What is Yahoo Powered Search?
If web-browser on your Mac or MacBook have started to change your default search on another, with the following string: Yahoo Powered Search, Explore with Yahoo search, it means that your Safari, Chrome, or Firefox was hacked by a browser hijacker. Let’s analyze, all information related to Yahoo! Search. This a legal site, moreover it is the search service with a worldwide reputation, but that fact, that your browser changes the default search engine is slightly strange. Despite, Yahoo is totally legal, we can say same about all affiliate services, that use search services provided by Yahoo. The main purpose of such services is to replace your default search engine for analyzing your personal information: name, e-mail address, telephone number. But especially developers are interested in your search inquiries.
Also, you can see one of many examples of popups, provided by Yahoo Powered Search. The content of popups depends on your geolocation, MacOS version, and users preferences. Please read the following text if you want to remove Yahoo Powered Search from Mac.
How Yahoo Powered Search gets on your Mac?
Yahoo Powered Search might get installed with other PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), in addition to other freeware programs, or extensions as a bundle. As other malicious apps, it usually demands to give permission to install on MacOS. After installation, the virus tries to insert itself in a search engine and also to lock the browser settings. That’s why it’s easier to prevent implementation of Yahoo Powered Search virus than to remove it after installation. We also recommend to not allow showing notifications from Yahoo Powered Search. If your system already infected by the virus, get rid of Yahoo Powered Search completely, by using our article.
How to remove Yahoo Powered Search from your Mac or PC?
To uninstall Yahoo Powered Search remove it from Applications, then delete all leftover files and folders.
In our view, only 2 products are capable to remove Yahoo Powered Search. Please, use them to get rif of all files and folders of Yahoo Powered Searchp.
CleanMyMac Antivirus for Mac – might be able to find Yahoo Powered Search and clean up leftover items after removal.
CleanMyMac fully removes all instances of newest viruses from Mac/MacBook and Safari. Besides, leaner can help to optimize MacOS and free up disk space. Compatible with all versions of MacOS.
Or uninstall Yahoo Powered Search manually.
Alternative solution. Step 1: Remove Yahoo Powered Search from Mac
For manually removing of Yahoo Powered Search you should remove malicious profile(s) from System Preferences.
Yahoo Powered Search may not have the app associated with it in Applications. However, we recommend you to inspect the list of installed applications and remove unknown or suspicious ones. Look for Yahoo Powered Search or Yahoo-Powered-Search.app.
- Open Finder
- In the Finder sidebar, click Applications
- If you see Uninstall Yahoo Powered Search or Yahoo Powered Search Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
- Drag unwanted application Yahoo Powered Search from the Applications folder to the Trash (located on the right side of the Dock)
To remove leftover items of unwanted application on Mac we recommend you to use AppCleaner. Just drag application you want to remove to AppCleaner window and it will search for residual data on your hard drive. This will save space of your memory and will help to remove stubborn applications from Mac systems.
After that remove Yahoo Powered Search from your browser.
Step 2: Remove Admin Preferences from Mac
- Open System Preferences.
- Click on Profiles.
- Click on AdminPrefs on the left panel.
- Click the minus button below to delete rogue settings.
Step 3: Remove Yahoo Powered Search from browsers
- Open Safari
- Click Safari menu.
- Choose Extensions.
- Find Yahoo or other suspicious extensions.
- Click Uninstall button to remove it.
- Open Google Chrome
- Push Alt + F.
- Click Tools.
- Choose Extensions.
- Find Yahoo Powered Search or other suspicious extensions.
- Click the trash can icon to remove it.
- Open Firefox.
- Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
- Choose Yahoo or other suspicious extensions.
- Click Disable or Remove button.
Step 4: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings
Reset browser setting in Safari:
- Open Safari.
- Click on the Safari menu.
- Choose Reset Safari….
- Click Reset button.
Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:
- Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
- Choose Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- Go to Reset browser settings section.
- Click Reset browser settings.
- In the dialog that appears, click Reset.
Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:
- Open Mozilla Firefox.
- Go to Help.
- Go to Troubleshooting information.
- Click Reset Firefox… button.
Step 5: Remove following files and folders of Yahoo Powered Search:
Remove following registry entries:
Remove following files:
Remove following folders