SearchYa is a toolbar is a toolbar that may be installed on browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, and Google Chrome. Once it is installed, it will change default homepage address to searchya.com. It may also modify search settings and set its own as the default. Every search item will get redirected to commercial web site, which is irrelevant to user’s search.

SearchYa is considered as an adware program, which will display many advertisements on the computer. It may appear as pop-up, pop-under, toolbar, or hijacker. To execute this, SearchYa need to install additional code to the computer. It can only do that by tricks that will convince victim to execute a button that will disguise as mini-game or similar.

This toolbar and browser hijacker program may come into your computer through various means. Sometimes, it will require you to download a program and there are instances that it is bundled with freeware that you have acquired from unofficial web site. However you may have obtain this adware, it is good to know that you can remove it manually from an affected computer. See the complete guide below.

Type Adware
Sub-Type Hijacker
OS Affected Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

What are the Symptoms of SearchYa Infection?

Screenshot of Searchya

How do I uninstall searchya toolbar?

In order to remove the Searchya toolbar from your computer, do the following:
1. Click on Start, and open Control Panel.
2. Go to Uninstall/Remove or Add/Remove Programs.
3. When it displays a list of installed programs, look for Searchya Toolbar and select it.
4. Click Remove and proceed with the removal.

2.How do I remove Searchya page from by browser’s home page?

To reset your homepage of your Internet browser, see the following procedures for different browser type and versions.

Internet Explorer: Go to Tools and then click Internet Options. On General tab, click Restore to Default.

Mozilla Firefox 4: Click the orange “Firefox” button on the top left then click Options. On General tab, click Restore to Default.

Mozilla Firefox 3.6: Go to Tools, click Options. On General tab, click to select your default homepage setting.

Google Chrome: Click on the Wrench icon (top of browser), then go to Options and on Basics tab select your default homepage setting.

3.How do I remove Searchya from newly opened tabs on my browser?

Internet Explorer 9: To remove SearchYa search from new tabs, go to Tools > Internet options > General tabs > Settings, and set the “when a new tab is opened, open” drop down, and choose “The new tab page”.

Internet Explorer 7 or 8: In order to remove searchya from new tabs, the program has to be uninstalled completely. Please refer to ‘How do I uninstall searchya toolbar?’

Mozilla Firefox: Go to Tools and then addons, click Options, then select Advanced and uncheck the first option “Use searchya as enhanced search for new tab”.

Google Chrome: Click on the Wrench icon (top of browser), then click on Settings from the drop-down list. Go to “On Startup and untick “Open a specific page or set of pages”.

4. Remove Searchya Shortcut and Avoid Home Page Startup

Right-click on Internet browser icon (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome). Click on Properties from the list. Under Shortcut tab, remove http://www.searchya.com/ from the Target field.

5.How do I hide the Searchya toolbar?

If you just want to hide Searchya toolbar from your browser, please hover your mouse to toolbar and right-click. Uncheck the service and it will remain hidden.

11 thoughts on “SearchYa Toolbar and searchya.com

  • August 8, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Great info, thanks. Got the searchya removed.

    Mack, Start by uninstalling the add-ons from control panel (clearly No. 1).Searchya is not the culprit for disablling system restore, regedit, etc… I am certain that you have a malware on your PC (without reformat). Searchya is a plain browser add-on. I am sure of that. I have removed it successfully from my clients PC.

    How about checking your computer first for malware before showing your ignorance? This guide covers searchya removal only and not malware removal. So if your computer is affected by some malware, you do not have to blame this guide. First, it was you who install the product by browsing explicit web site. It is your irresponsible web browsing habit that causes you problems and for that, blame yourself.

    Don’t expect that there will always be a free and easy solution to problems made by yourself.

  • August 14, 2012 at 12:23 am

    How do I remove searchya from my new tab page on Chrome (you only gave answers for other browsers)?

  • September 18, 2012 at 3:39 am

    If you are using the latest version of chrome or have recently installed it you will have to go to the Extensions menu (above settings) and either uncheck the Searchya tab or delete it using the recyclebin icon.

  • October 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Thank you so much !!! Finally I was able to get rid of this annoying searchya issue !!!!
    SearchYa should be considered as a SPAM and I don’t understand why the laws did not apply to this case …

  • October 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

    thanks, very helpful!!!

  • October 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Unfortunalely it is not working on Google chrome. I have removed it through the control panel programes and features, however it still apears as a default search engine in my browser. Any ideas how to dispose it for good?

  • November 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Mine is not listed under add remove programs. So how do I get this crap off my computer for good?

  • November 11, 2012 at 5:38 am

    If searchya isn’t in the add/remove programs how do you find it?

  • November 11, 2012 at 5:39 am

    If the searchya isn’t under add/remove programs. How do you find it?

  • April 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Another reason to avoid cnet and cbs interactive. its included with their downloads

  • August 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

    how can I get rid of searchYa from my laptop?? thanks

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