Search.searchdirma.com is a search tool that is part of the Directions Mapper extension that was created by the infamous SaferBrowser. This suspicious search tool is almost identical to such well-known browser hijackers as Search.fc-cmf.com, Search.searchmab.com, and Search.searchetg.com. They are classified as browser hijackers because they could be installed without the user’s permission. Although many users install them knowingly as well, most of them are not left with other options because they are required to accept homepage and search provider modifications if they want to use Directions Mapper. Were you tricked into thinking that this extension is beneficial? In reality, the only purpose of this extension is to introduce you to the hijacker, and that is one of the reasons we recommend its removal. Of course, this article was created to help you delete Search.searchdirma.com, but you have to eliminate the extension to get rid of the hijacker. Continue reading to learn more.
Directions-mapper.com is the official website representing Directions Mapper; however, the hijacker is not discussed much. It is unlikely that you will be introduced to the hijacker if you use third-party installers as well. According to our research, it is quite possible that the hijacker will slither into your PC with the help of other infections or via pop-ups that might be delivered by unreliable adware. Overall, if you discover Directions-mapper.com, other infections might be active as well, and this is why we suggest installing an automated malware scanner to inspect your operating system. If you are looking for an up-to-date and free malware scanner, click the Download link below. Third-party threats might be found, but you should be specifically cautious about threats linked to Search.searchdirma.com; for example, malicious tracking cookies. You might have to remove web cookies in order to avoid the collection of personal information. Luckily, legitimate anti-malware software can delete cookies instantaneously.
The information is collected by Search.searchdirma.com in order to learn more about you. The more information the party that is in control has, the easier it is to deliver attractive content. Although it is unlikely that ads will be displayed on the home page of the hijacker or other websites (this could be done by other active threats), you might be introduced to ads via the search results page. As you might have revealed yourself, Search.searchdirma.com redirects all search queries to a third-party search engine, Yahoo Search (search.yahoo.com). According to our malware experts, there is a huge possibility that the regular search results will be shown along with advertisements/sponsored content, and so you have to be very vigilant. In fact, we do not advise interacting with the results shown at all. Instead, you should delete the hijacker and set up a reliable and useful search engine instead. Note that you are not obligated to use a search engine on your homepage, but you must make sure that a reliable page opens on startup.
There is no doubt that you need to remove Search.searchdirma.com from your browsers, and, as we have mentioned before, the removal of Directions Mapper has to be discussed at the same time. Our researchers inform that you should be able to get rid of the hijacker by eliminating the extension. Chrome and Firefox users need to delete the extension from browsers, and IE users need to uninstall the app representing Directions Mapper. Both of these tasks are extremely easy, and we are sure that you can handle them with ease. We are hopeful that you can get rid of all other active threats yourself as well, but we cannot guarantee that. First, scan your PC to identify the infections that require removal. Next, do a quick research. If the detected threats are too complicated for you, use an automated malware remover. If you can eliminate them yourself, do so immediately.
Use the following steps if you use Internet Explorer. Afterward, check your browsers to see if homepage and search provider tools were restored.
Windows 10 or Windows 8:
Windows 7 or Windows Vista: