Yahoo Toolbar (Removal Guide) - updated Feb 2021

Yahoo Toolbar Removal Guide

What is Yahoo Toolbar?

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 FortectIntego.

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 ToolbarYahoo Toolbar opens New Tab by Yahoo and provides links to different search providers

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 FortectIntego. 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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Getting rid of Yahoo Toolbar. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

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

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

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

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove 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.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Yahoo Toolbar registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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