The default search engine is frequently Yahoo or Bing.

Some customers reported a strange problem with their web browsers. They instantly switch to Yahoo or Bing as their default search engine. Most reports of this problem were made using Google Chrome. However, this issue might also arise if you use a different web browser. They claim that whenever they perform a search in Google Chrome, Yahoo or Bing is automatically forwarded to that search engine. In this article, we’ll examine your options if Yahoo or Bing keep switching to be your default search engine.

The default search engine is frequently Yahoo or Bing.

Use the solutions listed below to restore normalcy if Yahoo or Bing continually switching to be your default search engine.

  1. Look over your extensions.
  2. Use Chrome’s Clean up feature.
  3. run a malware and antivirus scan
  4. Default-reset your web browser
  5. Get rid of Bing and Yahoo search (if possible)
  6. Change to a different web browser

Before you start, you might want to see if the search engine is being changed by your browser’s settings.

(1) Examine your extensions.

Such problems are symptoms of malware or virus infestation. because Yahoo Search or Bing Search is immediately redirected for you when you use Google Search. Google Chrome or another browser may have a harmful extension installed, or your machine may already be infected with malware or viruses.

If the problem still exists, disable all of your extensions. If the search engine does not change immediately when you disable your extensions in Chrome or your main browser, you must identify the harmful extension. In order to achieve this, enable each extension separately before seeing if the problem still persists. Remove the harmful addon from your web browser as soon as you detect it.

2] Utilize Chrome’s Clean up feature.

Users can identify suspicious or undesirable apps on their PCs with the assistance of Google Chrome’s Clean up tool. The Chrome Clean up computer tool will locate viruses and malware and remove them from your computer if your search engine is switching to Yahoo or Bing as a result of a virus or malware.

The following are the methods to use Google Chrome’s Clean up PC tool:

  1. Activate Google Chrome.
  2. Select Settings by clicking on the three vertical dots in the top right corner.
  3. “Reset and clean up > Clean up PC” should be selected.

When you complete the aforementioned steps, Chrome will begin checking your computer for malware and viruses. If it discovers that your system is affected, it will prompt you to uninstall the malicious software. Choose Remove. You will be prompted to restart your computer after the procedure is finished. Whenever prompted, choose Restart.

You will see the statement “No malicious software discovered” if your PC is clean.

3] Conduct a malware and antivirus scan

As was previously said in this post, virus or malware infestation is the main reason for these kinds of issues. We advise you to run a reliable antivirus or antimalware scan on your computer. Another excellent antivirus programme offered by Microsoft without charge is Windows Defender. You can also use some free antivirus software in addition to that.

4] Reset your browser to its default settings.

If the issue still exists, we advise that you restore your web browser to its factory settings. A web browser’s settings can be reset to their default state. Therefore, after resetting your browser, you must make all the adjustments again.


  • Using Chrome
  • Google Chrome
  • You can use Microsoft Edge or any other browser.

The aforementioned procedure will also reinstate your web browser’s default search engine. Bing is the default search engine in Microsoft Edge. As a result, if you reset it, Bing will be your default search engine. Later, it can be modified.

5] Remove Yahoo or Bing search (if possible)

In most circumstances, refreshing the browser is effective. However, uninstall the search engine if the problem persists or does not go away after you reset the browser for any reason. Keep in mind that you cannot remove the default search engine. Make a different search engine the default to remove it. Below, we’ve included step-by-step instructions for various web browsers:

Removing search engines from Firefox

To uninstall search engines from Firefox, follow these instructions:

  • Select Settings by clicking on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner.
  • From the left, select Search.
  • Find the section on Search Shortcuts by scrolling down.
  • Click Remove after choosing the search engine you want to eliminate. The default search engine is that one if the Remove option is greyed out.
  • Firefox. Change the default search engine as a result.

Removing search engines from Chrome

To remove the search engines from Chrome, adhere to the instructions below:

  1. Go to the Chrome settings page.
  2. On the left, click Search engine.
  3. Find the section about search engines by scrolling down.
  4. Select Delete by clicking the three vertical dots next to the search engine. That search engine is Chrome’s default if the Delete option is absent. Therefore, alter it first.

In Edge, remove the search engines.

To remove search engines from Edge, adhere to these steps:

  1. Activate Edge Settings.
  2. On the left, click Privacy, Search, and Services.
  3. Click on the Address bar and search tab at the bottom of the page as you scroll down.
  4. Click Manage Search Engines to continue.
  5. To delete a search engine, select Remove by clicking the three horizontal dots next to it. Change your default search engine and try again if you can’t see the Remove option.

6] Change to a different web browser

The final option is to switch web browsers. Change to a different web browser. Even though Chrome, Firefox, and Edge dominate the market, there are many other excellent browsers that you can download and install on your computer.

How can I prevent Yahoo from taking over my browser?

Your browser appears to be being taken over by Yahoo if your search engine keeps switching to Yahoo. These kinds of problems happen as a result of malware or harmful extensions on your computer. Check your extensions for issues and scan your computer for malware and viruses. Take the advice in this article to heart.

Why does my search engine change at random?

If your search engine keeps switching on its own at random, a malicious addon may be to blame. Check your extensions for issues to find the offender. In addition, your machine could be infected with a virus or malware, which would cause the problem.

Christopher Woodill

About ME

Enterprise technology leader for the past 15+ years…certified PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt and TOGAF Enterprise Architect. I collaborate with companies to help align their strategic objectives with concrete implementable technology strategies. I am Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for Klick Health.

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