About SearchScan

SearchScan by Yahoo Search alerts you to websites with potential security concerns such as viruses and other dangerous software which may harm your computer.

What SearchScan helps protect against

Just visiting some websites can expose your computer to dangerous software like viruses and spyware. If we detect a dangerous website in your search results, we'll let you know by displaying a "Dangerous Downloads" message for that specific search result.

Graphic of Dangerous Downloads warning in a search result

Change your SearchScan setting

You can review and change your Yahoo account's SearchScan setting in your Search Preferences. Learn how to access your Search Preferences.