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.

Yahoo Powered Search 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.

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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.

  • Run LaunchPad and choose System Preferences
  • Open System Preferences and find Profiles.
  • In the list of profiles on the left side choose AdminPrefs and press remove ‘-‘ button.
  • Malicious profile can be named slightly differently, so you can remove all existed profiles.
  • 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.

    Mac OSX:

    1. Open Finder
    2. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications
    3. If you see Uninstall Yahoo Powered Search or Yahoo Powered Search Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
    4. Drag unwanted application Yahoo Powered Search from the Applications folder to the Trash (located on the right side of the Dock)

    Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Mac OSX

    appcleanerTo 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

    1. Open System Preferences.
    2. Click on Profiles.
    3. Click on AdminPrefs on the left panel.
    4. Click the minus button below to delete rogue settings.

    Step 3: Remove Yahoo Powered Search from browsers


    1. Open Safari
    2. Click Safari menu.
    3. Choose Extensions.
    4. Find Yahoo or other suspicious extensions.
    5. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

    Learn more about removing extensions from Safari.

    Google Chrome:

    1. Open Google Chrome
    2. Push Alt + F.
    3. Click Tools.
    4. Choose Extensions.
    5. Find Yahoo Powered Search or other suspicious extensions.
    6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

    Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

    Mozilla Firefox:

    1. Open Firefox.
    2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
    3. Choose Yahoo or other suspicious extensions.
    4. Click Disable or Remove button.

    Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

    Step 4: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

    Reset browser setting in Safari:

    1. Open Safari.
    2. Click on the Safari menu.
    3. Choose Reset Safari….
    4. Click Reset button.

    Learn more about resetting browser settings in Safari.

    Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:

    1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
    2. Choose Settings.
    3. Click Show advanced settings.
    4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
    5. Click Reset browser settings.
    6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

    Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

    Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:

    1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
    2. Go to Help.
    3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
    4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

    Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

    Step 5: Remove following files and folders of Yahoo Powered Search:

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