A company Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. has developed and released a new product EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar recently. It seems that it mainly targets those users who travel a lot because it promises to make it easier for users to find “driving directions, maps and traffic alerts.” Because of the appealing description it has, it seems to be quite a beneficial application at first glance. Many users believe that it is a useful program too and, consequently, download it willingly from the web. This Mindspark toolbar has an official website (http://www.easydirectionsfinder.com/index.jhtml). Additionally, Google Chrome users can download it with the click of a button from the Chrome Web store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/directionsonline/pjclebnjamlmkpgapopafeniobfnlllf?utm_source=chrome-app-launcher-info-dialog) as well. Despite the fact that this piece of software promises to act beneficially, specialists at 411-spyware.com do not think that downloading and installing it on the system is such a good idea. Research has revealed that it has several drawbacks which make it a potentially unwanted application. These programs are not harmful infections, for sure, but keeping them installed is not a very good idea, specialists say. They might also perform undesirable activities and even expose to potential threats. Luckily, potentially unwanted programs can be deleted rather easily, so you will not need to put much effort into the EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar removal to see it gone.
Although EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar promises to act very beneficially, we cannot confirm that it is a perfect application. Research has revealed that it only performs one activity – sets a new page as a homepage and a New Tab page after the successful infiltration. Needless to say, this page makes the preferred user’s URL gone. The page set looks like an ordinary search tool at first glance – there is a MyWay (search.myway.com) search box in the middle of this page, and it contains buttons opening such websites as http://www.lonelyplanet.com/, and http://www.terrafly.fiu.edu/, https://wego.here.com/traffic?ct=hm_map. It is quite convenient to have popular websites in one place, but users can open them all by simply typing their URLs in the browser’s address bar too. Also, they can be bookmarked so that they could be opened with the click of a button. The fact that EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar is not as useful as it claims to be at first glance and changes browsers’ settings is not the only reasons we suggest getting rid of this browser plugin. Specialists have also managed to reveal that the search tool (MyWay) presented to users cannot be trusted fully due to the modified search results it displays to users. These search results might redirect to pages which are not trustworthy, so it would be best not to use this search tool at all. Finally, EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar will not miss an opportunity to gather information about you. The majority of details are recorded automatically, but it does not mean that details submitted by users voluntarily will not be recorded either. The collected information might be shared with advertisers, partners, and other third parties, so, theoretically, it might end up in the hands of bad people. If this happens, your privacy might be violated.
If you are reading this article from the beginning, you must already know what to expect from EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar, so we should talk about its distribution now. Researchers at 411-spyware.com have carried out research to find out how it shows up on users’ computers. They have revealed that this piece of software can be downloaded from its official website and the Chrome Web store officially; however, judging from all these users’ reports saying that EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar has slithered onto their computers illegally, it might also be distributed using deceptive methods of distribution, for example, it might travel bundled or it might be promoted by click-to-install advertisements. Either way, it would be best to remove it if you have already detected it on your PC.
You do not need to be an expert in malware removal to delete EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar fully from your computer. You can remove this browser plugin from your Internet Explorer browser via Control Panel, i.e. like any other program. It is slightly more difficult to erase this Mindspark toolbar from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers, but we are sure you could do this yourself if you follow our step-by-step removal guide. Those users who wish to take care of this untrustworthy search tool quicker should scan their computers with a reputable antimalware tool.