Yahoo Search results show when trying to visit non-Yahoo website

Did you enter a non-Yahoo website into your browser's address bar, only to find yourself taken to a Yahoo Search results page? We'll explain why this is happening, below.

The Yahoo Search 404 assistant

What you're seeing is the Yahoo Search 404 assistant, a feature included with Yahoo Toolbar.

What the Yahoo Search 404 assistant does

When your Web browser encounters an error when loading a page, instead of just displaying the error message the Yahoo Search 404 assistant shows you relevant Yahoo Search results for the topic of the page you were trying to access.

Disable the 404 assistant

  1. In the Yahoo Toolbar, click the Toolbar Settings icon Toolbar settings gear.
  2. Select Edit Settings.
    - The Toolbar settings page loads.
  3. Deselect the 404 Assistant.