How to Remove Yahoo Search From Safari Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to remove Yahoo Search from Safari on Mac. If you’re tired of Yahoo Search hijacking your browser and want to restore your default search engine, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of getting rid of Yahoo Search and regaining control over your Safari browser.

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences

The first step is to open the Safari Preferences window. To do this, click on the “Safari” menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Navigate to the “Search” Tab

In the Preferences window, click on the “Search” tab. This is where you can manage your default search engine settings.

Step 3: Choose a Different Search Engine

Under the “Search engine” section, you’ll see a dropdown menu with a list of available search engines. Click on this dropdown menu and select a search engine other than Yahoo (e.g., Google or Bing).

Note: Removing Yahoo Search from Suggestions

If you want to remove Yahoo Search suggestions that appear when typing in the address bar, uncheck the box next to “Include search engine suggestions.” This will prevent Safari from suggesting Yahoo Search as you type.

Step 4: Clear Website Data

To ensure that any traces of Yahoo Search are completely removed from your browsing history, it’s recommended to clear your website data. To do this, go back to the main Safari Preferences window and click on the “Privacy” tab. Then click on “Manage Website Data…” and remove any associated data related to Yahoo Search.

Step 5: Restart Safari

Once you have changed your default search engine and cleared website data, it’s time to restart Safari. Close the Preferences window and quit Safari. Then, relaunch Safari to apply the changes.

Step 6: Test Your New Search Engine

After restarting Safari, perform a search in the address bar or search field to test if your new default search engine is working correctly. You should no longer see Yahoo Search results.

Note: Removing Yahoo Search from Extensions

If you have any browser extensions related to Yahoo Search installed, it’s recommended to remove them as well. To do this, go back to the main Safari Preferences window and click on the “Extensions” tab. Locate any Yahoo-related extensions and click on the “Uninstall” button next to them.


You have successfully removed Yahoo Search from Safari on your Mac. Enjoy browsing with your preferred search engine once again!

Remember, it’s always a good idea to periodically check your browser settings and extensions to ensure unwanted changes like Yahoo Search don’t sneak in.

  • Tips:
  • If you’re unable to change your default search engine or if Yahoo Search keeps reappearing, make sure you don’t have any adware or malware affecting your browser. Run a scan with reputable antivirus software to detect and remove any malicious programs.
  • Additional Resources:
  • If you need further assistance or want more information about securing your Mac from unwanted software, visit Apple Support for detailed guides and troubleshooting steps.

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