Search.directionsandmap.com might look like a regular search engine, but we can assure you that it is not. We have found that it is nothing more but a browser hijacker whose primary objective is to replace your browser’s homepage and show ad-supported search results that can jeopardize your computer’s security. Apart from that, it was also configured to gather information about you to tailor the ads according to your personal interests and browsing habits. We have concluded that this search engine is inherently malicious and recommend that you remove it from your browser as soon as possible. Note that it can enter the browser without your knowledge or consent which is what makes it a browser hijacker.
Browser hijackers are malicious search engines that can enter your PC by stealth and replace your browser’s homepage in an effort to force you to use it to search the web. Search.directionsandmap.com is a typical hijacker that is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. This particular hijacker does not have an accompanying browser extension so it can infect your browser via the installation of bundled software. If the infection is successful, then this hijacker will become your browser’s homepage and subject you to promotional links, provided that you start to use it. We are concerned with the fact that Search.directionsandmap.com redirects all search queries to a modified Yahoo search engine that features search results that include promotional links of unverified legitimacy. Indeed, some of them can be rather sketchy and downright malicious, so you should not use it for searching the web.
Search.directionsandmap.com is similar to Search.yourclassifiedscenter.com, Search.yourinterestscenter.com, and Search.searchdp.com, which are also browser hijackers. All of them come from a malware developer called Polarity Technologies. This developer is infamous for its browser hijackers that are disseminated in a highly deceptive manner. We have found that Search.directionsandmap.com is included in third-party software installers that inject it into the browser secretly. Furthermore, some of the installers might not allow you to deselect its installation. So to avoid your PC becoming infected with this malware, you should refrain from installing software from unknown, questionable sites.
In conclusion, Search.directionsandmap.com is one malicious search engine that can put your computer’s security at risk. It can replace your browser’s homepage by stealth and subject you to promotional links that can redirect to malicious websites. Therefore, we suggest that you remove this search engine from your browser as soon as you can. If you do not know how to do that, then you can use the guide we have included below.
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