Search.yahoo.com – What is it?
Recently a very deceptive redirect virus came in light named Search.yahoo.com, developed and distributed by Spigot Inc which looks like original Yahoo search engine. Spigot is a monetization platform that is best known for producing applications (like browser's malicious extension, toolbar, add-on, plug-in etc.) which have been flagged by AV Vendors and PC users as Adware, browser hijacker or 'potentially unwanted program'. Thus, its another creation -Search.yahoo.com browser extension has also been officially classified as a browser hijacker which get installed on your PC and make significant changes on almost all popular web browsers like Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer etc. Primarily, It has been designed to transfer endless Internet traffics to the sponsored site of advertisers in order to generate pay-per-click commission.
Attackers distribute the browser hijacker using a deceptive marketing method called 'bundling'. It is a method that allows installation of third-party applications and games together with regular legitimate/illegitimate programs. This is how, even popular web browsers are infiltrated without your awareness. Following successful program installation, the browser's newtab, homepage, and default search engine (provider) settings are assigned to deceptive page – Search.yahoo.com. This deceptive search toolbar is mostly bundled with software/games distributed on freeware downloads platforms like Cnet, Brothersoft etc.
How does Search.yahoo.com risk your privacy?
This browser hijacker use 'Cookies' and other tracking technologies like web beans in order to collect your credentials such as most searched keywords, most visited websites, products added in shopping cart, IP address, mailing address, mobile number, email and financial information, payment card numbers, bank account details, bookmarks, social account activities etc. They use these credentials to display the most relevant ads with existing offers. So that, you click on them without any doubt instantly. Ads sponsored by this hijacker may not be a legitimate products of claimed companies, they can low quality medical supplies, dieting & weight loss medicines, electronics devices, clothing and daily use products. Hence, you need to be very cautious. Furthermore, they might share your credentials with interested third-parties (advertisers or hackers), may create a number of troubles in your life. You social/email/bank account could be hacked and used to participate in illegal activities. Even, someone may try to blackmail you while keeping your sensitive data as hostage. Etc
Possible distribution method of Search.yahoo.com
By installing fake windows updates or freeware or software updates,
By clicking on advertising pop ups sponsored by third parties,
Through visiting online gaming website -playing game online on your browser,
Via Downloading files from Peer to Peer file sharing platforms like Torrents Networks,
Even, Through customized/strange installers/Downloaders,
By visiting Trojanised URL, Spamming sites, Phishing or Porn websites.
Therefore, we recommend you to remove Search.yahoo.com from your PC immediately by following the given instruction below. And to avoid being infected in future, keep a reliable Security software installed & up-to-date on your system.
Know How To Remove Search.yahoo.com Manually
Easy Search.yahoo.com Removal From Windows Registry
First of all You need to restart your PC in Safe Mode and for that you can follow the below given steps.
Step 1. Start your PC and Hold F8 Keyword for few Second.
Step 2. Here you will find a Black screen with different option and you need to Click on Safe Mode option. Now your PC will start in safe mode and you can easily perform required activity to remove Search.yahoo.com in convenient manner.
Step 3. Now you advised to hot “Windows + R” Keys at the same time.
Step 4. In this step you can find Run option where in the text box you have to type “regedit” and then click OK button.
Step 5. Here you need to either click on Edit option in Menu or press CTRL+F button on the keyboard.
Step 6. After that you only have to type the name of infection in the box and then press Find Next option.
Here you can find all entries created by Search.yahoo.com on your PC and some are listed below that you need to delete as soon as possible.
Now Clean Corrupted Web Browsers
Sometimes it happens that due to invasion of browser redirect virus like Search.yahoo.com some unwanted plug-ins or toolbars get attached with the browser that you have to remove first and then you can rest your web browsers to make its functionality as it was earlier. In this regard steps are give below, take a look:-
Step 1. Launch your browser and click on Menu option at the Top right corner of the window. From the drop down list you have to select More Tools option and then Extensions.
Step 2. In this page you can find all unknown extensions created by Search.yahoo.com on your browser that you only have to select and remove by pressing delete button at the side of the window.
Know How To Reset Your Homepage
Before doing it, you can check for any unwanted pages created by this hijacker on the browser and if so then delete it immediately, for that you can follow the steps
Step 1. Open your browser and choose setting option from the Top right Menu.
Step 2. Under the On Startup option, you need to pick Open a Specific Page to set of pages. After that choose Set Pages option. You can also remove any unknown pages created by this threat from here by simply selecting and clicking on “X” button. Finally press OK to save changes.
Step 3. In the Appearance option, click Open Homepage button and tap on Change link option.
Resetting of Web browser for complete Search.yahoo.com Removal
Step 1. Start the Web browser and go to Menu icon and choose Settings option.
Step 2. In this page users are advised to select Show Advance Settings option and then press Reset Browser Settings.
Step 3. At last you need to click Reset button again to confirm the action.
Quickly Remove Search.yahoo.com and other Malware program From Control Panel
Step 1. Firstly, open your PC and then pick Start menu and from there you can choose Control Panel from the available list.
Step 2. Here you need to select Programs and then pick Uninstall a Program.
Step 3. Here you will find complete list of installed program and applications. You only have to choose Search.yahoo.com those programs that you want to uninstall by pressing button at the top Menu.
Still having any problem in getting rid of Search.yahoo.com, or have any doubt regarding this, feel free to ask our experts.