Remove Yahoo Toolbar and (Removal Guide)

Yahoo offers a toolbar and search engine, which are promoted via other free downloads, and once installed on your computer, it will add the Yahoo Toolbar and  change your default search engine to Yahoo Search (
Yahoo Search will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries.
[Image: Yahoo Search virus]
Yahoo Search got on your computer after you have installed another free software or add-on that had bundled into their installer this program.
For example, when you install vPlay, you will also agree to change your default browser home page and default search engine to, and install the Yahoo Toolbar.
However, when you uninstall vPlay from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Yahoo Search from your favorite web browser manually.
[Image: Yahoo Toolbar virus]
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove Yahoo Toolbar and hijack (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Yahoo Toolbar and from your computer and any other adware program that may have been installed during the setup process.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.

STEP 1: Uninstall Yahoo program from Windows
STEP 2: Remove Yahoo Toolbar and redirect with AdwCleaner
STEP 3: Remove Yahoo Toolbar and browse hijacker Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 4: Remove Yahoo Toolbar and virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the “Yahoo Toolbar and” malware with HitmanPro
(Optional) STEP 6: Remove Yahoo Toolbar and from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

If you are using an Apple Mac OS X operating system, please follow this Remove virus from Apple Mac OS X (Pop-up Ads and Adware) guide to remove Yahoo Toolbar and pop-up ads

STEP 1 : Uninstall Yahoo program from Windows

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall program from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the “Start” button, then click on the “Control Panel” menu option.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows Start Menu]
    If you are using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner and choose “Control Panel” from the pop-up menu. Or simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel
    Windows 8 Control Panel
  2. When the “Control Panel” window opens click on the “Uninstall a program” option under “Programs” category.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  3. When the “Programs and Features” or the “Uninstall a Program” screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall Yahoo Toolbar, Search Protection or Yahoo Software Updater and any program from Yahoo, Spigot or Mindspark Interactive Network.
    The malicious program may have a different name on your computer. To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your program by the installation date. Scroll through the list, and uninstall any unwanted or unknown programs.

    If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the Yahoo Toolbar and program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.

    Remove Yahoo Toolbar and from Windows
    If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step.

STEP 2: Remove Yahoo Toolbar and redirect with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web browser for the Yahoo Toolbar and malicious files, browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will download “AdwCleaner” on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    Start AdwCleaner
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “Scan” button as shown below.
    AdwCleaner Scan button
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for the “Yahoo Toolbar and” malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the “Yahoo Toolbar and” malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.
    Remove Yahoo Toolbar and with AdwCleaner
  5. AdwCleaner will prompt you to save any open files or documents, as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
    AdwCleaner removing adware

STEP 3: Remove Yahoo Toolbar and browse hijacker Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove Yahoo Toolbar and any malicious browser extensions from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome, and also check your computer other malicious software.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    Start Junkware Removal Tool scanner
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the Yahoo Toolbar and virus.
    Junkware Removal Tool scanning for Yahoo Toolbar and
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    Junkware Removal Tool removing malware

STEP 4: Remove Yahoo Toolbar and virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free”)
  2. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    Start Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup
    Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  3. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Installer
    To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final screen
  4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Scan Now” button.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Scan Now
  5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the Yahoo Toolbar and virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Scanning for Malware
  6. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Remove Seletected” button.
    Remove the malware that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected
    Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
  7. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware asking to restart PC
    After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats

STEP 5: Double-check for the “Yahoo Toolbar and” malware infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti-virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “HitmanPro”)
  2. Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    HitmanPro Installer
    Click on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    itmanPro while installing on PC
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Yahoo Toolbar and malicious files.
    HitmanPro scanning
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove Yahoo Toolbar and virus.
    HitmanPro detected malware
  5. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    Remove malware with HitmanPro

(Optional) STEP 6: Remove Yahoo Toolbar and from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

If you are still experiencing issues with the Yahoo Toolbar and browser hijacker in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, we will need to reset your browser to its default settings. This step needs to be performed only if your issues have not been solved by the previous steps.

Reset Internet Explorer

You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the “gear iconIE Icon Gear in the upper right part of your browser, then click again on Internet Options.
    [Image: Internet Options in Internet Explorer]
  2. In the “Internet Options” dialog box, click on the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer]
  3. In the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” section, select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer to its default settings]
  4. When Internet Explorer has completed its task, click on the “Close” button in the confirmation dialogue box. You will now  need to close your browser, and then you can open Internet Explorer again.
    [Image Reset Internet Explorer settings]

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If you’re having problems with Firefox, resetting it can help. The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill information, browsing history and open tabs.

  1. In the upper-right corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu button ([Image: Firefox Menu button]), then click on the “Help” ([Image: Firefox Help button]) button.
    [Image: Click on the Menu button then Help]
  2. From the Help menu, choose Troubleshooting Information.
    If you’re unable to access the Help menu, type about:support in your address bar to bring up the Troubleshooting information page.
    [Image: Troubleshooting Information in Firefox]
  3. Click the “Reset Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.
    [Image: Reset Firefox to its default settings]
  4. To continue, click on the “Reset Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
    [Image: Click on the Reset Firefox button]
  5. Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.

Note: Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “Old Firefox Data“. If the reset didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.

Reset Google Chrome

  1. Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines ([Image: Chrome's main menu button]) .When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.
    [Image: Click on Settings button]
  2. Chrome’s Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Show advanced settings link (as seen in the below example).
    [Image: Click on Show advanced settings link]
  3. Chrome’s advanced Settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Reset browser settings section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the Reset browser settings button.
    [Image: Click on Reset browser button]
  4. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, click on the Reset button.
    [Image: Click on Reset button to restore Chrome to default settings]
Your computer should now be free of the Yahoo Search browser hijacker.
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  • Caette

    I could not find anything related to yahoo so as recommended, I uninstalled the most recent install. It was Adobe Reader. The yahoo toolbar was gone immediately!

  • trish

    This was wonderful and solved all my virus and malware problems…thank you so much for your helpful information !! ~ Trish

  • Michelle Collins

    I’m really tired & wasn’t paying close attention when I downloaded something “too good to be true” & it WAS cuz it gave me that blasted yahoo disease. After 2 hours I came here & 15 minutes later I’m cured. I’d kiss ya but I think it’s like the flu so I’ll just blow a kiss to ya. Thanks!!

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  • Pete

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I’ve finally managed to get rid of that sodding yahoo software. It’s like shite on your shoe, you just can’t get rid of it. A brilliant article with step by step instructions. that made sense and really worked. I really appreciate all your hard work. I’m just glad that I found your article. Cheers.

  • loveaz

    Thank you! Yahoo toolbar. Gone! Now if I could only get rid of the Iplay toolbar I would be really happy.

  • Dallas

    Thank you so much! It finally got rid of that annoying piece of malware and it finally happened after I ran Emsisoft. I know it’s my fault I got this malware in the first place trying to rush thru a download. Your software also saved me years ago when I got a particularly nasty one ‘x’ing out of popup ads. So I could use some clarification. If I got the paid version does it include some of these other applications you pointed to for cleanup? I’m trying to figure out what I need and what I don’t. I’ve got a malware program but it’s not doing a very good job and wondering if I should uninstall it. I’ve been running Advanced System Care which has a malware component to it. Thanks!

  • Kevin Voigt

    Followed step by step and the last step with hitmanpro … during the scan seeing yahoo toolbar pop up with ‘delete’ as an option … made me giggle and made my week.
    Skip the other ‘remedies’, this one works very well and strips the layers away to get to the real problem and solve it. Great write-up, thank you bunces!

  • Telmoss

    Thanks for your very well explained procedure, I did it all the steps and Explorer and Firefox were fine. Chrome still displayed the dreaded Yahoo Toolbar. So I uninstalled Chrome and reinstalled it. Touch wood (I am not he slightest superstitious) all is working fine.

  • Paul Winkler

    I tried every one of these steps, and a few others recommended by other forums. I also reset Firefox and Chrome to their factory conditions. Then I opened the browser again – Yahoo is still the default search engine. Nothing worked.

    I guess Yahoo has been hard at work outwitting everyone, because it is still hijacking Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chromium on my system.

    I would pay handsomely if anyone would write some software to root this crap out of my computer.

    Failing that I’ll fly to Yahoo’s headquarters at 701 1st Ave, Sunnyvale, CA and help burn down the damned place! Who’s with me?

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  • Miki Nyckel

    Thank you! I’ve been trying to remove that bugger for a few weeks now. I am fully aware that I accidently clicked on an install for it (you know, one of those sneaky ones that makes you think you’re accepting the terms for your download if you don’t read carefully enough. I was too quick and clicked accept. Doh!) ADW worked great :) Much appreciated!!

  • Simon Ng

    Thanks Stelian, works like a charm. :)

  • Random Guy

    At first I always doubt such blogs, since mostly they are some sort of product advertisements. However this turned out to be different and worked really fine. I hardly found any remnants left on my computer from suggested tools.

  • Titmouse

    It worked, thank you!

  • punky215

    So far, so good. Thank you!

  • NG

    Thank you very much, nice clear instruction.

  • Rusty

    Great tips work the very first time.
    Thanks Very Much.

  • Jan

    Thanks so much! Worked like a charm!!!!


    thankyou! the reset firefox step worked a treat to remove those arrogant little f***ers at yahoo

  • thankfull

    Massive help. spent so long trying to get this off my computer, nothing seemed to work. Thanks heaps man, your a champ.

  • omnia

    thanks it was more helpful than the stuiped help of Firefox

  • Peggy

    Thank you so much! This has helped tremendously!!

  • Sanjay

    Thank you!!! really helped. Nasty yahoo stuck its toolbar and no matter what I tried, couldnt get it out. Really no better than a virus!

  • KCanfield

    I so hope this works!

  • Kathryn

    Thanks it really helped a lot.

  • Nick