How to get rid of Yahoo unwanted Search engine (Full guide)

Remove Yahoo search engine from Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari (Mac)? The Yahoo search engine is a legitimate search engine. However, this search.yahoo.com search engine is installed by several types of adware software. Moreover, Yahoo is often installed without the user’s knowledge. Why?

Yahoo, like Google, uses ads to generate revenue. Yahoo allows advertisers to purchase ad space. This Yahoo ad space is filled once a user performs a specific search that includes the buyer’s keywords.

If the user’s keywords match the advertiser’s purchase, then the ad space in the Yahoo search engine is filled.

The ultimate reason specific software replaces the search engine in the web browser to Yahoo is the advertising space. When the Yahoo user (you probably) clicks on one of the ads displayed between the Yahoo search results, money is made for the developer of the software that installed the Yahoo search engine in your web browser. Unfortunately, the installation of the Yahoo search engine in the web browser is done without the user’s consent.

Yahoo publisher advertisements

The computer user usually does not notice the Yahoo search engine until searches from the address bar in the web browser are performed.

The browser then redirects the user’s search to Yahoo Search or (“search.yahoo.com”).

Or, you have installed Yahoo yourself and simply want to replace Yahoo with another search engine such as Google, DuckDuckGo, or Bing.

How to Remove Yahoo search engine

How to remove Yahoo search engine from browser? I will give you several tips to remove Yahoo as a search engine in your web browser in this instruction.

In addition to removing Yahoo, it is also advisable to check your computer for an adware program. Yahoo is regularly installed by adware without the computer user’s knowledge.

Uninstall Yahoo from Google Chrome

uninstall Yahoo browser extension

Open the Google Chrome browser. In the menu (top right three vertical dots) open More tools and then Extensions.

More tools extensions in Google Chrome

Check the installed browser extensions.

Make sure you check all browser extensions. Click on the Details button to display the permissions of the browser extension. This way, you can check if a browser extension replaces your web browser’s home page or redirects browser searches via the Yahoo search engine.

If you are unsure, disable all browser extensions by clicking on the blue slider right next to the delete button. If you have found the browser extension, then click on Remove.

Proceed to the next step.

uninstall yahoo search extension

Change Yahoo search engine in Google Chrome

Go back to the Google Chrome settings. Then, click on Manage search engines in the “Search Engine” section.

Manage search engines in Google Chrome

Under default search engines, click on the three vertical dots next to the search engine Google, click on Set as default.

Make Google default search engine in Google Chrome

Similarly, click on Yahoo! UK (for example) and select remove from the list.

Return to the Google Chrome settings. Then, change the setting in the search engine menu: The search engine used in the address bar to Google instead of Yahoo.

Change search engine used in the address bar from Yahoo to Google

If all goes well, Yahoo has now been removed from Google Chrome. However, suppose you are still bothered by Yahoo in Google Chrome. In that case, I recommend checking the computer for adware with Malwarebytes for free.

Remove Yahoo from Firefox

Uninstall Yahoo add-on

Open the Firefox browser. In the browser’s address bar, type the following: about:addons. The add-ons settings in Firefox will now open.

Check the installed add-ons. Make sure you check all Firefox add-ons. Then, click on Details to display the permissions of the add-on. This way, you can check if an add-on replaces your Firefox home page or redirects the browser via the Yahoo search engine.

If you are unsure, disable all add-ons in Firefox by clicking the blue slider to the right of remove. For example, click remove when you have found the add-on responsible for Yahoo in Firefox.

remove yahoo addon from Firefox browser

Remove Yahoo search engine in Firefox

In the Firefox menu, click Options or type the following into the Firefox address bar: about:preferences. The Firefox settings will now open.

On the left side of the menu, click Search and Change the default search engine to Google instead of Yahoo.

Change default search engine in Firefox to Google instead of Yahoo

Navigate down a bit to Search shortcuts. For example, select Yahoo (if it appears in the list) and click remove.

Remove yahoo from search shortcuts in Firefox

On the left side of the menu, click Home. Change the home page and new window to the Firefox home page (default) or a custom URL.

If an add-on manages the home page and new tab (see image) disable this add-on.

Change firefox homepage to firefox home of custom url

Suppose you are still suffering from Yahoo in Firefox. In that case, I recommend checking your computer for adware with Malwarebytes for free.

Remove Yahoo from Microsoft Edge

Uninstall Yahoo extension

Open the Microsoft Edge browser. In the browser’s address bar, type the following: edge:extensions. The extension settings in Edge will now open.

Check the installed extensions. Make sure you check all Microsoft Edge extensions. Then, click on Details to display the permissions of the extension. This way, you can check if an extension replaces the Edge home page or redirects the browser via the Yahoo search engine.

If you are unsure, disable all extensions in Microsoft Edge by clicking the blue slider to the right of remove. For example, click remove when you have found the extension responsible for Yahoo in Edge.

remove yahoo extension from microsoft edge

Remove Yahoo Search engine in Microsoft Edge

Next, we need to remove the search engine in Microsoft Edge. In the address bar type: edge://settings/startHomeNTP

Make sure to change the home page to a new tab and change the home button to a new tab. If an extension is controlling the setting, turn it off.

change yahoo search engine in microsoft edge

Suppose you are still suffering from Yahoo in Microsoft edge. In that case, I recommend checking your computer for adware with Malwarebytes for free.

Remove Yahoo from Safari (Mac)

Uninstall Yahoo extension in Safari

Open the Safari browser. Click on Safari in the top left corner and click on Preferences in the menu, then click on the extensions tab.

Check all extensions and disable extensions were necessary to check if they set Yahoo search engine in Safari on your Mac.

Uninstall Safari extension

Change Yahoo home page in Safari (Mac)

Go to the General tab. Change the start page to a start page of your choice, not Yahoo.

Change Safari homepage

Remove Yahoo search engine in Safari (Mac)

Go to the Search tab. Change the Search Engine from Yahoo to Google or another search engine.

remove yahoo search provider in Safari

Suppose you are still bothered by Yahoo in the Safari browser. In that case, I recommend you check your Mac for adware with Malwarebytes for Mac.

I hope you succeeded in removing the unwanted Yahoo search engine from the browser. Thank you for reading!

Also read: How to uninstall Bing from Google Chrome.

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