How to Remove Redirect (Virus Removal Guide)

Is your web browser behaving weirdly? Is it always redirecting to the page automatically? Does your default search engine set to even though you haven’t set it as default by yourself? If that’s the case, then your browser, more specifically your PC is infected by malware called browser hijacker. It typically redirects users’ browsers to some specific website on purpose even if the user doesn’t want to visit that website. redirect virus, a.k.a (also known as) browser hijackers, can be removed using various methods. Some of them are:

  • Remove suspicious software from the Windows operating system.
  • Use any antivirus or malware scanner to scan and remove the potential malware that is causing the redirect.
  • Reset the browser settings and set your default search engine to the preferred one.

Note: Just because a virus is redirecting the user to doesn’t mean the website is malicious. In fact, belongs to Yahoo and is a very legit and trusted website.

What is (Yahoo Search)? is the website address that opens the Yahoo Search page. Yahoo! Search is a web search engine that is owned by Yahoo. Yahoo search is the most popular search engine after google. If you want to know more about what search engines are, then you can google it on; in fact, Google is also a search engine. Even though the redirect virus redirects the user to Yahoo Search, the site is not harmful in any way.

Why my web browser always redirect to

The answer is simple; a virus is infecting your computer. There are many types of the virus; among those, the redirecting issue is mostly caused by browser hijacker virus. Primarily, these virus enters on your computer through untrusted or cracked software and addons and plugins from your browser. Viruses like redirect are developed by hackers often for digital marketing or advertising purpose. Their sole motive is to redirect the user to a particular website to increase that website’s audience and popularity.

Methods to remove redirect virus.

As I mention above, there are 3 methods to remove the redirect virus. They are:

  • Remove suspicious software from the Windows operating system.
  • Use any antivirus or malware scanner to scan and remove the potential malware that is causing the redirect.
  • Reset the browser settings and set your default search engine to the preferred one.

These processes are more like steps. It’s better if you follow all three methods for 100% removal of the redirect virus.

Remove suspicious software from your Operating System.

95% of the time, the redirect virus infects Windows Operating System. So I will make reference to the Windows Operating System in my steps below. You can remove any installed software from Windows’s “Add or Remove Program” feature.

Here is the detailed step to remove suspicious software from your Windows Operating System:

Step 1: Go to Control Panel

The Control Panel is a Graphical User Interface Component provided by Mircosoft OS. With the control panel, you can manage almost all settings of Windows like app permission, “keyboard and mouse” setting, display settings add and removal of the application, etc. There are a lot of ways to go to the Control Panel. Some of them are:

Control Panel via Search

Open Control Panel via Task Bar:

  1. Click on the windows icon on the left of the taskbar or click windows option. The Windows menu will expand. 
  2. Type “Control Panel,” the result for the match of the keyword will appear. 
  3. From the results, select “Control Panel.”
Control Panel via Run

Open Control Panel via Run:

  1. Press Windows + R from your keyboard together. A run dialog box will appear.
  2. On the run dialog box type “control panel” and click the OK button. 
  3. Control Panel windows will open.

Step 2: Go to “Programs and Features” Window section.
Control Panel

Control Panel has a section called “Programs and Features.” It displays the list of all the programs and software that are installed on your computer.

After you reach theControl Panel,” locate the option “Uninstall a program” option under the Programscategory. Click on the option. The operating system will redirect you to the “Programs and Features” section.

Note: If you cannot locate the “Uninstall a program” option, do a keyword search for “uninstall a program” on Control Panel.

Step 3: Find the Suspicious Software and Remove it.
Uninstall a program

Once you reached the “Programs and Features” section, the next thing you need to do is to find the suspicious software.

Some tips to figuring out if the program is suspicious or not are:

  • Any software that you don’t remember installing.
  • You can mark any software whose name is very weird and unheard of as suspicious.

Some common malicious programs are our surfing, PDFPoof, BatBitRst, MessengerNow, SearchAd, Reading Cursors, ProMediaConverter, See Scenic Elf, Clickware, etc.

Once you figure out which app to delete, then left-click on the name of the app from the list. A menu will appear, select the “Uninstall” option. Windows will, as you saying, “Are you sure you want to uninstall?”, confirm by clicking on Yes, then follow the prompts to uninstall the program.

Use antivirus to scan potential malware that caused the redirect.

You can use any antivirus you prefer; free or paid your choice. My personal choices are:

1) McAfee Antivirus

2) Norton Antivirus

Since redirects issue mostly occurs on Windows Operating System, let’s scan using Windows Defender Antivirus, which is Windows 10 default antivirus.

Steps to scan your PC for potential malware using Windows Defender Antivirus:

  1. Press Windows key and type “Windows security.” Click on the search result; System will redirect you to Windows Security Page. 
  2. From the Windows Security page, click on the section “Virus & threat protection.”
    WIndows Security
  3. On the “Virus & threat protection” section, you will see the Quick scan button. Click on the Quick scan button to do a quick scan of your pc for the potential virus. If you want to do a full scan, then click on the “Scan option” option and select the “Full Scan” checkbox and click the “Scan now” button.
    Windows Defender-Quick Scan
  4. The windows defender will automatically scan your PC for potential malware. And if found, it will Quarantine or delete the infected file and inform you.

Reset your browser settings

Once you finished deleting the suspicious program and scanning your computer for potential threats, the next step for you to do is reset your browser settings. Reset the browser setting of the browser that was infected by redirect virus.

Reset google chrome browser settings

  1. Go to “Settings” Page by clicking on three vertical dots icon from top right and selecting the “Settings “option from the menu.
    Chrome Settings
  2. From the Settings Page, click on the “Advanced” dropdown tab from the left. The tab will expand at the bottom, click “Advanced.”
    Chrome Advance settings
  3. From the “Advanced” tab, click on the “Reset and clean up” option. The browser will redirect you to the “Reset and clean up” section.
    Chrome Reset Settings
  4. From the Reset and clean up section, click on the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
  5. A prompt message will appear, asking if you really want to Reset the settings. Click “Reset.”

Reset Mozilla Firefox browser settings

  1. Click on the main menu button (three horizontal line icon). From the dropdown menu, select the option labeled “Help. “
    Firefox Help Option
  2. From the Help menu, click on “Troubleshooting Information. “
    Firefox Troubleshoot option
  3. From the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
    Firefox Refresh Settings
  4. A confirmation window will appear, click on the “Refresh Firefox” button.
  5. Congratulation, you have successfully reset Mozilla firefox.

Reset Microsoft Edge browser settings

  1. Right-click on the Start button, a menu will appear, select the “Apps and Features “option from the menu. You will get redirected to the “App and Features” windows.
    App and Feature Windows
  2. From “App and Features” windows, find “Microsoft Edge,” click it and then click on the “Advanced options” link.
    Microsoft Edge Advance Option
  3. The “Advanced Options” screen will now be displayed. Scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the “Reset” button.
    Microsoft Edge Reset

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

I know the questions don’t end here. But do they ever? So, I have just picked some of your most asked questions and answered them below. Please drop your query in the comment section below if I have still not addressed it.

How To Add A Recovery Email Adress To Yahoo Account?

To add the recovery email account on Yahoo;

  1. Sign in to your Yahoo account.
  2. Click on your name and select “Account info.”
  3. Click on “Add recovery email address” in Account Security Tab.
  4. Enter your email address and verify it.
    And it’s done.

Visit How to Add or Remove Recovery Email Account on Yahoo Mail? to learn more about adding a recovery email address to Yahoo account.

How do I stop Yahoo from hijacking my browser?

If you use a Mac and have recently downloaded the latest version of Yahoo Messenger then you may have experienced some trouble with it hijacking your web browser. I certainly did, and what started out as a minor annoyance turned into a full-blown battle to get my browser back from Yahoo!

So, how do you solve it?

This is how I did it.

First of all, close your browser and Yahoo Messenger if they’re running. Then follow these instructions step by step:

1. Go to your “System Preferences.”

2. Click on “Accounts.”

3. In the left-hand pane, click on your Yahoo account, and then in the right-hand pane click on the “Advanced” button at the bottom of that section.

4. In the new window that looks like a chat session, look down the list in the left-hand pane and click on “JavaScript.”

5. In the right-hand pane, make sure you have a tick against “enabled” next to JavaScript. If it’s not, put one there. It definitely won’t break anything if you do enable it anyway!

6. Click “Apply” at the top of the window to save your changes.

7. Close all of the windows you’ve opened (system preferences, Yahoo account advanced settings, etc.)

8. Go to your browser and click on the “REMEMBER PASSWORD” button! (As if you’d forgotten it – but don’t enter it!) It’ll ask you to re-enter your password, but don’t do it. Just get rid of the dialogue box.

Close your browser and then open it again – Yahoo Messenger will have stopped hijacking it!


If you followed the steps mentioned in the article above, your computer is probably free from the redirect virus. If your browser still has the problem, then feel free to reach us via comment or contact us. Want to know more about Yahoo, and it’s a feature? Then visit our website, YMail Logins.