5 Ways to Stop Safari’s Search Engine From Changing to Yahoo

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The Apple Safari browser is a great way to browse the web on your iPhone or iPad. However, there are many things that can go wrong with this app, including a bug that causes Safari’s search engine to change to Yahoo instead of your preferred search engine.

Safari’s built-in search engine is Google by default. If you are not getting redirected to your preferred search engine, it can be annoying. The problem not only happens to Safari but other browsers switch to Yahoo too.

This is because you have to go into the settings menu and change it back every time you open up Safari. Whereas Yahoo is also a great search engine, everyone has preferences on what works for them.

Quick Tip:

Avoiding this problem and remaining on the default search engine is possible if you use a different browser.

The unique keyword system in Opera allows you to use a custom search engine for a query without changing the default search engine. Furthermore, it is very lightweight, and with the free VPN, you can be confident that you will not be attacked by any spyware that could hijack your browsing.

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Why does my browser keep switching to Yahoo? 

Some of the common causes why your browser is redirecting you to Yahoo include:

  • Adware programs – An adware program may have found its way onto your computer. Usually, they are pre-installed and can be downloaded in other cases. They’re often very sneaky and hard to get rid of.
  • Malicious extension – If your browser is automatically switching to Yahoo search, it’s possible you have installed a toolbar or extension that overrides your default search engine.
  • Fake/unknown profiles – Fake profiles are designed in such a way that they can be used to steal your personal information, thus making it easy for them to hack into your account and modify your settings.

At some point, you may be wondering: Is Yahoo Redirect a virus?  Yahoo Redirect is a browser hijacker that acts as an adware program.

It is an unwanted program that can take control of your computer without your consent. While it may not be harmful, you need to be cautious especially if you are not sure of its source.

How do I stop Safari from switching to Yahoo? 

1. Uninstall unknown programs 

  1. Click on the Finder and go to Applications.
  2. Check for any unknown or suspicious app that you have not installed.
  3. Right-click on it and select Move to trash.
  4. Next, right-click on the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

2. Remove unknown/fake profiles

  1. Navigate to Safari on the menu bar and select Preferences.
  2. Select Users & Groups.
  3. Navigate to the profile you wish to remove and click on the minus button.

3. Disable extensions

  1. Navigate to Safari on the menu bar and select Safari Extensions.
  2. Select the extensions you wish to remove and click on Uninstall.Extensions Safari

4. Reset browser settings

  1. Navigate to Safari on the menu bar and select Preferences.
  2. Select the Privacy tab and click on Manage Website Data.
  3. Hit Remove All then click on Done.
  4. Confirm Remove Now in the next dialog box.

5. Manually change the default homepage

  1. Navigate to Safari on the menu bar and select Preferences.
  2. Select the General tab and under Homepage, delete Yahoo and set your preferred site then click on Set to Current Page.

Hopefully, if you were facing this issue, one or more of our recommended solutions was able to help you get back to your preferred search engine.

In case you encounter any other issues such as Safari not downloading files, refer to our expert guide and follow the steps.

Be sure to let us know which solution worked out for you in the comments section below.

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