How to Remove Yahoo Redirect Virus on Mac

Do you find your Mac’s web browser keeps sending you to Yahoo? In this situation, no matter which browser or search engine you use, your results will still come from Yahoo. If you find yourself dealing with this problem, then your Mac has probably been infected with a browser hijacker.


As annoying as this issue is, there are proven ways to remove the Yahoo search redirect virus from your Mac. Follow our advice, and you’ll be able to regain control of your browser, whether you’re using Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.

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What is Yahoo Search redirect virus?

The Yahoo redirect virus is a browser hijacker. That means it’s malicious software that takes control of your web browser, automatically sending you to the Yahoo search engine. Often, this generates money for the cyber criminals who put the hijacker on your computer in the first place.

Is Yahoo redirect virus dangerous?

Yahoo itself is safe, but browser hijackers are dangerous. They may send you to fake Yahoo pages and other infected websites controlled by cyber criminals. As well as putting malware on your Mac, these sites may also steal your personal data.

What does the Yahoo redirect virus do?

Browser hijackers like the Yahoo redirect virus may simply change your web browser’s settings, but they can also go much further. They can also potentially install more malware, including rogue apps, on your Mac. You should delete the Yahoo redirect virus as soon as you can.

How do you realize that the Yahoo redirect virus is on your Mac?

Symptoms of the Yahoo redirect hijacker are easy to spot. Not only will all your search results come from Yahoo instead of your preferred search engine—but if you select a different search engine in your browser’s settings, such as Google, you’ll still get redirected to Yahoo. That’s a clear sign of infection.

How to get rid of Yahoo Search redirect virus from your Mac

Once you’ve established that your Mac is infected with a Yahoo search redirect, you need to think about removal. Follow our tips, and you should be able to fix the issue fast:

  1. Check out the login items
  2. Use antivirus and scan your Mac
  3. Get rid of strange and unused browser extensions
  4. Delete suspicious programs
  5. Reset settings and data on your browser
  6. Choose another default search engine
  7. Reset your macOS

1. Check out the login items

Often, malware will install login items on your Mac—software that starts up automatically when you boot into macOS. Deleting this is the first step in getting rid of the Yahoo search hijacker. Here’s how:

  1. In your Mac’s System Settings, select General > Login Items.
  2. Select an item to remove from the Open at Login list, and click the minus button.
Often, malware will start with macOS. You can potentially stop that happening from your Mac's System Settings, under 'Login Items'.
Step 1. Open Login Items
Select the login item you want to remove, then click the minus button. There are more login items that don't appear in this list, though.
Step 2. Remove login items you don't want

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System Settings doesn’t show the complete picture. Your Mac also has LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons that automatically start in the background. Although you can find and delete them manually, it’s much faster and easier to use MacKeeper’s Login Items remover. It’ll find and delete unneeded startup items in just a few clicks.

2. Use antivirus and scan your Mac

Antivirus software is by far the best way to find and remove suspicious files. Trying to remove malware from your Mac manually could take you days. Here’s how to run a scan with MacKeeper’s Antivirus:

  1. Start MacKeeper, and select Antivirus. Click Start Scan.
  2. Wait for the scan to finish. If MacKeeper finds anything suspicious, select what to remove, and click Delete.
  3. Click Delete again.
If you think you've got malware on your Mac, you can find out using MacKeeper's Antivirus tool. Open it up, then click 'Start Scan'.
Step 1. Click Start Scan
When MacKeeper has finished scanning your Mac, check through the results, select what you want to remove, and click' Delete'.
Step 2. Select what to delete
Finally, you'll need to confirm that want to delete the suspicious file from your Mac. Click the 'Delete' button in the pop-up window.
Step 3. Confirm removal of malware



MacKeeper can also help you deal with other malware types, including scareware like the Advanced Mac Cleaner virus.

3. Get rid of strange and unused browser extensions

Browser extensions can add all kinds of useful functionality to your browser, but malware creators also create malicious extensions. If you see any suspicious extensions, below you’ll find out how to remove them.

3.1 How to remove Safari extensions

Do the following to remove extensions in Safari:

  1. In your Safari menu bar, select Safari > Settings.
  2. Click Extensions, select an extension to remove, and click Uninstall.
  3. Click Show in Finder.
  4. Delete the extension from your system.
Safari users who want to remove unwanted extensions should start by opening the browser's settings from the menu bar.
Step 1. Open Safari settings
In the 'Extensions' tab of your Safari settings, look through the list of installed extensions. Pick one from the list, select it, and click the 'Uninstall' button.
Step 2. Click Uninstall
After you click the 'Uninstall' button, Safari will present you with the pop-up dialog about removing the extension. Click 'Show in Finder'.
Step 3. Click Show in Finder
Safari will open up a Finder window, showing you where the extension is installed. You can now send it to your Trash to delete it.
Step 4. Move apps to your Trash

3.2 How to remove Chrome extensions

Deleting extensions in Chrome is easy. Do as follows:

  1. Open Chrome, then go to Chrome > Settings in the menu bar.
  2. Select Extensions in the sidebar.
  3. On any extension that you want to delete, click the Remove button. Click Remove to confirm.
If you're a Chrome user, you can remove any unwanted or suspicious extensions from the Chome settings, which you can reach from the menu bar.
Step 1. Open Chrome's settings
In Chrome's settings menu, select 'Extensions' in the sidebar on the left. This will open up in a new tab  in your Chrome browser.
Step 2. Click Exensions
In Chrome's 'Extensions' window, look through the installed extensions. If you see anything that you'd like to delete, click the 'Remove' button for that extension.
Step 3. Click the Remove button

3.3 How to remove Firefox extensions

Use these steps to remove extensions from Firefox:

  1. Select Firefox > Preferences in the menu bar.
  2. Click Extensions & Themes in the sidebar.
  3. Click the three dots next to an extension, and select Remove. In the pop-up, click Remove.
Removing extensions from Firefox is quick and painless. Start by selecting Firefox > Preferences from your browser menu bar.
Step 1. Open Firefox preferences
Next, in the Firefox preferences menu, select 'Extensions & Themes' from the sidebar on the left. This will open a new screen.
Step 2 Open Extensions & Themes
Look through the list of Firefox extensions that are currently installed. To remove one, click the three dots next to that extension, then use the dropdown menu to choose 'Remove'.
Step 3. Remove extensions from Firefox

3.4 How to remove Opera extensions

Want to remove extensions from Opera? Follow these steps:

  1. In Opera, select View > Show Extensions from the menu bar.
  2. On any extension you want to erase, click Remove. Click Remove to confirm.
It only takes a few steps to delete extensions from the Opera web browser. In your Opera menu bar, select View > Show Exensions.
Step 1. Select Show Extensions
Look through the list of installed Opera extensions. If you see an extension that you think is suspicious, click the 'Remove' button to get rid of it.
Step 2. Click the Remove button

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4. Delete suspicious programs

Browser hijackers may also install other dangerous apps on your Mac. It’s important to find and remove them as soon as you can. Here's how:

  1. Open your Applications folder.
  2. Delete any third-party apps you don’t recognize. Remember to empty your Trash afterward.
Sometimes, browser hijackers like the Yahoo redirect virus will install other apps on your Mac. Start by checking your Applications folder.
Step 1. Look through your Applications folder
If you see any apps that could be related to the Yahoo redirect virus, then you should get rid of them. Send suspicious apps to your Trash, and then empty it.
Step 2. Delete apps that you don't recognize

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5. Reset settings and data on your browser

Getting your browser back to its default state can also help you to fix issues caused by redirect malware. Here’s how to reset the most popular Mac web browsers:

  1. On Safari
  2. On Chrome
  3. On Firefox
  4. On Opera

5.1 How to reset Safari

To get Safari back to its factory settings, you’ll need to delete its preference files. Just do as follows:

  1. Make sure Safari is completely shut down. In Finder, select Go to Folder from your menu bar. Type ~/Library/Preferences and press Return.
  2. Find the file and delete it.
  3. Go to ~/Library/Safari/, and delete everything other than Bookmarks.plist.
  4. Visit ~/Library/Containers/, and delete anything with Safari in its file name.
To reset your Safari browser, you'll need to delete various files and folders, hidden away on your Mac. Start by going to your 'Preferences' folder.
Step 1. Go to your Preferences folder
In your Mac's 'Preferences' folder, look for your Safari .plist file. This is where your Safari preferences are stored. Delete it from your Mac.
Step 2. Delete your Safari preferences
There are more files you'll need to delete to reset Safari to its factory settings. In your Safari Library folder, delete everything other than your bookmarks.
Step 3. Delete more Safari files
Finally, look in ~/Library/Containers. Search for anything that has Safari in its name then delete it from your Mac. Remember to empty your Trash.
Step 4. Clear your Containers folder of Safari content

For more information, check out our guide on how to remove malware from Mac Safari.

5.2 How to reset Chrome

If you’re a Google Chrome fan, then try resetting it to deal with the Yahoo redirect virus. Here’s how:

  1. In Chrome’s settings, click Reset settings in the side menu. Select Reset settings to their original defaults.
  2. Click Reset settings.
If you want to reset Google Chrome, first go into the browser's settings menu. Then in the sidebar, select the 'Reset settings' option.
Step 1. Select Reset Settings
Confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome. A pop-up window will explain what's about to happen. If you're okay with it, click the 'Reset settings' button.
Step 2. Confirm the reset

5.3. How to reset Firefox

Resetting Firefox can help if you’re having issues with it. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Quit out of Firefox, then hold down the Opt key and relaunch the browser.
  2. In the dialog that pops up, click Refresh Firefox, then Refresh Firefox again.
Resetting Firefox on Mac is easy. All you have to do is quit out of Firefox, then hold down the Opt key on your keyboard and start up Firefox again.
Step 1. Hold Opt while starting up Firefox
Click the 'Refresh Firefox' button. This will bring up another pop-up, giving you one last chance to change your mind. To proceed, click the new 'Refresh Firefox' button.
Step 2. Click Refresh Firefox

5.4 How to reset Opera

You can reset Opera back to its default state in just a few steps. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. In Opera’s Settings page, scroll down until you see Advanced. Click it to open it.
  2. Under Reset settings, click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  3. Click Reset.
To reset Opera to its factory settings, start by opening its settings page. Scroll down until you see 'Advanced'. Click it to open it up.
Step 1. Open Opera's advanced settings
In Opera's 'Advanced' settings, under 'Reset settings', click 'Restore settings to their original defaults'. Another window will pop up.
Step 2. Choose the option to reset the browser
Finally, to return your Opera web browser to its original settings, click the 'Reset' button in the window that pops up.
Step 3. Confirm that you want to reset Opera

6. Choose another default search engine

Once you’ve removed all traces of the Yahoo redirect virus from your Mac, you’ll probably need to select your default search engine again. Keep reading, and we’ll show you how.

6.1 Reset your Safari search engine

After you delete the Yahoo redirect virus, you can choose your Safari search engine. This is what you’ll need to do:

  1. Select Safari > Settings in your menu bar.
  2. In the Search section, use the dropdown menu next to Search engine to choose your search engine.
After removing other traces of the Yahoo redirect virus, you may need to restore your Safari search engine manually. Open your Safari settings.
Step 1. Open your Safari settings
In the 'Search' tab of your Safari settings, use the dropdown menu next to 'Search engine' and choose the search engine you want to use.
Step 2. Select your Safari search engine

6.2 Reset your Chrome search engine

Do you need to fix your Chrome browser’s search engine settings? Here’s the right information for you:

  1. In Chrome, pick Chrome > Settings from the top menu. Click Search engine in the sidebar. In the Search engine used in the address bar section, use the dropdown menu to choose your search engine.
  2. If you have any suspicious search engines in the drop-down list, select Manage search engines and site search, click the More icon (three dots), then click Delete.
In your Chrome settings menu, look through the sidebar on the left-hand side and click 'Search engine', then choose your search engine using the dropdown menu.
Step 1. Go to the search engine settings in Chrome
After choosing your Chrome search engine on your Mac, you'll want to delete any search engines that suspect could be related to malware. This can help with browser hijackers.
Step 2. Delete unwanted search engines

6.3 Reset your Firefox search engine

If you’re a Firefox user, you’ll use a different process to reset your browser. Check out the steps below:

  1. Choose Firefox > Settings from the menu bar.
  2. In the Search tab, use the drop-down menu under Default Search Engine to select your search engine.
  3. If you see a search engine you weren’t expecting, go down to Search Shortcuts, select that item and click Remove.
If you're a Firefox user, then you'll need to get into the app's settings to reset your search engine and hopefully stop it redirecting to Yahoo.
Step 1. Select Settings in your Firefox menu bar
In the Firefox settings menu, select 'Search' from the sidebar on the left, then use the dropdown menu to choose a web browser.
Step 2. Choose your search engine in Firefox
After choosing your Firefox search engine, you should remove any other search engines that you don't want or which are suspicious.
Step 3. Delete unwanted search engines

6.4 Reset your Opera search engine

Opera users, you can reset your search engine too, if it’s going to an unfamiliar website. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Open Opera > Settings in the menu bar.
  2. In the sidebar, click Basic, then go down to Search engine and choose your search engine using the dropdown menu.
  3. You can also remove search engines from Opera. Click Manage search engines and site search, then the three dots next to a search engine and choose the option to remove it. You can't delete search engines that came with Opera, though.
To change your Opera default search engine, start by selecting Opera > Settings from the menu bar at the top of your Mac's screen.
Step 1. Open your Opera settings menu
In the 'Basic' section of your Opera browser settings, go to the 'Search engine' area and use the dropdown list to choose your search engine.
Step 2. Select your Opera search engine
You can also remove search engines from Opera, but you can't delete the ones that come preinstalled with the web browser.
Step 3. Remove unwanted search engines

7. Reset your macOS

This is your final resort. If you can’t get your web browser back to normal, then you’re probably dealing with a particularly stubborn piece of malware. Resetting your macOS will return your Mac to its factory settings, so make sure to back up your important data first. We recommend following our full guide to resetting your Mac. These are the basic steps:

  1. Boot your Mac into recovery mode.
  2. If you have a clean Time Machine backup, choose Restore from Time Machine.
  3. Otherwise, click Reinstall macOS, and follow the on-screen instructions.
If all else fails, and you can't get the Yahoo redirect virus off your Mac, then you may have no choice other than to factory reset your machine.

Take back your browser

Browser hijackers can be a real nuisance. Not only do they take over your browser, but they can threaten your data and privacy, as well as having an impact on your Mac’s performance. Hopefully, the information in our guide has helped you to regain control of your browser and delete the Yahoo redirect virus once and for all.


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FAQ about the Yahoo redirect virus on MacBook

1. Why does my MacKeeper searching with Yahoo?

If your web browser keeps taking you to Yahoo without asking, it's likely that your Mac is infected with the Yahoo redirect virus—malware that hijacks your browser and makes money for cybercriminals.

2. How do I stop Yahoo from hijacking my Mac browser?

Changing your search engine back to your preferred choice might work, but you’ll probably have to take extra steps. These include running antivirus software like MacKeeper to get rid of malicious files hidden on your Mac.

3. How did the Yahoo Search redirect get on my Mac?

Like all forms of malware, the Yahoo search direct virus can end up on your Mac in many ways. Common sources include rogue websites, infected email attachments, Trojans in seemingly legitimate software, and infected browser extensions.

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