How to Get Rid Of Yahoo Search on Mac? Top 7 Methods Discussed

Yahoo search or Yahoo redirect search is a malware or PUA (potentially unwanted application) that impacts the overall performance of your Mac. As it happens, your browser, especially Safari, will automatically redirect to Yahoo search, although it has nothing to do with the actual Yahoo search engine.

As the malware further inflicts the Mac device, you will see it redirecting you to third-party websites, adding sponsored ads, and sudden shutdown of the device.

This way Yahoo Search malware forces you to compromise with device performance and security. To remove it ASAP, it’s crucial to know how to get rid of Yahoo Search on Mac.

You can use antivirus software or manually remove the PUA from Mac’s Finder folder. You may enable the Gatekeeper option to prevent the malware from attacking Mac. Also, always keep the software update option to automatic so that it can download and install the recent patches against the viruses.

Now, it’s time to talk about these things in detail so that you have a clear understanding of the overall problem and its solution. Let’s jump in!

What Is Yahoo Search on Mac?

Yahoo Search on Mac and even in Windows is a suspected malware or PUA. It infects your device with phishing mail or fake software updates. As it inflicts your Mac, it will take control over the default browser and spread to different folders and files ultimately.

Concerning PointsDescription
Type of MalwareBrowser hijacker, adware, or PUA
FunctionsIt often redirects malicious websites, mainly to sponsored websites or pages.
SymptomsBrowser settings changed to Yahoo SearchSearch results redirected to malicious websitesSponsored and pop-up adsSlower computer performance with unwanted activity
Distribution MethodBundled with free software, Downloaded from malicious websites, Phishing emailsMP3 and Video converters
Effect on MacYour device might be infected with malware, track your online and offline activity on your Mac, and damage files and folders.
SeverityThe browser hijacker primarily affects Windows devices; its attack on Mac is rare.

How to Get Rid Of Yahoo Search on Mac?

There are multiple methods you can use to remove the Yahoo Search malware. It includes the following ones:

  1. Using an antivirus
  2. Removing Yahoo Search from Safari
  3. Removing suspicious extension
  4. Changing your default browser
  5. Uninstall unwanted and suspicious applications
  6. Remove unwanted folders and dubious items
  7. Keep Chrome and Firefox safe from dubious extensions

Method 1: Use an Antivirus

The easiest way to remove Yahoo Search malware from Mac is to use a reputable antivirus. You can install TotalAV, Norton 360 Antivirus, or McAfee+ Premium to scan for the adware or PUA.

The easiest way to remove Yahoo Search malware from Mac is to use a reputable antivirus. You can install Malwarebytes, TotalAV, Norton 360 Antivirus, or McAfee+ Premium to scan for the adware or PUA.

Now, let’s see the steps to eliminate Yahoo Search engine redirect adware using Malwarebytes anti-virus software.

Step 1: Download and Install Malwarebytes

First, you should download Malwarebytes from its official website ( Then, install it following the on-screen installer instructions. Once it is installed, launch Malwarebytes in your Mac.

Download and Install Malwarebytes

Step 2: Update Malware Definitions

When you download Malwarebytes, it will lack the latest patches for virus, adware and malwares. So, you should ensure that Malwarebytes program has the latest malware definitions.  For this, open Malwarebytes in your Mac device. Then, click and confirm “Check For Updates…”

Update Malware Definitions

Now, you will get the latest anti-virus patches and definitions.

Step 3: Perform a System Scan

In the Malwarebytes interface, click on the “Scan” tab on the left-hand side.  Now, press the “Start Scan” button to start a threat scan. Malwarebytes will begin scanning Mac for malware. It will scan for unwanted programs, and other threats. Once Malwarebytes completes the scan, it will display a list of detected threats, if any.

Perform a System Scan

Step 4: Quarantine Detected Threats

When you find anything related to Yahoo Search malware, click the “Quarantine” button. Malwarebytes will move the threats to a safe location where they can no longer harm your computer. After quarantining the threats, restart your computer to complete the removal process.

Method 2: Remove Yahoo Search from Safari

Yahoo Search adware or malware typically attacks your Safari browser. So, you must run a complete check of your browser and its extensions to remove the malicious adware. For this, you should reset your browser history, data, and settings to the default version.

Step 1: Go to the Preference menu

Click and open your Safari browser on a Mac device. From there, go to the Preference option from the menu bar.

Go to the safari Preference menu

Step 2: Go to the Privacy Tab

Now, expand the Safari Preference menus, and from there, click on the Privacy tab. It should be on the right side of the Security tab in Safari. Then, expand the Privacy tab by clicking on it and browse to Manage Website Data.

Go to the Privacy Tab

Step 3: Clear Safari data

When you click on the Manage Website Data menu, it will take you to the data page. It will show you the list of the websites that you have permitted to track your browsing information. Scroll down to the bottom and click on the “Remove All” button.

Clear Safari data

It will erase all your browser data and reset it to the default condition.

Step 4: Clear the browser cache

Often, the Yahoo Search adware will hide in the cache even after removing the data. So, you should also clear the entire cache of the Safari browser to ensure the adware is gone. For this, first, expand the Preference menu and then select the “Advanced” menu again.

Show Develop menu in menu bar option

It will take you to the “Show Develop menu in menu bar” option. As you click and enable it, you will see the “Develop” button in the Safari menu. Click on it and scroll down to find the “Empty Cache” button to find the “Clear History” option.

Empty Cache button in safari

Step 5: Clean the entire browser history

When you click on the “Clear History” menu, a new dialog box will open, saying, “Clear.” From there, choose “All History” and then confirm the “Clear History” menu. Click and confirm deleting the entire browser history.

Clean the entire browser history of safari

As you clean your data, cache, and history from the Safari browser, you should get rid of Yahoo Search on Mac.

clean your data, cache, and history from the Safari browser

Method 3: Remove suspicious extensions from Safari

Even after removing the history and cleaning the cache file and data from Safari, the adware might hide itself as an extension in the browser. So, it’s crucial to look for any suspicious extensions that you have yet to install recently.

Step 1: Go to the Preference menu

Open your Safari on a Mac device, and expand the menu bar to find the “Preference” option. It will take you to the different options such as “General,” “Tabs,” “Auto-Fill,” etc. options.

Step 2: Set a trusted homepage

Click on the “General” tab to expand it. From there, scroll down to find the “Homepage” button. Now, write the website address that you want to set as a trusted homepage. We recommend you set it to the “Apple Startpage,” as shown in the image below.

Set a trusted homepage in safari

Step 3: Remove unwanted extensions

From the “Preference” tab of Safari, go to the Extension button. It typically is on the rightmost corner, beside the ‘Advanced’ option. Click on the extension button to see all of your installed and permitted Safari extensions.

Remove unwanted extensions from safari

You should look for any extensions that you have installed recently, or that looks suspicious. If you are unsure, you can search on Google to find related extension lists. Once you find the suspicious extension, click and uninstall it.

Method 4: Change your default browser

Removing Yahoo Search adware or PUA from Safari takes multiple steps, such as removing installed extensions and cleaning cache, data, and history. If you are somehow unable to remove Yahoo Search from Safari, you can try changing your default browser.

You can set the default browser of your Mac to Google Chrome or Firefox. The steps to change default browser include the following ones:

Step 1:  Choose the General menu

From the Application folder, click and expand the Preferences menu bar. It will take you to all the folders under the preference menu for different changes.

Choose the General menu

As you click on the Preference menu and expand the General menu bar, you will find the “Default web browser” option.

Step 2: Choose your default browser

Click on the default web browser as it will take you to the drop-down menu. See the different browsers and select the one you prefer the most. You will find the following browsers for Mac:

  1. Mozilla Firefox
  2. Google Chrome
  3. Opera
  4. Safari, etc.
Choose your default browser

Even if your device is safe, we recommend you change the default browser from Safari to Chrome or Firefox. It’s crucial since, recently, users have complained about multiple bugs in the Safari browser. So, it’s better not to take risks for any bugs or PUA to ensure maximum security of your device.

Method 5: Remove unwanted and suspicious applications

Yahoo Search may be bundled with other unwanted or suspicious applications. Thus, when you install any new applications knowingly or unknowingly, the malware will get into the system. From there, it will extend its effect and slowly impact all folders and applications on your device.

Step 1: Go to the Activity Monitor option

Click on the “Finder” function of Mac, and from there, click and expand the “Go” menu. Scroll down to find the “Utilities” option. From there, you will find the Activity Monitor button.

Go to the Activity Monitor option

Step 2: Check and force stop suspicious activity

When you click on the Activity Monitor button, it will open all the processes on your device. There, check for any suspicious activity. You may see activities that you didn’t initiate.

Check and force stop suspicious activity

If so, click on its “Force Quit” button. It will force stop the unwanted and suspicious activity in Mac.

click on its Force Quit button

Step 3: Remove any unwanted applications

From the “Go” menu on your Mac device, scroll down to the “Applications” menu. It will open all the installed applications on the Mac device.

Remove any unwanted applications

Now, check all the installed applications carefully. If you find any suspicious application, specially installed recently, uninstall it immediately. Also, you should restart the Mac to complete the uninstallation procedure correctly.

Method 6: Remove unwanted folders and dubious items

Often, Yahoo Search PUA or adware will find its place in different folders or under launch items. From there, it will gradually attack other folders and browsers to hijack your Mac device.

So, you must check for any dubious items and folders recently created on your device. If you find suspicious launch items or folders, move them to the “Trash” folder and delete them forever.

Step 1: Open the Application Support option

First, go to your “Go to the folder” and there, type “~/Library/Application Support.” Click on the go menu to find the application folders.

Open the Application Support option

Step 2: Delete unwanted folders

As you reach the application folders, check each one carefully. You might find recently created folders that aren’t known to you. These apps and folders are easily recognizable as they aren’t connected to any Apple app or product.

A few of the common malware inflect folder names include the following ones:

  • SystemSpecial
  • IdeaShared
  • ProgressSite

If you find such folders, immediately move them to trash.

Delete unwanted folders

Step 3: Remove dubious Launch Agent items

At times, the malware may hide itself in the Launch Agent items. So, it will be active as soon as you start your Mac. Thankfully, you can find and remove them from the Launch Agent folder.

For this, in the “Go to the Folder” search button, type “~/Library/LaunchAgents” and click on the go button.

Remove dubious Launch Agent items

It will take you to the home directory, where you will find all the Launch Agent items. If you see any dodgy launch items there, move them to the trash folder. Also, delete the infected launch items permanently to ensure proper removal of the malware.

Remove dubious Launch Agent items 1

Similarly, you can look for files that the adware may have inflicted. For this, you should type “/Library/LaunchDaemons” in the device search bar. There, you might find any infected files that you must remove.

A few of the dubious file names may include the following ones:

If you find such file names, move them to the trash folder securely.

Method 7: Uninstall malicious browser extensions

In addition to Safari extensions, Yahoo Search may also install malicious extensions in other browsers, such as Google Chrome and Firefox. To remove these extensions:

  • Google Chrome: Open Chrome and go to chrome://extensions/. Click the Remove button next to any extensions that you don’t recognize.
  • Firefox: Open Firefox and go to the “about:addons” segment. Click on the Disable or Remove button next to any extensions if you find it dubious.

Tips to Keep Mac Safe from Malware and Virus

When any virus or malware like Yahoo Search inflicts your Mac, it can be annoying and cause you headaches. So, it’s fruitful to focus on preventing the virus attack than to try and remove it. Also, you must protect Mac from viruses to ensure your financial security.

  • Apple regularly releases security updates for macOS. The updates will work against the vulnerabilities that malware and viruses can exploit. So, you should enable the “Automatically keep my Mac up to date” function to get the updates.
  • Use a password manager to create and store strong, unique passwords. Also, use 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) as an extra layer of security for your accounts.
  • Only download software from trusted sources, such as the Mac App Store or the websites of reputable developers. We strongly discourage you from using free software as these are often the depot of malware.
  • Malware and viruses are mostly spread through malicious links in emails and on websites. So, never click on links and websites that you don’t find trusted and reputable.

You should also enable the Gatekeeper function. It will prevent you from installing unauthorized software. You should open System Preferences and click on the Security & Privacy button to enable the Gatekeeper option.

From there, go to the General tab to find the “Only allow apps downloaded from” option. Then, set it to “Mac App Store and identified developers.” Click confirm to save it.

If you’re looking for additional insights on removing unwanted browser hijackers from your Mac, make sure to check out our comprehensive guide on “How To Remove Search Marquis From Mac?”.


Yahoo Search on Mac is annoying and dangerous. Most importantly, it compromises device security and worsens your browsing experience. So, whenever you see its activity on Mac, immediately check for the installed browser, extension, files, and folders.

You should carefully clear browser data and history and remove dubious extensions. Also, remove any folder, file, and items that you aren’t familiar with. You should also install reputable antivirus software and scan your Mac to ensure 100% security.

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