Polarity Technologies Ltd, a company known well for malware analysts at 411-spyware.com, has recently developed a new product Search.hdirectionsandmap.com. Although it is a new search tool, we cannot say that it differs much from previously-developed search tools. It also looks like a legitimate search tool, but acts as a browser hijacker. Malware researchers tend to classify it as a browser hijacker because it arrives on users’ systems bundled with third-party software and then alters browsers’ settings without their knowledge. Search.hdirectionsandmap.com usually sets itself as a homepage and a default search tool. Because of this, it is launched automatically each time a browser is opened. If you are tired of seeing it in front of your eyes each time you open your Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, you must delete it today without further considerations. Our security specialists highly recommend getting rid of it too because, according to them, it might only expose users to potential threats and cause problems linked to the online privacy. If you still need more reasons to remove it from your web browsers, read the rest of this article carefully.
Dubious search tools usually have the appearance of legitimate search providers, but, in most cases, they change browsers’ settings so that they could disseminate advertisements and drive traffic to certain pages. Search.hdirectionsandmap.com is one of those untrustworthy pages pretending to be legitimate search providers. Its interface suggests that it is a genuine search tool, and it seems that it can really help to open Amazon, Google Maps, YouTube, news websites, and weather forecasts quicker too. Unfortunately, this does not make it a legitimate search provider. One of the major reasons it is better known as an untrustworthy search tool is the fact that it might display the modified search results. They will not be separated from Yahoo! search results it shows, so sooner or later you will click on any of them. Any of these modified search results might open untrustworthy third-party pages, so it is only a question of time when you land on a dubious page. Not all these websites are harmful, but you might surely end up on a page with untrustworthy software one day. Some of these pages might even ask you to provide personal details – do not do that by any means if you do not want online privacy issues to emerge for you.
Search tools developed by Polarity Technologies Ltd are not very popular, so it is not likely at all that users set them on their browsers voluntarily. According to specialists at 411-spyware.com, it is more likely that they arrive on users’ computers in software bundles. Users download these bundles from filewin.com, malavida.es, filewon.com, and similar pages containing tons of free applications. Of course, they could prevent this browser hijacker from entering their PCs by unchecking a certain box located on the installation window, but, unfortunately, they cannot do that because they are not attentive enough and do not notice that additional software is about to be installed on their PCs. If you are not going to change your habits, at least go to enable security software on your system.
Luckily, Search.hdirectionsandmap.com is not one of those search tools that hijack browsers’ shortcuts, so you will fully remove it by simply resetting your browsers’ settings to default. Consult our removal guide if you need some help with that. Alternatively, you can perform an in-depth scan of your computer with an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter.