What is Yahoo Toolbar

Yahoo Toolbar is a legitimate add-on designed for popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. It is used to improve browser capabilities by adding quick-access links and widgets to enter Facebook, e-mail, news, and other resources without leaving the homepage. Having such a range of functions contained on a single page can save a lot of time and enhance the browsing experience significantly. However, you should keep in mind that there are many fake applications that mimic Yahoo Toolbar in order to generate unwanted ads and redirects to Search.yahoo.com. The most obvious ring that could hint at the presence of unwanted software is when it appears on your system without consent. Trying to brawl with unwanted programs on your own can only lead to a stalemate. This is because they change certain values that prevent users from manual removal. Despite this, it is quite easy to outsmart such applications and delete them without traces. Follow our guide below to learn more about distribution methods and protection tips against such threats in a future perspective.

How Yahoo Toolbar infected your computer

Software that acts like unwanted programs can be installed through freeware repacks and installation kits. Repacks have helped developers to enable faster software delivery. Sadly, most people do not understand the danger of downloading such packages from third-parties resources because they can be bundled with unwanted software. Today, most third-parties websites barely survive and hang on advertising low-sort content to earn some money. This way, they ingrain additional sections (“Advanced”/”Custom”) that contain unwanted offers. You might see a checkbox proposing to set a new search engine or homepage as default at some stage of the setup. If you leave these boxes checked, your PC will suffocate under the stranglehold of Potentially Unwanted Programs that suck loads of memory and system resources. Luckily, infections of such kinds are considered to be low-risk and easy to remove.

Download Removal Tool for Windows

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To remove Yahoo Toolbar completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Yahoo Toolbar and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.The trial version of SpyHunter offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Download Removal Tool for Mac

Download CleanMyMac

To remove Yahoo Toolbar completely, we recommend you to use CleanMyMac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Yahoo Toolbar and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser.

Remove Yahoo Toolbar manually for free

Here is the manual step-by-step tutorial for full Yahoo Toolbar removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Yahoo Toolbar installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Note: Yahoo Toolbar can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:

    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove Yahoo Toolbar from Control Panel

To start removing Yahoo Toolbar you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – for example, “Yahoo Toolbar”, “Yahoo Toolbar and New Tab”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Mac.

Remove Yahoo Toolbar from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. Yahoo Toolbar might have an Uninstaller.
  3. Otherwise, drag Yahoo Toolbar from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Remove Yahoo Toolbar from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Yahoo Toolbar.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Yahoo Toolbar from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Yahoo Toolbar and click Uninstall.

Remove Yahoo Toolbar from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Yahoo Toolbar, click Uninstall.

Remove Yahoo Toolbar from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Yahoo Toolbar from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Yahoo Toolbar in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Yahoo Toolbar in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Yahoo Toolbar

In some cases, Yahoo Toolbar won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Yahoo Toolbar. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Yahoo Toolbar folder and files. This happens because the process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall Yahoo Toolbar in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Yahoo Toolbar

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

and for Mac:

If you can’t uninstall Yahoo Toolbar using the instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Yahoo Toolbar. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Yahoo Toolbar from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Yahoo Toolbar.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Yahoo Toolbar from Control Panel often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has a browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove the Yahoo Toolbar extension from your browsers manually.


  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find Yahoo Toolbar extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find Yahoo Toolbar add-on.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose Yahoo Toolbar extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Yahoo Toolbar from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling a program from Control Panel. To disable Yahoo Toolbar, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Yahoo Toolbar.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Yahoo Toolbar does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Yahoo Toolbar extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Yahoo Toolbar installs a search engine (search.yahoo.com), that hijacks your browsers. Here is an instruction to reset your browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine to default values.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

Remove following files, folders, and registry keys of Yahoo Toolbar

Yahoo Toolbar files:


Yahoo Toolbar folders:

C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\

Yahoo Toolbar registry keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Yahoo Toolbar
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "YMailAdvisor" "C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\YMailAdvisor.exe"

How to block redirects and pop-ups from Yahoo Toolbar

Yahoo Toolbar redirects, in most cases, are caused by a program installed on your PC or add-on installed in browsers. However, sometimes it can appear on a clean computer when visiting malicious websites, using an advertising script. Also, apps that generate “Yahoo Toolbar” are themselves installed from pop-ups. To protect your PC and browsers from phishing websites, pop-up ads, banners, malicious scripts it is recommended to use AdGuard. Download free trial here:

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Alternative way to remove adware browser extensions and reset browser settings

avast browser cleanup For safe and effective browser extension removal use avast! Browser Cleanup utility. Run it with administrator privileges and remove all extensions with bad ratings including related to Yahoo Toolbar. You can also reset your browser settings for each of your browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

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Cleaning browsers shortcuts

shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Yahoo Toolbar may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of the anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and anti-malware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats, like Yahoo Toolbar.

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James Kramer
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