How to Get Rid of the Yahoo Toolbar Virus

by Ray Padgett

Users may have difficulty believing the Yahoo! toolbar is a virus. After all, Yahoo! is a reputable company with a long history of improving users' web experiences. However, while its toolbar browser add-on isn't itself a virus, it is incredibly virus-prone, rendering it almost impossible to delete. Getting rid of a toolbar virus will get your toolbar back to working order or allow you to delete it entirely.

Step 1

Run Microsoft's "Malicious Software Removal Tool." To do so, open your computer's "Start" menu and click "Run." Type "MRT" when it opens, then hit the "Enter." This application comes pre-installed with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. If the repair tool seems to be missing for some reason, you can download a new copy from Microsoft's website.

Step 2

Click "Next."

Step 3

Select "Full Scan." While this does take longer than the "Quick Scan" default, it gives a better chance of deleting a Yahoo! Toolbar virus from your computer.

Step 4

Click "Next." Wait for the program to complete a scan of your infected computer.

Step 5

Follow the prompts that appear to delete the Yahoo! toolbar virus.

Step 6

Click "Finish."

Step 7

Restart your computer.

Uninstall the toolbar if you no longer want it. In Firefox, select "Uninstall" from the "Add-Ons" menu under Tools. For Internet Explorer, remove it from your Windows Control Panel's "Add or Remove Programs" menu.

Items you will need

  • Malicious software removal tool

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Based in New York City, Ray Padgett has been writing about music and technology since his 2009 graduation from Dartmouth College. He has a degree in religion, with a minor in English. He has been published in SPIN.com and in "The Celebrity Café," "The Noise" and an upcoming Bob Dylan anthology.

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