You might be surprised to find Search.searchfdm.com set as your default search engine after downloading software. Although this hijacker is most likely to be introduced to you as you install the Free Driver Maps extension, its distribution is mysterious. This add-on is promoted via the Chrome web store, and this is the only reliable source, considering that the official website, freedrivermaps.com, is down. Unfortunately, there is a great possibility that you have downloaded the extension and the hijacker bundled with malware. Did the extension and the hijacker enter your operating system via an unfamiliar installer? If it did, the first thing to do would be to install a malware scanner to examine your operating system. Please do not skip this step because extremely malicious threats might be active on your PC right now. In any case – whether or not your PC is flooded with malware – you need to delete Search.searchfdm.com, and we can show you how to do that via this report.
Although the security issues associated with Search.searchfdm.com are obvious, not all users will realize that. This is because the hijacker was created in a very smart way. First and foremost, the easy-access links it promotes are helpful, and they can help you find the directions, just as the Free Driver Maps extension promises. Second, the search tool that is the main focus of the hijacker redirects all search queries to the popular search.yahoo.com search engine. You are most likely familiar with the Yahoo search engine, and you might trust it. While we have nothing against this search engine, we do not recommend trusting it if you are redirected to it by some hijacker. The problem is that Search.searchfdm.com could modify the results shown and display ads that might appear to be related to your search queries, but, in reality, are simply promoting third-party services. In the worst case scenario, these services might be misleading and help malicious parties expose you to scams.
Why would you postpone the removal of Search.searchfdm.com? This browser hijacker is useless, and the best thing you can do is delete it from your web browser immediately. Because it is most likely that the hijacker was installed along with the extension, we suggest removing it first to see what happens. If you operate Internet Explorer, you will have to uninstall an app via Control Panel. If the hijacker remains put, you can try modifying the homepage URL, which is not a difficult task either. Needless to say, manual removal is not the most ideal option for those whose operating systems are infected with more complicated and dangerous malware. As mentioned right at the beginning of this report, scanning your operating system is crucial. Hopefully, malware is not found, but, if it is, make sure you get rid of it timely. Also, install anti-malware software to ensure that your operating system remains protected against malicious threats in the future.
N.B. You might have to uninstall an undesirable application via Control Panel to get rid of the hijacker corrupting your Internet Explorer browser.