If you choose to download a program called DirectionsOnline, you have to research it first to see if it can be trusted. If you have installed it already, the chances are that it has not lived up to your expectations, and that is why you are researching its removal. Or maybe you are just curious if you have made the right decision by installing it. According to our research team, this extension is just another potentially unwanted program that is unlikely to serve you in a beneficial manner. Although the easy-access links that are represented via the toolbar might be authentic and legitimate, we do not think that it is necessary for you to install software just to be able to access the sites that are promoted via it. If you have already made up your mind about deleting DirectionsOnline, you can jump to the removal guide below. If you want to learn more about this PUP first, continue reading.
The developer of the DirectionsOnline toolbar is the infamous Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. It has a bad reputation because of the toolbars it has created. LiveRadioSweeper Toolbar, EasyFileConvert Toolbar, and AllInOneDocs Toolbar are just a few of them, and our researchers warn that there are thousands of toolbars that belong to this company. Although in some cases these programs are nearly identical, for the most part, they are created around a unique theme, and the links that are presented via it are appropriate. For example, DirectionsOnline represents links to sites that can tell you gas prices, traffic notifications, maps, and interesting route spots. Is this what you expected to get when installing the application? It is more likely that you expected the toolbar itself to provide you with directions, which, of course, it cannot do, and that is one of the reasons we identify it as a potentially unwanted program. When it comes to the links, you do not really need a suspicious toolbar to display them, do you? If you want quick access to these sites, create Desktop shortcuts, or bookmark them.
We consider DirectionsOnline to be suspicious mainly because of the search tool that is represented via it. In all cases, Mindspark toolbars represent MyWay Search, which is allegedly enhanced by Google Search, and that is what confuses many users. First of all, you should not install search tools that you know nothing about, especially when you are forced to install them. It was found that Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer users are forced to accept MyWay (hp.myway.com) as the homepage when installing the toolbar, and that is not something you should ignore. Unfortunately, you are forced to make the changes regardless of whether you install the PUP from freedirectionsonline.com/index.jhtml or using some random unfamiliar installer. Note that if you use a random installer, you MUST scan your operating system to check if malware was not installed without your permission. What should you do if you discover malicious infections? In that case, you should research them first to see how dangerous they are. If any critical threats are found, they must be removed first!
If you want to remove DirectionsOnline from your web browser, you need to scan your PC first to make sure that there are no serious infections that require your attention first. If malware exists, it is a good idea to implement anti-malware software to have all threats eliminated at once. Moreover, a legitimate anti-malware tool will get rid of every malicious component, and that might be hard to do manually. When it comes to manual removal, you can find guides on our website, and the PUP can be erased using the instructions below. If you are unable to follow these instructions, an anti-malware tool will help you out. Another reason to install this software is the protection it can provide you with. As long as your PC is guarded, you will not face PUPs, adware, hijackers, and other malicious infections.
To eliminate DirectionsOnline from Internet Explorer, uninstall an application representing this PUP as shown in the instructions below.
Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10: