- If your search engine keeps changing to Yahoo, it may be due to the browser hijacker virus.
- Hackers use Yahoo search redirect virus to earn revenue from Yahoo clicks.
- To get rid of Yahoo virus, reset your browser settings for Chrome, Safari or Firefox.
Although Yahoo is a legitimate search engine, if it is not your favorite site, it can be frustrating to see it constantly appearing every time you open your Internet browser.
In fact, if your search engine keeps switching to Yahoo, it may be due to a browser hijacker virus. And even though it sounds scary, there is actually a simple solution. Here’s how to get rid of it.
What is a browser hijacker virus?
A browser hijacker virus is a piece of malicious code that changes your browser settings behind your back. By hijacking your browser, the virus redirects you – without your permission – to often malicious websites.
In addition to this, a browser hijacker virus is also used to infect your computer with other types of malware. For example, it can install spyware on your computer behind the scenes, allowing the hacker monitoring the malware to steal your personal and financial information.
If Your Default Search Engine Suddenly Changes to Yahoo, Your Computer May Have Malware
This issue can most likely be attributed to malware, specifically Yahoo Search Redirect Virus. This virus works by quickly redirecting your browser to an intermediary site (or sometimes to several sites) and then dropping you on the Yahoo site.
Any revenue then generated through clicks on Yahoo will redirect a portion of the revenue to these intermediary sites. The hackers responsible for the virus also use it to collect your data and track your internet activity.
So it’s not Yahoo’s fault, but it’s a problem you need to fix. You don’t want to be forced into using Yahoo by malware that can track you and potentially harm your computer.
Your system can contract the redirect malware in several ways, but the solution is the same for most browsers: reset your browser settings.
How to Reset Safari Browser Settings
How to Reset Safari Browser Settings
1. Click on Safari in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
2. In the menu, click Preferences.
3. Select the Advanced tab – the option that looks like two speeds.
4. Make sure the Show Develop menu in menu bar box is checked.
5. Click on Develop in the menu bar, then select Empty caches.
6. Click History in the menu bar, then select Clear story.
seven. In the pop-up window, click the drop-down menu next to Clear and select a period – between the last hour, today, today and yesterdayand all the story. Then click Clear story.
8. Return to Safari Preferences.
9. Select the Privacy tab – the option that looks like a hand.
ten. Click on Manage website data.
11. In the pop-up window, click remove all.
Now restart Safari and you should be good to go.
How to Reset Chrome Browser Settings
1. Open Chrome on your computer.
2. Click it plus icon – the three vertical dots – in the upper right corner of the browser window.
3. Click on Settings in the menu.
4. In the left menu, click Reset and Clean.
5. In the right panel, click Restore settings to their original defaults.
6. Click on Reset options in the pop-up window to confirm.
How to Reset Firefox Browser Settings
1. Open Firefox on your computer.
2. Click it hamburger menu – the three horizontal lines that look like a hamburger – in the upper right corner of the browser window.
3. In the menu, click To help so what More troubleshooting information.
4. Click it Refresh Firefox button.
5. In the pop-up window, click Refresh Firefox to confirm.
Your browser should now be free of any malicious add-ons.