Google searches redirect to Yahoo search? – Malware Removal Guide




Some users report that their Google Searches are being redirected to Yahoo Search, for instance to Yahoo Wajam Search. If you experience this redirect on your PC. The PC is most likely infected with an adware application. Adware such as Wajam, or Searchawesome is known to redirect Google search queries to Yahoo search. The Yahoo searches are monetized using in-text advertisements and the creators of these adware applications are using them to earn revenue. The adware is hijacking Google searches and redirects these to Yahoo search for revenue with advertisements. 

Google searches redirect to Yahoo search

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you can start looking for adware applications that are installed on your PC. However, this takes a lot of time and the adware is not fully removed. Adware acts like malware, malware is not easy to remove. Often a scheduled windows task or windows service is installed by the adware to remain undetected and reinstalled after manual removal. I, therefore, advise the user to scan with Malwarebytes free and remove the malware responsible for the Google to Yahoo redirect. Malwarebytes will detect the adware responsible for the Google redirect to Yahoo.

Remove Google redirect to Yahoo search with Malwarebytes

Get rid of Malware with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is free to use, detect and remove malware from your PC. Detect the latest adware, potentially unwanted programs and other malware  with Malwarebytes. Protect your PC with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes works perfectly in addition to a virusscanner.

Run the Malwarebytes program installation file. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.
Click Scan Now to start examining for malware.

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Malwarebytes will start searching for malware, please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the malware scan.
Malwarebytes usually takes between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.

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Once the malware scan is performed, Malwarebytes will present the results of the malware scan.
Remove the malware found by Malwarebytes using the Quarantine Selected button.

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Wait for Malwarebytes to move all malware to quarantine.

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Malwarebytes needs to make a system reboot to finish the malware removal process.
Save and close any working documents or open web pages and click Yes to reboot your PC.

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After the system reboot, your PC is clean from malware. Stay protected with Malwarebytes against future threats. Malwarebytes stops adware, potentially unwanted programs, malicious web pages, suspicious downloads, viruses, spyware and ransomware from infecting your machine.

Uninstall adware manually to get rid of the Google redirect to Yahoo search

Identify adware and uninstall the adware from your PC, see if this solves the Google redirect to Yahoo. We tested the adware and it did seem to redirect Google searches to Yahoo. The adware installed on our machine was the following, see image below. All applications marked in red are adware, these might be useful identify the adware application on your PC causing the Google to Yahoo redirect.

adware applications redirect google to yahoo



windows 10 uninstall adware

Windows 10 user
Right-click the Windows Start button. Click Apps and Features, scroll through the application list until you find the malicious application. Click Uninstall and follow uninstall instructions. Below you will find a list of known adware and potentially unwanted programs.

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Windows 8 uninstall malware

Windows 8 user
Right-click the Windows start button, click Control Panel and click Programs and Features.

Remove Malware Adware Potentially Unwanted Programs from Windows 8 or Windows 10

Uninstall Adware, Malware, Virus, Potentially Unwanted Program - Windows 7

Windows 7 user
Click the Start button in the left bottom corner, select Control Panel, select "Programs and Features".

Uninstall software from Windows 7

Check the installed applications list for recently installed malware applications.
Below you will find a summary of recently known adware and potentially unwanted programs for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.


SearchAwesome, MultiTimer version 1.0, ShutdownTime version 1.0, PC Speed UP Pro, System Healer, BlockAdsPro, FolderShare, ProxyGate, MiniCalc, Runbooster, Shadowsocks version 1.0, VidSquare, S5M, AnonymizerGadget, Toolbars (Mindspark, MyWay), Lightning, La Cie Public version 1.0, 1.0.0.1, Internet Speed Tester, WebDiscover Browser, NativeDesktopMediaService, System Table, Betterworld, SmartApp 1.00, PC Optimizer, PC Speedup 2018, PC Speedup 2017, Yeadesktop, Maxi Buy, One Sytem Care, YoutubeAdBlock, Yandex, Up Pro verified, Premieropinion, HDWallpaper, Chameleon Explorer Pro, WhiteClick, GeoSmartDNS, SuperSearch, {random-name} version 1.5

Select the software application from the list and click the Uninstall button.
Click the column "Installed On" to sort recently installed software applications by date, sorting the software applications by installation date makes it easier for you to detect recently installed applications.
If you don't know what to look or need help to remove the malicious software,

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Remove browser extension or reset the web browser to get rid of the Google redirect to Yahoo

Some browser extensions are malicious and redirect the web browser through Google to Yahoo search. In this instructions, you need to identify the browser extension and remove it from your web browser. You can also reset the web browser if the Google redirect remains, however, it most likely malware causing the Google to Yahoo redirect.

  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge

internet explorer Internet Explorer

In this first step for Internet Explorer, you have to verify if internet explorer is infected with a malicious add-on.

Remove add-on from Internet Explorer

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choose the wrench button, and from the menu click Manage add-ons.

Internet Explorer Extension Removal

Check the add-on list for any suspicious add-on in Internet Explorer, click disable or remove to delete the add-on.
Continue to the next step.

Reset your default Homepage and Search engine for Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has the possibility to reset to default, an Internet Explorer reset will affect your saved bookmarks and passwords.

Reset Internet Explorer

pick the wrench button and from the menu click Internet Options.

Reset Internet Explorer

Choose the Advanced tab, click the Reset button.

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Check Delete personal settings and click the Reset button.
Restart Internet Explorer to complete the reset.

Good, Internet Explorer is reset to the default configuration, it is important to know there are virus remnants on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove the virus files from your computer. Make sure the virus does not reinstall, and all remnants are removed from your PC.

google chrome Google Chrome

In this first step for Chrome, you need to identify and remove any browser extension.
If you didn't install any browser extension at all, remove all browser extensions from Chrome.

Remove extension from Google Chrome

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Click the menu button, from the Chrome menu click More tools and then Extensions.

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Identify browser extension(s) from the list and click the Remove button to remove the extension.
If you are unsure if the extension is malicious, click the slider and disable the extension first. Continue to the next step.

Reset the Google Chrome profile sync

Google Chrome synchronizes the browsers user-profile with the Google Cloud services. If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware, usually browser extensions, the homepage and search engine settings are synced with Google's servers.
It is important to clean this synchronized cache. If the user doesn't clear the synchronized settings, the adware, browser extension and settings keep coming back on any devices the Chrome user profile is synchronized with.

Open the Google Dashboard (opens in a new browser window). Click the Reset sync button to clear all of your synced data on Google's server, confirm with OK.

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Continue to the next step.

Reset the Google Chrome homepage and search engine settings

Chrome has the option to reset to default settings, a Chrome browser reset will not affect your saved bookmarks and passwords.

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Click the menu button, from the drop-down menu click Settings.

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Scroll down to Advanced and again scroll down to Reset settings.

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Click the Reset button to reset Google Chrome.

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Confirm the reset of the Chrome web-browser by clicking the Reset button.
Restart Google Chrome for the changes to take effect.

Google Chrome is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall and the malware is entirely removed from your PC.

 firefoxFirefox

In this first step for Firefox, you need to identify and remove any Firefox add-on that is unknown to you.
If you didn't install any add-on at all, remove all add-ons from Firefox.

Remove add-on from Firefox

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Click the Firefox menu button, from the drop-down menu click Add-ons.

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Click extensions from the left menu. Identify any unknown Firefox browser extension.
Click the Remove button to delete the extension.

Reset the Firefox homepage and search engine settings

Firefox has the option to reset to default settings, this will reset Firefox completely.

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Click the menu button, from the menu, select Help ? (the question mark icon, at the end of the menu).

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Click on Troubleshooting information from the Help menu.

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select the Refresh Firefox button, confirm the reset and restart Firefox.

The Firefox browser is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall and the malware is entirely removed from the Firefox web-browser and PC.

 microsoft edgeMicrosoft Edge

If you encounter problems with Microsoft Edge, follow these instructions.

reset microsoft edge - apps and features

Right-click the start button in Windows 10, from the start menu top click Apps and Features.

reset microsoft edge - advanced options

Scroll down through the right Apps and Features list till you see Microsoft Edge, click Advanced options.

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Click on the Reset button to reset Microsoft Edge to default settings. Microsoft Edge reset will clear the browsing history, cookies, and settings. Not the Microsoft Edge favorites web pages.

The Microsoft Edge web-browser is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall and the malware is entirely removed from the Microsoft Edge web-browser and PC.

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