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Should I remove Yahoo! Search?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,795
United States Rank #4,266
Reach 0.2194%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.54 days
340.33 days >
Average installed length: 178.82 days

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Yahoo! Search

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What is Yahoo! Search?

This is NOT associated with Yahoo. Pay-By-Ads' Yahoo! Search is an adware web browser application that displays banner ads as well as contextual link ads that are injected in the web page. The ads are injected by the web browser plugin and will display on any web site, even those not associated or affiliated with the publisher. On web pages there may be up to 10 intext ads and/or 4 banner ad and/or a transitional ad. The application is usually bundled by 3rd-party download managers that utilize deceptive advertising techniques in order to install the software. In addition to ads, the program will also modify the browser settings which could include lowering the normal security settings of the browser as well as changing the home page and search provider (known as web browser hijacking). The extension will also report back to the controlling server analytics which may include the behavior of the user on the Internet and reports back URLs and domains visited as well as what advertisements are displayed and clicked on. This adware is mostly bundled with 3rd party download managers that include a number of additional offers, all potentially unwanted programs.


It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named dsrlte.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 466 files and is usually about 1.38 MB (1,442,686 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Starts automatically
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Yahoo! Search.
dsrlte.exe (ba73d8dc5dd1cf3e558c2152c3d969ad) has been flagged by the following 15 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 912 Adware.Agent.OGO
AVG 2015.0.3438 Paybyads
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Bitdefender Adware.Agent.OGO
ByteHero BDV 6.20.2014.10 Virus.Win32.Heur.n
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Agent.OGO
ESET-NOD32 8.10199 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.K
F-Secure 11.2014-06-08_4 Adware.Agent.OGO
G Data 14.8.24 Adware.Agent.OGO
Malwarebytes v2014.08.06.10 PUP.Optional.PayByAds.A
McAfee 5600.7046 Artemis!BA73D8DC5DD1
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7046 Artemis!BA73D8DC5DD1
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Agent.OGO
nProtect Adware.Agent.OGO
VIPRE Antivirus 31906 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
       View all 15 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Pay-By-Ads
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\pay-by-ads\yahoo! search\
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Pay-By-Ads\Yahoo! Search\\dsrlte.exe" /uninstl
Estimated size: 1.38 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Yahoo! Search

Program executable:dsrlte.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\users\user\appdata\local\pay-by-ads\yahoo! search\\dsrlte.exe
Additional files:
  • chrmXtn.dll
  • ffxtn.dll
  • rvt.js

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • dsrlte.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{22F5D51A-F565-4D00-B7E2-3A460B44F082}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • dsrlte.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Yahoo! Search' and executes as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Pay-By-Ads\Yahoo! Search\\dsrlte.exe.

How do I remove Yahoo! Search?

Quickly and completely remove Yahoo! Search from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Download Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’Remove Yahoo! Search from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall Yahoo! Search from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Yahoo! Search, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Yahoo! Search.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.
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Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win 8 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.07%
Windows 10 29.26%
Windows Vista 3.41%
Windows XP 3.22%
Windows Server 2003 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.80%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.25%
Windows 8.1 12.30%
Windows 7 Professional 12.11%
Windows 8 6.42%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.21%

Distribution by countryGeography

28.47% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 28.47%
  India 4.73%
  France 3.60%
  Germany 2.94%
  United Kingdom 2.88%
  Brazil 2.75%
  Italy 2.73%
  Canada 2.69%
  Saudi Arabia 2.12%
  Philippines 2.08%
  Australia 2.02%
  Malaysia 1.81%
  Indonesia 1.79%
  Taiwan 1.66%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.78%
Acer 21.95%
Dell 19.26%
ASUS 10.74%
Toshiba 6.57%
Lenovo 5.56%
Samsung 3.91%
Intel 0.88%
MSI 0.74%
Alienware 0.57%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.55%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.67%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.67%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.57%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.88%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.48%

comments2 comments

user comment
user comment
kool_kirbsover a year ago
I don't know how this got into my laptop, but one day I just realized that I don't have any music anymore. I uninstalled it, and music was back.
user comment
Garyover a year ago
Should I remove it does not recognize yahoo search on my computer and honestly yahoo or any company has no right to force something onto a persons personal computer that does not uninstall simply. It overrides my computer settings even when I select them. If you dont want people hating the name Yahoo I suggest you make it easier to remove or DONT FORCE FEED IT TO PEOPLE!!!