How to Get Rid of Yahoo Search on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of Yahoo Search constantly popping up on your Mac? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Many users have experienced the frustration of having their default search engine unexpectedly changed to Yahoo. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to get rid of Yahoo Search on your Mac once and for all.

Step 1: Accessing Safari Preferences

To begin, open Safari, the default browser on your Mac. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut “Command + ,” (comma) to directly access Safari Preferences.

Step 2: Changing Default Search Engine

In the Preferences window that appears, navigate to the “Search” tab. You will see a drop-down menu labeled “Search engine”.

Click on it and select a search engine of your choice. If you want to revert back to the default search engine that came with Safari, choose “Google” from the list.

Note:

If you do not see Google or your preferred search engine in the list, it may require additional steps to add it. You can refer to our separate tutorial on how to add custom search engines in Safari.

Step 3: Removing Yahoo Search from Extensions

Sometimes Yahoo Search can be persistent even after changing your default search engine in Safari Preferences. To ensure complete removal, go back to Safari Preferences and click on the “Extensions” tab.

  • Tip: Use Command + , shortcut for quicker access.

Look for any extensions related to Yahoo or suspicious ones that you don’t remember installing. Select each one individually and click on the “Uninstall” button to remove them.

Note:

Be cautious while removing extensions and only uninstall those that you are certain are unwanted or malicious. Removing essential extensions can affect the functionality of certain websites or applications.

Step 4: Clearing Safari History and Website Data

To further ensure that Yahoo Search is completely eradicated from your Mac, it is recommended to clear your Safari history and website data. To do this, go back to Safari Preferences and click on the “Privacy” tab.

  • Tip: Use Command + , for quicker access.

Click on the “Manage Website Data” button, and then select “Remove All” to delete all stored website data from Safari. This process will log you out of any websites you are currently signed in to.

Step 5: Restarting Your Mac

After completing the above steps, it’s a good idea to restart your Mac. This will ensure that any remaining traces of Yahoo Search are completely removed from your system.

Conclusion

By following these simple steps, you can finally bid farewell to Yahoo Search on your Mac. Remember to regularly check your browser settings and extensions to prevent unwanted changes in the future.

Enjoy a hassle-free browsing experience with your preferred search engine!

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