Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer users have to be cautious about Search.searchfdf.com. Despite its harmless-looking interface, this search provider is identified as a browser hijacker that deserves immediate elimination. The links this search tool represents from its home page (e.g., mapquest.com, maps.google.com, and maps.yahoo.com) are not considered malicious, but you have to be extra cautious about the links represented to you after being redirected to Yahoo Search. You will be redirected to this search engine the moment you enter a keyword into the search box, and because this search engine is popularly known as safe and reliable, you might decide to interact with the links shown. That would be a mistake because the creator of the hijacker might include unreliable ads and sponsored links. If you need more reasons to delete Search.searchfdf.com, keep reading.
The suspicious Search.searchfdf.com hijacker is not exactly a clone of Search.searchtrmypa.com, Search.yourrecipesnow.com, Search.easymoviesaccess.com, and many other well-known hijackers, but it has the same layout. On the top-right corner of its home page, you can see the “SaferBrowser” tag. This name supposedly represents the creator of the Find Directions Fast extension that installs the hijacker. Although there is a possibility that this hijacker will corrupt your browsers as a standalone infection, in most cases, it comes packaged with the extension. Finddirectionsfast.com is the website representing it, and, according to the information provided, the add-on can help you search maps, get driving directions, and avoid traffic and road works. Although this app looks great on paper, in reality, it is completely useless. Once installed, it will introduce you to Search.searchfdf.com via your homepage, new tab, or default search provider, and that is its only visible function.
Besides introducing you to a suspicious search provider that might showcase unreliable links, Find Directions Fast also claims to read and modify your data on the websites you visit. What does this mean? It could mean that this program is capable of recording the data you enter on any website. It could also mean that it is capable of replacing content with sponsored links. Whatever it is, we are sure that it is not done to benefit you. Another thing that this add-on and hijacker are capable of is tracking your browsing activity. If you enter keywords into the Search.searchfdf.com search box, your requests will be recorded by tracking cookies that might also record your IP address, information about your browsers, and other information. While it is unlikely that the cookies implemented by Search.searchfdf.com will track personally-identifiable information, the cookies of third parties related to this hijacker could be more intrusive. Note that cookies might be installed every time you interact with the links represented by this hijacker, and if malicious cookies slither in, they could jeopardize the security if your virtual identity.
In order to remove Search.searchfdf.com (or home.searchfdf.com from the homepage), you need to get rid of Find Directions Fast. Chrome and Firefox users can erase this extension directly from their browsers, and Internet Explorer users need to uninstall the app via the Control Panel (see instructions below). According to our research, some users download this software bundled with other programs, and because they are unknown, we suggest you research them as well to see if they can be trusted. If a malware scanner identifies them as threats, please remove them ASAP. Note that manual removal of unwanted software is an alternative to automated removal that offers greater benefits. If you employ a trusted anti-malware tool, it will inspect your PC and delete every single malicious file and registry entry. Even better, it will keep malware away in the future. We suggest you least consider installing this software.
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