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How to Remove Yahoo Search from Chrome on PC and Phone

Search engines have driven the modern age of the Internet. They allow you to browse different pages, search for information, and even advertise to a group of audiences relevant to your business. But what if a search engine is too promotional?

That’s exactly the case with Yahoo Search, and if you too haven’t been able to get rid of it in Chrome, then here’s everything you need to know about it.

How to Change Your Default Search Engine in Chrome on PC

Here’s how you can change your default search engine.

Open ‘Chrome’ on your PC. You’ll know right away if Yahoo Search is your default search engine by looking at the search bar.

Type chrome://settings in the search bar at the top of your browser window and press “Enter” on your keyboard.

Click on ‘Search engine’. This option will be present on the left side of your browser window.

Click the drop-down arrow next to the “Search engine used in address bar” option.

Choose the search engine you want to set as your default search engine and click on it.

That’s it. Yahoo will no longer be your default search engine.

Related: How to Set Google Chrome as Default Browser on Windows 11

Can you remove Yahoo from the list of search engines?

Yes, you can now easily remove default search engines from Chrome. Chromium-based browsers had recently restricted removal of the default search engine in browsers, but were heavily criticized by users.

This led Chrome to restore functionality to remove search engines by default, but Microsoft seems to have stuck to its guns because you still can’t remove search engines from Edge.

Yahoo, Google, Duck Duck Go, and Bing are all among the default search engines in these browsers that cannot be permanently removed. However, you can disable them and change your default choice whenever necessary.

How to remove yahoo from search engine list

Open Chrome and visit the following address.

chrome://settings

Click on ‘Search Engine’ on your left.

Click on “Manage search engines and site search”.

Now scroll down and click on the “3 dots” menu icon next to the search engine you want to remove.

Click and select “Delete”.

The selected search engine will now be removed from Chrome.

Can’t change Yahoo as your default search engine? How to fix

If your default search engine keeps resetting to Yahoo then chances are you have installed some malicious extension or Yahoo has been set as your new tab page as well as search box search engine. Here is how you can check the same on your device and change the configuration according to your preference.

Method #01: Check your settings

Some malicious extensions modify your browser settings so that all your new tabs redirect to a certain webpage, in this case, Yahoo Search. You can check and undo the same to stop using Yahoo Search in your browser.

Additionally, chromium-based browsers like Edge and Chrome allow you to preset different search engines that will be used in your address bar and search box. In the case of Edge, you can currently only activate the default search engine in your search box. Your search box and address bar may also have been configured to use Yahoo Search. You can check and undo the same by following the steps below.

Open Chrome and type the following in your address bar and hit enter on your keyboard.

chrome://settings

Click ‘On startup’ on your left.

If “Open a specific page or set of pages” is selected on your right, that’s probably why you’re being redirected to Yahoo search every time you open a new tab page. Click and select “Continue where you left off” or “Open New Tab Page”.

Additionally, we recommend that you remove Yahoo as your default search engine using the guide at the top.

Method #02: Disable Extensions

We now recommend that you take a second look at your extensions and remove any that may be unverified and from dubious developers. Malicious extensions leveraging a recent exploit in Chrome are known to set the default search engine as Yahoo search. Follow the steps below to remove malicious extensions from Chrome on your PC.

Click on the “3 dots” menu icon in the upper right corner of your browser screen.

Hover your mouse cursor over “More Tools” and click “Extensions”.

Locate the suspicious extension and click ‘Remove’.

To note: One of your recently installed extensions is probably the malicious one. Older extensions and extensions from famous developers are probably not malicious.

You will see a pop-up window asking you to confirm the deletion. Click on ‘Delete’.

Yahoo automatically switches to your default search engine? How to fix

If Yahoo search is still your default search engine in the search box or address bar, here are some fixes you can try to resolve this error in Chrome.

Method #01: Reset Chrome to Default Settings

If all else fails, resetting Chrome is the solution. This will change all your default custom browser settings, disable all extensions, and delete cookies and temporary site data. If that sounds good to you, let’s see how you can reset your Chrome web browser.

Open ‘Chrome’ on your PC.

Type chrome://settings in the search bar at the top of your browser window and press “Enter” on your keyboard.

Click on the small drop-down arrow button next to the “Advanced” option. This option will be present on the left side of your browser window.

Click “Reset and Clean”.

Click on ‘Restore settings to their original defaults.

Click “Reset Settings”.

Method #02: Reset and Clean Chrome

Google Chrome is equipped with a cleanup feature that can be used for troubleshooting. Although not as effective as dedicated cleaning tools, it is advisable to use this feature at least once during your troubleshooting process. So, without further ado, let’s see how you can use Chrome’s built-in cleanup tool.

Open Chrome on your PC.

Type chrome://settings in the search bar at the top of your browser window and press “Enter” on your keyboard.

Click on the small drop-down arrow button next to the “Advanced” option. This option will be present on the left side of your browser window.

Click “Reset and Clean”.

Click on ‘Clean up computer’.

Wait for Chrome to complete the verification and be sure to track the results you get.

Related: How to Link to Your Highlighted Text on Chrome

How to change the default search engine on Android

Here’s how to change the default search engine on your mobile device. If Yahoo search is also used by default on your mobile device, this can help you solve this problem. It is highly likely that the malicious settings have also been applied to your mobile browser due to Google Chrome sync feature. Let’s start.

Open Google Chrome on your Android device and tap the “3 dots” menu icon on the top right corner of your screen.

Select ‘Settings’.

Now tap on “Search Engine”.

Select the search engine you want to use instead of Yahoo Search.

Once selected, go back and press ‘Homepage’.

If Yahoo search has been set as your home page, we recommend changing that as well.

Once done, restart Chrome on your device and Yahoo search should no longer be your default search engine in Chrome.

How to Change the Default Search Engine on iPhone and iPad

Open ‘Google Chrome’ on your phone.

Tap the 3-dot icon at the bottom left of your screen.

Tap “Settings”.

Tap “Default browser”.

Tap the search engine you want to set as the default search engine.

That’s it. Your default browser has now been changed to Yahoo.

We hope you were able to remove Yahoo search from Chrome easily using the guide above. If you have any other questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below.

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