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Remove Search.searchddn.com (Virus Removal Instructions) - Free Instructions

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Search.searchddn.com is a browser hijacker that may steal people's browsing history

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Search.searchddn.com is a misleading search engine that pretends to be a useful tool for searching the web. Its start page includes quick links to Local Weather, Google Maps, Bing Maps, Gas Prices, Amazon, Gmail, and more. Besides, it delivers Yahoo-based search results. While initially, these traits might seem useful and reliable, using Search.searchddn.com virus is not a good idea as it may be involved in affiliate marketing[1] and seek to increase traffic to suspicious third-party domains or track web browsing activities to steal browsing-related information.

Search.searchddn.com domain has been developed by Polarity Technologies Ltd. This fact makes it clear that this search site is not reliable as this company is infamous for development and distribution of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and browser hijackers. Search.searchgmfs.com, Search.searchcfpdf.com, Search.tz-cmf.com, Search.yourspeedtesthub.com are just a few examples of the Polarity Technologies browser hijackers' group.

The Search.searchddn.com virus injects itself into Google Chrome,[2] Mozilla Firefox or IE web browser's once the PC's owner installs it via freeware package. Right after that, the default start page and search provider is replaced by http://search.searchddn.com/. Those who don't mind such unauthorized web browser's changes might experience the following inconveniences:

  • Continuous browser's redirects to unknown websites;
  • A flood of irritating commercial advertisements;
  • Random pop-up ads offering fake software updates;[3]
  • Browser's slowdowns;
  • The leak of personally non-identifiable information.

While the search site is not malicious, the content that it may expose you to is highly questionable. Doubtful parties employ such and similar search engines for promoting their websites, products or services. Unfortunately, some of the offers may be fake and trick you into purchasing expensive products, install useless software or even download malware. Therefore, security experts recommend people to remove Search.searchddn.com from the system asap.

Showing Search.searchddn.com hijackSearch.searchddn.com search site is not reliable due to collaboration with suspicious third-parties

The security of Search data and other personally non-identifiable information is yet another factor that should foster Search.searchddn.com removal. As pointed out in the Privacy Policy of this tool, it may:

collect personally-identifiable information through the use of our Services upon your contacting us so that we may respond to your questions or comments, such as your name, email or mailing address, or other information you include when contacting us.
[…] We may also collect, use and store information about your search activity when you use web search services (such as search queries) (“Search Data”).

Therefore, if your web browser's settings have been modified without your consent, the best you can do is to employ ReimageIntego or another reputable anti-malware tool and eliminate all suspicious programs from the system. Those who prefer manual Search.searchddn.com removal can use a free removal guide that is included at the end of this article.

The success of PUP dissemination depends on people's carefulness

PUPs can hardly be installed on the system without PC user's approval. However, their developers found a way to trick inexperienced users into installing unwanted programs by disguising them under freeware installers.

The so-called “bundling” is a method allows PUP developers to disguise their products under Quick of Basic freeware installation methods. Therefore, it's vital to opt for Advanced or Custom installation techniques and verify each installation step carefully. Unwanted programs, such as adware or browser hijackers are typically introduced as useful free components and marked by default. The only way to reject their installation is to unmark ticks marked next to claims like: “By clicking Next I agree to install XXX” or “By clicking Next I agree to use XXX as a default search engine,” etc.

Get rid of Search.searchddn.com search engine

Do not accept Search.searchddn.com hijack as a natural thing. Replacing a search engine and start page without your consent is not only abnormal but also poses a risk of malware infection and data leakage.

There are two different approaches to remove Search.searchddn.com virus from the system. The one requires the installation of a reputable anti-malware program, while the other requires some free time and carefulness to eliminate all potentially dangerous components. Indeed, automatic removal is more reliable than manual as you can never know how many PUPs might have been injected into the system along with Driving Directions Now app.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Search.searchddn.com, follow these steps:

Eliminate Search.searchddn.com from Windows systems

Follow this guide to get rid of PUPs if you are using Windows OS:

  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 Search.searchddn.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.searchddn.com 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'
  5. Remove Search.searchddn.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Remove Search.searchddn.com from Mac OS X system

Mac OS X users have to check the libraries for PUPs and eliminate each component. Otherwise, web browser may keep malfunctioning.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Search.searchddn.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Search.searchddn.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Search.searchddn.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Search.searchddn.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Search.searchddn.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Search.searchddn.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Get rid of Search.searchddn.com PUP from Internet Explorer by resetting it:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Search.searchddn.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Search.searchddn.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Search.searchddn.com from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Search.searchddn.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase Search.searchddn.com 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 Search.searchddn.com 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Search.searchddn.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Search.searchddn.com from Google Chrome

If Google Chrome's start page and search provider has been compromised, follow these steps to revert back the changes:

  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 Search.searchddn.com 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Search.searchddn.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Search.searchddn.com 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 Search.searchddn.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Search.searchddn.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Search.searchddn.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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