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Remove OfferssDirect ads (Easy Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Threats that might be hidden under OfferssDirect ads

Example of OfferssDirect adware

OfferssDirect is presented as a useful New Tab Extension For Shoppers. The browser add-on promises to provide exclusive shopping offers, discounts, coupons and similar shopping-related deals that should help to save when shopping online. However, in reality, it works as an adware.[1]

Security experts warn that OfferssDirect adware might negatively impact browsing sessions and put user’s privacy at risk. Therefore, installing this add-on is not recommended. However, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) might infiltrate the system unnoticed.

The OfferssDirect hijack might occur when users download freeware or shareware. This application might be included as an optional download. Thus, if you rushed through freeware installation, you may have given this PUP permission to enter the system as well.

After the installation, Offerss Direct adware might cause these changes in the browser:

  • replace your current homepage, search engine, and new tab URL address;
  • display an excessive amount of commercial content;
  • redirect to promotional websites, online stores or similar sites;
  • track browsing-related information;
  • prevent simple OfferssDirect removal.

The main purpose of this browser extension is to generate advertising-based revenue for the developers. It means that when you click on particular ads or visit sponsored sites, authors of the program generate revenue. Indeed, it’s a legit advertising business, but there might be several problems with OfferssDirect ads.

Security experts from Bedynet[2] report that some of the ads, discounts or shopping offers might be fake or redirect to questionable websites. Users are warned that they might end up on phishing sites or fake online shops that are used for obtaining sensitive data. Additionally, you might be asked to enter some personal or contact information in order to get promised discount.

Some OfferssDirect redirect tendencies might put your computer at risk. The adware might redirect to infected website or sites that ask to install unknown add-ons in order to leave. If users are tricked into such activities, they might install dangerous trojans, ransomware or other malware.[3]

To avoid such problems, you should not install this shopping assistant. However, if you already did it, you should remove OfferssDirect with anti-malware/anti-spyware. All you have to do is to run a system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another up-to-date security program.

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OfferssDirect ads might flood the browser and make it crash. Thus, installation of this add-on is not recommended.

Things to know about software bundling to avoid the hijack

Potentially unwanted programs usually spread with the help of freeware or shareware. Developers of PUPs take advantage of the popular Quick/Standard installation setup that does not openly disclose about third-party software that might be attached to the primary program. Unfortunately, the majority of users rely on these settings.

To avoid OfferssDirect virus and installation of other undesired apps, you have to always rely on Advanced/Custom installation setup and carefully follow the guide. If you see “additional downloads,” you should unmark the ticks and reject their installation.

Uninstall OfferssDirect from the computer and web browser entirely

Adware is not hard to remove manually. Thus, you can follow our prepared manual OfferssDirect removal guide. The instructions will show you were to look up for adware-related components and how to delete them properly.

However, if the instructions seem complicated or you want to quicker solution, you should opt for the automatic elimination. In this way, a reputable anti-malware program will help you to remove OfferssDirect from the system.

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To remove OfferssDirect ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate OfferssDirect from Windows systems

Follow these steps to wipe out adware-related components from the device. Do not leave any suspicious programs or files in order to avoid re-hijack:

  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 OfferssDirect and related programs
    Here, look for OfferssDirect 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 OfferssDirect 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 OfferssDirect 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'

Get rid of OfferssDirect from Internet Explorer (IE)

Access Explorer add-ons and remove questionable entries.

  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 OfferssDirect 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 OfferssDirect removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete OfferssDirect ads from Microsoft Edge

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, OfferssDirect should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase OfferssDirect from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

From the list of Extensions, you should remove unknown Firefox plugins, extensions, and toolbar that might be related to OfferssDirect.

  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 OfferssDirect 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 OfferssDirect removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall OfferssDirect from Google Chrome

This guide will help you to recover Google Chrome after the Offerss Direct hijack:

  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 OfferssDirect 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 OfferssDirect removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate OfferssDirect 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 OfferssDirect 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 OfferssDirect removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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