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Remove EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar and its real purpose on your PC

EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar virus

EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar is a legitimate navigation service-providing product designed by a company called Mindspark Interactive Network. The application may seem like a helpful tool for people who travel a lot and want to keep up to date with their location, nevertheless, due to its unexpected and unauthorized appearance on the computer, the software does not receive positive feedback online.

Some users may even dare to call this browser assistant [1] a virus, more particularly, an adware [2], because its appearance on the PC often increases the amount of online ads. In reality, though, it is merely a potentially unwanted program which you may accidentally acquire when installing freeware or shareware on your computer.

If you do find this toolbar on your PC, don’t worry, it is not a malware, and you should be able to eliminate it from your system without having to use anti-malware tools such as Reimage. Just follow the instructions at the end of this article and perform EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar removal manually.

When the toolbar is installed, it not only pins itself to the top section of your browser window but also alters browser settings, replacing your default search engine and homepage with Mindspark’s search engine

Web search carried out through Easy Directions Finder search will be redirected through or and landing on the final search result list, you will notice an untypical amount of sponsored content and search suggestions. It is not a bad thing and can even be helpful if, for instance, you are looking for a car to buy.

Nevertheless, it can get really annoying when conducting serious research without any intentions of finding out about the best retail deals related to the subject of your investigation. That’s when you should make a firm decision and remove EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar along with the related search engine from your device.

The software is currently most active in US, Australia and South Africa, but its download page also receives page views in UK [3] as well. 

Questions about EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar

EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar image
In the image above you can see EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar official download page and My Way search engine that this toolbar sets as your homepage when installed on the computer.

Questionable choices of Mindspark product distribution 

All Mindspark products, including EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar, have their own official websites where users can download, install and read up more about their products. Nevertheless, there is also a more shady side to the software distribution that the developing company avoid talking openly about.

EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar, is also promoted using “bundling” technique which is a legal but not very honest way of spreading programs around. Bundled programs are often not disclosed adequately, so the users install the toolbar together with other freeware and shareware unknowingly. This can be avoided in several ways:

  • By avoiding downloading freeware and shareware from unreputable websites
  • By scanning downloaded software packages with antivirus software before opening them
  • By installing software using Advanced or Custom installation modes

EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar uninstallation

You may remove EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar manually or automatically. Automatic elimination is a perfect option for those in a hurry. Reimage or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner software should detect EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar as a PUP and eliminate if from your device in a few minutes.

However, this toolbar is not a virus so security software may not detect it. In such a case, you may also perform EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar removal manually. Remember that you will need to follow the instructions carefully and be very precise when performing the latter method of elimination.

Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.

Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.

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To remove EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar, follow these steps:

Erase EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar from Windows systems

You should be able to eliminate EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar from your device manually by performing the steps indicated below.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Remove EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

To go back to your regular search engine and homepage, you will have to reset your browser and reassign your desired domain manually. We explain how to do it below.

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar from Google Chrome

You will find instructions how to reset your Google Chrome browser and remove My Way search from the default search engine position below.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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