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Remove Search.searchdirmap.com virus (Removal Instructions) - Tutorial

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Stealing programs

What do I need to know about Search.searchdirmap.com hijacker?

Search.searchdirmap.com virus presents a search engine that provides some shortcuts to websites providing directions and maps. However, although this potentially unwanted program – browser hijacker[1] pretends to be a trustworthy and beneficial program, you shouldn’t fall for its promised and not agree to install it. If you accidentally did, we suggest you remove Search.searchdirmap.com hijacker, because it brings nothing good but another suspicious search tool created by SaferBrowser company. This company is known for its efforts to employ annoying freeware[2] programs to generate pay-per-click revenue[3] using unsuspecting victims who install these freeware applications unknowingly. The indicated browser hijacker is meant to change browser’s settings and insert a certain URL into homepage and new tab page settings in the browser. The user doesn’t notice changes in the settings until it re-opens the affected web browser.

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Questions about Search.searchdirmap.com virus

At first, the new homepage and new tab page don’t seem dangerous in any way; however, users should not underestimate them or consider them trustworthy. These websites provide a search tool that mainly integrates third-party links into all search results. The main goal is to convince the victim click on these results because then the author of this spyware program gets a bit of income instantly. These clicks will simply stage a redirect, which leads the victim to a pre-determined site on the internet to increase its popularity. However, these sites can be dangerous, provide malicious downloads, or simply advertise spyware-type programs, and nobody wants to install that. To protect yourself from redirections leading to vague sites and other dangers that might await you there, we suggest you remove Search.searchdirmap.com redirect virus instantly using ReimageIntego or Malwarebytes software. Or, if you are ready to spend some more time, read Search.searchdirmap.com removal tutorial that is provided below and then try to delete this hijacker manually.

How to prevent browser hijacking?

If you do not want to allow suspicious programs like Search.searchdirmap.com hijack your computer system silently, better pay close attention to the information provided within software installers. Even if you just downloaded a free game, it can appear to be bundleware[4] that contains a potentially unwanted program, which will be installed on your system silently. To avoid installing such programs, one must deselect the agreements to install additional software. These agreements are typically hidden under Advanced/Custom settings, so it won’t be hard to find them. Just make sure you do not leave the Default or Standard installation mode on!

I am ready to remove Search.searchdirmap.com. How do I do that?

There is no reason to suffer from some suspicious ad-supported[5] program, so you should dedicate some time for its elimination procedure as soon as you can. If you are ready to remove Search.searchdirmap.com virus finally, simply decide how you want to do it. As always, we suggest using anti-malware or anti-spyware applications for spyware and malware removal, but you can try to remove Search.searchdirmap.com virus manually, too. If you do not feel confident enough about your malware-removal skills, opt for automatic Search.searchdirmap.com removal option. No matter which removal option you choose, be careful, and do not forget to install programs using Advanced/Custom settings the next time. 

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.searchdirmap.com virus, follow these steps:

Remove Search.searchdirmap.com from Windows systems

Your browser is contaminated with a spyware-type application, which leaves tracking cookies, extensions, and other components in your browser. You have to find them all and remove them. What is more, you must clean your browser shortcuts using instructions presented below.

To remove Search.searchdirmap.com virus from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Search.searchdirmap.com virus (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Search.searchdirmap.com from Mac OS X system

Remove Search.searchdirmap.com virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Search.searchdirmap.com virus-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.searchdirmap.com virus, 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.searchdirmap.com virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Search.searchdirmap.com virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Search.searchdirmap.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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.searchdirmap.com virus 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.searchdirmap.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Search.searchdirmap.com virus 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.searchdirmap.com virus-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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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

Uninstall Search.searchdirmap.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Search.searchdirmap.com virus and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Search.searchdirmap.com virus did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Search.searchdirmap.com virus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Search.searchdirmap.com from Google Chrome

In Chrome, look for suspicious toolbars meant to show you “directions & maps.” You might find extensions called SaferBrowser as well. Click the Trash button next to them and when a pop-up message asking for verification appears, verify your decision.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Search.searchdirmap.com virus by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Search.searchdirmap.com virus in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Search.searchdirmap.com virus-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Search.searchdirmap.com virus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Search.searchdirmap.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Search.searchdirmap.com virus and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Search.searchdirmap.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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  1. Febi says:
    January 19th, 2017 at 10:08 am

    thanks, removed it! 🙂

  2. Leili says:
    January 19th, 2017 at 10:08 am

    This annoying extension hopped in my browser all of sudden … Strange

  3. Muse says:
    January 19th, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Reimage did remove it! Thanks a lot for recommending it!

  4. perez3892 says:
    January 19th, 2017 at 10:09 am

    great, i though that i will never get rid of this nasty hijacker.

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