Remove DirectionsWhiz Toolbar

By | Posted on December 1, 2016 |

DirectionsWhiz Toolbar is a browser extension that claims to give you quick directions to reach your destination easily. Computer users typically acquire this adware from malicious software bundles. It is packed to freeware, which normally serves from unknown web servers.

In most instances, computer users are unaware on the installation of DirectionsWhiz. This PUP is added to the browser without seeking for user’s authorization. The same way it makes changes on default browser settings, user’s permission is not required. DirectionsWhiz integrates toolbar and other components like buttons and links. There are also promotional objects that intend to endorsed programs and online services.

The main objective of DirectionsWhiz Toolbar is to replace the default search engine. This may affect search tool, homepage, and new tab. It is also on this altered homepage that DirectionsWhiz may be able to let user optimized web browsing experience by convincing them to use additional features.

Security experts deemed DirectionsWhiz Toolbar PUP or Adware, not a virus as most users conceived. Main goal of this program is to deliver ads and promote software that aspire to gain revenue for its developers. Files and registry entries dropped by DirectionsWhiz Toolbar are not so harmful, although they are annoying when incorporated to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

directionswhiz

Getting rid of  DirectionsWhiz Toolbar can be done by simply disabling add-on, extension, or plug-in it has dropped on the computer. In addition, you also need to uninstall the program from Windows Control Panel if Internet Explorer is affected. For a complete guide, please see the removal section on this page.

Online Security Scanner Report for free.directionswhiz.com:

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 Dec. 01, 2016
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AVG Threat Labs Currently Safe Feedback: No data Dec. 01, 2016

How to Remove DirectionsWhiz Toolbar

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.

Step 1 : Use Add/Remove program of Windows to Uninstall DirectionsWhiz Toolbar

The main cause of pop-up ads and coupons could be software that you may have installed on the computer. We need to uninstall the culprit program.

1. Click Windows Start button. Next, select Control Panel from the list. Alternatively, press Windows key + R on keyboard and run appwiz.cpl command.

2. Find the ‘Programs‘ area and click on Uninstall a program. This opens up a window showing existing software installed.

Uninstall DirectionsWhiz Toolbar

3. Look for and remove DirectionsWhiz Toolbar, MyWay, or MindSpark entry. If not present, look for any suspicious labels that was installed recently.

4. Click on Uninstall to start removing the program.

Step 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.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to DirectionsWhiz Toolbar. 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.

Step 3: Remove Adware Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted DirectionsWhiz Toolbar 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 DirectionsWhiz Toolbar on the affected browser.

Step 4: Remove DirectionsWhiz Extension and Add-on

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

Remove DirectionsWhiz Toolbar from Google Chrome

Option 1 – Delete Malicious Extension from Chrome Browser

One way to remove DirectionsWhiz Toolbar from Google Chrome is simply to delete the Extension. Please follow these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type the following in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard: chrome://extensions

3. On Extensions window, please delete DirectionsWhiz by clicking on Trash icon.

DirectionsWhiz Toolbar Chrome Extension

4. Google Chrome will prompt for the confirmation of DirectionsWhiz removal. Please click on Remove button to proceed.

Remove DirectionsWhiz Toolbar Chrome Extension5. You may now restart Chrome browser.

Option 2 – Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from DirectionsWhiz. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. In the address bar please type the this string: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter on keyboard.

3. Scroll down, then click Show advanced settings

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see Reset Settings section.

5. Click on Reset Settings button. If it prompts for confirmation, please click Reset to proceed.

Google Chrome Reset

This function will reset your home page, new tab page, search engine, and other areas affected by DirectionsWhiz Toolbar. Unwanted extensions will also be removed from the browser. This will not affect your bookmarks, history, and other saved data. You may also download Software Removal Tool from this page. A stand-alone reset tool from Google Chrome but with more advanced Adware scanner feature.

Remove DirectionsWhiz Toolbar from Firefox

Option 1 – Delete Add-on from Firefox Browser

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. On the address bar, type the following strings and press Enter on keyboard: about:addons

3. Under Add-ons Manager, look for DirectionsWhiz and click associated Remove button. See image below for reference.

DirectionsWhiz Toolbar Firefox Extension

4. Firefox will confirm your actions by clicking Yes. Please make sure that you have selected to Remove the home page and restore my previous setting.

Delete DirectionsWhiz Toolbar Firefox Extension

5. You may now restart Firefox browser.

Option 2 – Refresh Mozilla Firefox

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to DirectionsWhiz. 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 removal of add-on from Firefox.

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. DirectionsWhiz Toolbar should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Remove DirectionsWhiz Toolbar from Internet Explorer

DirectionsWhiz Toolbar loads on Internet Explorer when you install the main program. Therefore, uninstalling it from Add/Remove Programs (Step 1) should also remove its extension from the browser. If in case DirectionsWhiz Toolbar still exists, please restore Internet Explorer settings to its default value.

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 in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by DirectionsWhiz Toolbar and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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