Remove Direct Search Site (

By | Posted on June 16, 2016 | Updated on June 20, 2016

Home page redirecting to Direct Search Site or is made possible by adware infection. Homepage hijackers such as this is operating an unknown search engine that can be risky on the system. Direct Search Site can take over and control new page and homepage settings. Thus, if this unwanted search engine is present on your home page, it is a sign that adware already made changes to your browser. Replacing the default search engine is a common tactic by adware makers. It is through this scheme that they can be able to supply excessive pop-up ads and generate huge amount of profits in return. With too much ads showing up and system performance crashing, most user regard the presence of Direct Search Site as some kind of virus infection.

Direct Search Site or any homepage hijacker is only tagged as adware. They are not computer virus. Even if most adware have traits like a virus, they are not made to be infectious. In fact, Direct Search Site does not spread on its own. It requires manual setup to run on the computer. Adware authors are bundling this adware to third-party software. While installing the program, Direct Search Site also loaded secretly even without user’s consent.

Shareware, free games, tools, fake updates, and dubious media players are normal sources of Direct Search Site. These products are accessible from various web sites and file-sharing networks. There are also traces of distribution over social media sites with scammers using doubtful links. Regardless of how this adware enters your computer, the effect of Direct Search Site is very is inconvenient to your online browsing activities.

Direct Search Site

Online Security Scanner Report for

Norton SafeWeb No issues Community Rating: 0.0 June 16, 2016
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AVG Threat Labs Currently Safe Feedback: No data June 16, 2016

Direct Search Site Browser Hijacker Removal Procedure

This section contains comprehensive guide to help you remove threats from the affected computer.

It is highly suggested that you carry out all the steps in exact manner to effectively get rid of malware.

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

This rootkit and virus removal tool is free and easy to use. It scans, detects and removes any rootkit, malware as well as threat like Direct Search Site home page hijacker. The tool is powerful enough to find malicious items that are hidden on the computer.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file to your Desktop so that we can access the file easily.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. After downloading, navigate to the file location and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.


3. On initial launch of the program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.


4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before Sophos Virus Removal Tool can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.


5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display InstallShield Wizard Completed. Just leave the Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool with a check mark. Then, click Finish.

6. The tool will download necessary updates so Internet connection is required at this point. Lastly, Sophos Virus Removal Tool displays the welcome screen.


7. Click on Start Scanning button to begin checking the system for presence of rootkit and virus. The tool reveals items that were found linked to Direct Search Site. It also detects and removes other malicious files.


Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.


4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to Direct Search Site. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Stage 3: Remove Direct Search Site Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted Direct Search Site from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of Direct Search Site on the affected browser.

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from Direct Search Site

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with Direct Search Site. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to Direct Search Site. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual add-on removal from this link.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Reset Firefox to its default state. Click the Reset Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Reset Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. Direct Search Site home page hijacker should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.

2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.

IE Reset

3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference.

Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain it the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by Direct Search Site and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see view instructions here.

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