Search engine choice being over ridden and forced to YAHOO, random,intermittent

Fri 14 Feb 2020 09:13:00 AM EST

Version 1.5.69 Chromium: 79.0.3945.130 (Official Build) nightly (64-bit)

Dear Brave Browser,

I really liked your browser as chrome is too ram hungry, firefox is too quirky, opera too bulky.

ALL MY SEARCHES ARE NOW FORCED TO YAHOO !!

I open the browser
I go to https://www.google.com/advanced_search

I go to the second line : this exact word or phrase
On this line I enter jane doe . and hit enter
this takes me to:
https://www.google.com/search?as_q=&as_epq=jane+doe&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=

THIS PAGE UNDER THE SEARCH BOX OFFERS :
All News Images Videos Books :more Settings Tools

When I click the third choice ‘Images’ , I get taken to:

https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=dcola&hsimp=yhs-005&type=gsp_dimensions_20_07_ssg63&param1=1&param2=cat%3Dweb%26sesid%3D94f5e8c47c696e323acac48a826d2564%26ip%3D74.78.160.16%26b%3DChrome%26bv%3D79.0.3945.130%26os%3DLinux%26os_ver%3D%26pa%3Dgencoll05%26sid%3D51b25cd7130dd7436de7abd962ea7775%26abid%3D%26abg%3D%26a%3Dgsp_dimensions_20_07_ssg63%26sdk_ver%3D%26cd%3D%26cr%3D%26f%3D%26uref%3D&p=google%20images

this happens 8 out of 10 times, randomly. It just started happening this week.
I am using Version 1.5.69 Chromium: 79.0.3945.130 (Official Build) nightly (64-bit)

YAHOO HAS THE WORST “THE ABSOLUTE WORST” SEARCH RESULTS OF ANY PORTAL.
DUCKDUCKGO IS A SUPERIOR SEARCH ENGINE TO YAHOO.

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This sounds like a browser hijack caused by some type of malware, PUP, etc… You could ask for help here:

https://malwaretips.com/forums/windows-malware-removal-help-support.10/

or here:

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-help/

If you’re using an OS other than Windows, navigate to the appropriate sub-forum. Good luck!