will be reverted by the malware.

Some users can try to make use of Microsoft Defender. It is quite an effective antivirus tool, but the complicated interface, together with the high resources consumption force the users to search for the third-party solution for that case. My choice for search.yahoo.com redirect removal is GridinSoft Anti-Malware2.

Remove search.yahoo.com redirect with GridinSoft Anti-Malware

  • Download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware. After the installation, you will be offered to perform the Standard Scan. Approve this action.
  • Gridinsoft Anti-Malware during the scan process

  • Standard scan checks the logical disk where the system files are stored, together with the files of programs you have already installed. The scan lasts up to 6 minutes.
  • GridinSoft Anti-Malware scan results

  • When the scan is over, you may choose the action for each detected virus. For all files of Parimatch.ru malware the default option is “Delete”. Press “Apply” to finish the malware removal.
  • GridinSoft Anti-Malware - After Cleaning

Now, when the computer is clean of viruses, we can proceed to the browser reset. You can do this step manually, as well as with the use of GridinSoft Anti-Malware.

Reset browser settings to default

Manual method of browser reset

To reset Edge, do the following steps :
  1. Open “Settings and more” tab in upper right corner, then find here “Settings” button. In the appeared menu, choose “Reset settings” option :
  2. Reseting the Edge browser

  3. After picking the Reset Settings option, you will see the following menu, stating about the settings which will be reverted to original :
For Mozilla Firefox, do the next actions :
  1. Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the “Help” button. In the appeared menu choose “troubleshooting information” :
  2. The first step to revert Mozilla Firefox

  3. In the next screen, find the “Refresh Firefox” option :
  4. The second step of Firefox restoration
    After choosing this option, you will see the next message :
    The last step for Firefox
If you use Google Chrome
  1. Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button :
  2. In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” :
  3. Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default :
Opera can be reset in the next way
  1. Open Settings menu by pressing the gear icon in the toolbar (left side of the browser window), then click “Advanced” option, and choose “Browser” button in the drop-down list. Scroll down, to the bottom of the settings menu. Find there “Restore settings to their original defaults” option :

  2. After clicking the “Restore settings…” button, you will see the window, where all settings, which will be reset, are shown :

Reset your browser settings with GridinSoft Anti-Malware

To reset your browser with GridinSoft Anti-Malware, open the Tools tab, and click the “Reset browser settings” button.

Tools tab in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

You can see the list of the options for each browser. By default, they are set up in a manner that fits the majority of users. Press the “Reset” button (lower right corner). In a minute, your browser will be as good as new.

Reset Browser Settings tab in GridinSoft Anti-Malware

The browser reset is recommended to perform through the antivirus tool by GridinSoft because last is also able to reset the HOSTS file without any additional commands.

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References

  1. About Yahoo.com on Wikipedia
  2. GridinSoft Anti-Malware overview and the reasons why I recommend it for malware removal.
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Search.yahoo.com redirect is a clear sign of malware presence. The search query redirects are usually performed by browser hijacker.
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Wilbur Woodham

I was a technical writer from early in my career, and consider IT Security one of my foundational skills. I’m sharing my experience here, and I hope you find it useful.

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