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Remove Yahoo Toolbar (Removal Guide) - Sep 2019 update

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Yahoo Toolbar – a search tool that should be used with carefulness

Yahoo Toolbar on Firefox web browser

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 is this program and what its main purpose. Yahoo! Toolbar is a browser add-on which works as a browser toolbar with a set of various functions. This toolbar can be used as a Search tool, and also a program that provides a 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 there are many people wishing to remove Yahoo toolbar from their computers. After analyzing users’ feedback on this browser add-on, we have discovered that many computer users have added it 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. If after installing 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 a help of anti-spyware software. Our recommended tool is Reimage

Questions about Yahoo Toolbar

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

Distribution methods

If you want to prevent an 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 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.

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!

Ways to get rid of Yahoo Toolbar 

You can get rid of Yahoo toolbar manually because it is NOT a virus. To uninstall it properly, follow 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 can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they 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

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Yahoo Toolbar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate Yahoo Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Yahoo Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Yahoo Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Yahoo Toolbar from Microsoft Edge


Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Yahoo Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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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