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Remove Yahoo Powered (Removal Guide) - Oct 2020 update

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Yahoo Powered – a potentially unwanted program that seeks to change your browsing habits

Yahoo Powered

Yahoo Powered is a browser add-on[1] that changes default search engine and a homepage to us.search.yahoo.com. Usually, it spreads with the help of various free programs and might get inside the system unnoticed. Due to this feature and ability to alter browser’s settings, this extension is known as a browser hijacker and sometimes even referred to as Yahoo search virus

Since Yahoo Powered search hijack might occur behind users' backs, many are trying to investigate the app further. Unexpected redirects to Yahoo, in general, are most commonly related to potentially unwanted applications that also collect user information for marketing and targeted advertising purposes. If you found this extension on your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, or another web browser seemingly out of nowhere, we suggest you remove Yahoo Powered by following the guide provided below.

Name Yahoo! Powered
Type Browser add-on, also categorized as a potentially unwanted program or a browser hijacker
Distribution Most users install browser hijackers unintentionally during the installation of freeware acquired from third-party websites. Alternatively, they might install the PUP intentionally or after seeing a misleading/fake advertisement
Affected systems Windows, macOS
Main issues Redirects to Yahoo Search and other websites, continuous pop-up ads
Elimination You can uninstall a browser extension by right-clicking on it. If the process does not succeed, you should scan your device with anti-malware or check for programs that might be installed on your system with the help of our manual removal guide
Further action In case you still see ads after getting rid of unwanted programs, you can try to reset the used browser and see if that helps. Besides, we highly recommend to use a PC repair utility ReimageIntego for best results 

One of the first tasks this program initiates on the affected computer is changing the browser’s settings and setting the needed ones instead. Yahoo Powered virus typically alters search provider to Yahoo and sets the following address as the default homepage:

https://us.search.yahoo.com/yhs/web?hspart=iry&hsimp=yhs-fullyhosted_003&type=wbf_ir_17_16¶m1=1¶m2=

Besides, victims may notice changes in their new tab page and browser shortcuts. These changes can cause one of the main problems related to this questionable search tool – the inability to get rid of Yahoo Powered with the help of traditional methods.

Yahoo is a safe search tool. However, when it is exploited by a browser hijacker, some problems might occur, such as redirect issues. The PUP is capable of controlling a user’s behavior online. Thus, it can not only force you to use Yahoo search but trick you into visiting other third-party websites too. For instance, the top of the search results will always be filled with sponsored links, which prompts most of the users to click on Yahoo Powered ads.

Keep in mind that PUP developers often rely on these services to drive visitors' traffic to their domains. As a result, you might get infected with another PUP or even malware. If you do not want to become another victim of cybercrime,[2] you should uninstall Yahoo Powered from your computer.

Yahoo Powered hijackYahoo! Powered is the browser extension that might sneak inside the system unnoticed.

Another negative trait of Yahoo Powered is its information gathering practices. Most browser hijackers monetize on ad revenue, so collecting user information that would serve relevant ads is in developers' best interests. In most cases, a variety of non-personally-identifiable data is collected (although some PUPs also collect personal details as well), including, but not limited to:

  • IP address
  • Geolocation
  • Technical browser and device data
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Websites visited
  • Links clicked and ads interacted with
  • Search terms, etc.

While Yahoo search provider is legitimate, a browser hijacker has nothing to do with it, so we recommend using an anti-malware program for Yahoo Powered removal. Anti-malware tools that have the PUP detection feature can quickly identify and remove this shady browser add-on with all its components. However, if you are looking for a manual removal solution, you can find it at the end of the article.

Note: if you found a browser hijacker on your system, there is a chance that your machine is infected with more nefarious programs. Therefore, we highly recommend you perform scans with anti-malware and ReimageIntego after every infection that you encounter.

Distribution of the add-on

Yahoo! Powered extension is advertised in software bundles. It means you can find this add-on offered to download when you install various free programs, such as video players or PDF converters. This distribution method is legit, but tricky because users have to monitor the installation process to find additional apps.

According to bedynet.ru[3] researchers, the majority of computer users do not install software correctly. They rely on Quick/Standard settings that do not openly disclose about additional apps and usually install them without asking permission.

Yahoo Powered PUPYahoo Powered can be spread via software bundle packages, which often results in unintentional installation

In order to avoid the system's hijack and similar PUPs, users have to get used to Advanced/Custom installation and monitor the process. If you see “optional downloads,” reject their installation by removing ticks.

Uninstall Yahoo Powered from Chrome, Firefox, and other web browsers

If you access your browser’s settings, you should find an unwanted extension installed. To remove Yahoo Powered, you should right-click on it and select uninstall. While there, you should check for other unwanted programs that might have been installed behind your back as well. The final step in this procedure is resetting web browsers to their primary state, although this is optional if elimination process was successful.

However, Yahoo Powered removal might not be as simple. The potentially unwanted program might change your registry or install related components that protect itself from elimination. Thus, uninstalling add-on might not be enough. After restarting PC, it might appear on the browser again.

Therefore, if you want to remove Yahoo Powered manually, you should follow the guidelines presented below. It will show all the secret places where the hijacker-related components might hide.

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To remove Yahoo Powered, follow these steps:

Uninstall Yahoo Powered from Windows systems

To uninstall this app from Windows, follow these guidelines attentively:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Yahoo Powered and related programs
    Here, look for Yahoo Powered or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Yahoo Powered from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Erase Yahoo Powered from Mac OS X system

To uninstall Yahoo Powered from Mac, use steps given below:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Yahoo Powered from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Yahoo Powered-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Yahoo Powered, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Yahoo Powered and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Yahoo Powered-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Yahoo Powered from Internet Explorer (IE)

To fix Internet Explorer, reset the browser:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Yahoo Powered and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Yahoo Powered removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Yahoo Powered from Microsoft Edge

Follow the steps below to get rid of all components that might be related to the browser hijacker:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Yahoo Powered-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate Yahoo Powered from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To get rid of the virus from Firefox, uninstall unwanted extensions and reset the browser.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Yahoo Powered and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Yahoo Powered removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Yahoo Powered from Google Chrome

Remove Yahoo! Powered from Google Chrome and reset the browser as shown below:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Yahoo Powered and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Yahoo Powered removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Yahoo Powered from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Yahoo Powered or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Yahoo Powered, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Yahoo Powered removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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