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Remove Yahoo Toolbar (Removal Instructions) - updated Oct 2020

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Yahoo Toolbar may be misused by third-parties for aggressive advertising campaigns

Yahoo Toolbar on Firefox web browserYahoo Toolbar might become unwanted but is not a dangerous virus for your computer so it is up to you whether to keep it or to uninstall.

Yahoo Toolbar is NOT a virus. It is a browser add-on created by a well-known company Yahoo. However, it seems that there are lots of computer users who do not like having Yahoo toolbar on their computers.[1][2][3] As a result, it has been attributed to Yahoo Search virus group.

First of all, let us describe what this program is and what it's main purposes are. Yahoo! Toolbar is a browser add-on that works as a browser toolbar with a set of various functions. It can be used as a search tool, and also a program that provides quick access to Mail, Sport, Finance, Answers, News, and similar categories on its .com site.

Also, with the help of Yahoo Toolbar and New Tab, you can reach popular social media web pages, like Twitter and Facebook. All of these buttons and shortcuts can be customized, so you can add your favorite sites or remove some of them.

The main problem is that many people look for a way to remove Yahoo toolbar from their computers. After analyzing users’ feedbacks on this browser add-on, we have discovered that many computer users have added the toolbar to Mozilla Firefox browser unwillingly because of bundling.

What is more, many computer users complain that this toolbar does not function the way they want, or they are not satisfied with search results. Finally, by adding this application, you let Yahoo Toolbar access your browsing history, modify your bookmarks, access browser tabs, and even your data for its websites.

If you are one of the users who are not happy with this add-on and its capabilities, you can initiate Yahoo Toolbar removal on your computer without any problem. As we have already mentioned, it is a LEGITIMATE app that you can uninstall with the help of the instructions below.

IMPORTANT. After installing the Yahoo toolbar, you may notice Yahoo redirect problem. If your web browser acts oddly, or if you see annoying pop-up ads or banners appearing on your computer screen, it might be that you have installed a potentially unwanted program (alternatively known as a browser hijacker)[4] on your computer that you have to delete.

To prevent visiting completely different web pages that you expect, you should scan your computer with the help of anti-spyware software. Our recommended tool is ReimageIntego

Questions about Yahoo Toolbar

Yahoo Toolbar installerYahoo Toolbar is not a virus, though many users opt for its removal due to misleading distribution strategies

It's important to stress the fact that the Yahoo toolbar virus is not the correct term to describe the plug-in. It's a legitimate tool used by millions of netizens worldwide. However, cybersecurity experts keep revealing potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), mainly browser hijackers that use bundling strategy to inject the sponsored Yahoo search and Yahoo toolbar without asking for user's permission directly. 

As a consequence, people express dissatisfaction with the developer and start considering it to be involved in doubtful activities. Be aware that the toolbar is not malicious in its nature, though misused by criminals it may be programmed to display suspicious or even dangerous content on the web. In this case, Yahoo toolbar removal is required. 

Most likely Yahoo Toolbar has accessed your computer together with some other freeware installation

If you want to prevent the unauthorized installation of potentially unwanted programs and toolbars, you have to be very careful while installing freeware on your computer. It has been noticed that this program spreads in a bundle with GoPlayer, 7-Zip (compresses and combines files), Media Player by VideoBuzz (provides instant access to videos), Yahoo! Messenger and similar freeware.

This software distribution technique is called bundling because it is used to hide optional downloads in the program and, if you are not attentive enough while installing it, you may end up with the unwanted application.

To avoid installing unwanted programs on your PC or adding unwanted browser extensions to your Internet browser, we suggest that you opt for a Custom or Advanced installation option whenever you decide to install an app on your PC. Keep in mind that programs, even the most known ones, can be filled with optional software.

Screenshot of Yahoo Toolbar

In the meanwhile, Advanced and Custom installation options will provide a list of optional components and the only thing you will have to do is to untick the ones that you don't want. Opt these suggestions out to prevent installing unwanted programs!

It is not hard to uninstall the Yahoo Toolbar in case wanted

You can get rid of Yahoo toolbar manually because it is NOT a virus. To uninstall it properly, follow the removal steps that are given below this article. However, when performing, make sure you follow every part of the guide in the exact order. Besides, we also recommend removing all programs and add-ons related to Yahoo. This will guarantee a full Yahoo Toolbar removal and will prevent its reappearance. 

If you suspect that your computer is also infected with potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), we recommend you to scan your computer with anti-spyware software and double-check the entire system. If you choose wisely, the program will help you remove Yahoo toolbar with only one click. Do not forget to be careful when installing software on your computer and adjust installation settings in a proper way in order to avoid installing unwanted programs.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Yahoo Toolbar, follow these steps:

Delete Yahoo Toolbar from Windows systems

To uninstall Yahoo toolbar from Windows, double-check all your recently installed programs and uninstall the ones that are related to Yahoo company.

  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 Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for Yahoo Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 '' 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.

Get rid of Yahoo Toolbar from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Yahoo Toolbar from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Yahoo Toolbar-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 Toolbar, 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 Toolbar and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Yahoo Toolbar-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Yahoo Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Toolbar 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,
  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 Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Yahoo Toolbar from Microsoft Edge


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 Toolbar-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

Erase Yahoo Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To remove Yahoo Toolbar from Firefox, use the following guide. Make sure you carefully check all browser add-ons installed on the same day and remove the ones that look suspicious.

  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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Yahoo Toolbar from Google Chrome

  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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Yahoo Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar, 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 Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Naresh says:
    July 20th, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Hey guys i just made a video by followed above steps and then successfully removed yahoo toolbar

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