Remove Easy Driving Directions

Easy Driving Directions or Search.searchdirex.com is a suspicious browser extension. It is marketed as a program that provides easy access to online traffic and route information. In addition, it claims to enhance online browsing and searching experience of web users. By incorporating certain features on the browser, Easy Driving Directions asserts to improve search results. With these promising functions, many computer users may patronize this browser extension and have it install on their browser program.

Unfortunately, only few people may recognize that Easy Driving Directions is part of an adware family. Others who have encountered similar threat before can easily recognize that the homepage of Easy Driving Directions, which is Search.searchdirex.com is very similar to those of Easy Converter, Local Weather Alerts, and My Map Directions. Technically, these applications originate from the same group and that is Polarity. Aside from the mentioned names, there are plenty of variants from this clan that emerges as tool for online Weather, Speed Test, Cooking, Coupons, and so on. They can easily persuade web users to download and install the app due to promising features and improvements on the browser. Hence, online users are not aware that these programs have hidden malicious purpose once installed.

Easy Driving Directions is an adware or ad-supported software. Programs from this threat category are exploiting web browser so that adware makers can generate profit. For instances, as soon as the extension is installed, internet software may start to receive many aggressive ads coming from the adware. In addition, Easy Driving Directions will control homepage, new tab, and search engine to manipulate what the browser may display. During the infection, homepage may have additional links that was meant to promote several websites. Doing an online search on the compromised internet browser may also highlight unusual result. Instead of actual links, Search.searchdirex.com may display paid links that is under the pay-per-click scheme, which earns profit for adware makers.

Search.searchdirex.com

To sum up, Easy Driving Directions is a misleading browser extension that do not yields benefit to end user. Therefore, it is suggested to remove Easy Driving Directions adware as soon as possible. Complete guide to eliminate this threat is posted on the next section.

Easy Driving Directions Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised computer.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to Easy Driving Directions.

Remove Easy Driving Directions Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

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

Chrome Extensions

3. Find Easy Driving Directions or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Uninstall Easy Driving Directions Extension from Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Firefox Extensions

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to Easy Driving Directions and remove it from the browser.

Delete Easy Driving Directions Extension from Safari

Remove Easy Driving Directions Add-ons from Internet Explorer

1. Open Internet Explorer program.

2. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries of Easy Driving Directions from Toolbars and Extension and Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If Easy Driving Directions is still present on the IE browser, another option is to remove the adware from Windows Control Panel.

5. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

6. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on ‘Installed On‘ column.

Add-Remove Malware

7. Select Easy Driving Directions or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of Easy Driving Directions on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by Easy Driving Directions.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to Easy Driving Directions.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Stage 3: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

Lastly, we will scan the computer with a multi-function security program. This will inspect the computer for possible presence of virus, malware, rootkit, adware as well as unwanted homepage like Easy Driving Directions.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. Once the download completes, browse the location of the file. Double-click to run the program and begin the install process. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

Sophos-exe

3. On first windows of installation wizard, click Next to continue. Then, it will display the program’s License Agreement. You need to Accept the terms in order to proceed.

4. On succeeding windows, click Next or Continue to carry on with the installation. After completing the installation process, Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool.

5. Internet connection is required when running this scanner in order to download important updates. Make sure that everything is up-to-date to effectively remove malicious program like Easy Driving Directions.

6. Click the  button to  carry out the Scan. This will check the system for presence of malicious objects, malware, and viruses. The tool reveals items that were found linked to Easy Driving Directions and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

Sophos Virus Scanner

Stage 4: Remove Search.searchdirex.com Pop-up Notification

These procedures in stopping Search.searchdirex.com pop-up notification may only be effective if relevant extension do not exist on the browser. If ever there is a relevant extension currently installed, this push notification configuration will reinstate during browser start-up. So, make sure that you have removed any malicious extension from the browser before executing the following steps.

For Google Chrome Users

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type the following strings in the address box and press Enter on your keyboard: chrome://settings/content/notifications

3. Navigate to “Allow” section and find Search.searchdirex.com from the list.

Google Chrome Notifications

4. Click on More Actions and select Block from the options.

5. Please restart Google Chrome browser.

For Mozilla Firefox Users

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser program.

2. Type the following strings on address bar and press Enter on keyboard: about:preferences#privacy

3. Under Permissions section, click on Settings button beside Notifications.

4. Look for Search.searchdirex.com and set the status to Block.

Mozilla Firefox Notifications

5. Lastly, click Save Changes and restart Mozilla Firefox browser.

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from Easy Driving Directions

Not all adware and PUP’s are the same. Some cannot be removed by deleting relevant extensions and codes. On this instances, resetting the browser to default configuration is the only best solution. If Easy Driving Directions is still bothering you after completing all the steps above, please execute the procedures below to reset the settings of affected browser program.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Easy Driving Directions

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. Type this strings in the address box: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter on keyboard.

3. Scroll down and expand Advanced settings area.

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

5. Click on Clean Up Computer. On next page, please click FIND to proceed.

Clean Up Computer

This feature of Google Chrome aims to find harmful software and remove it instantly. If unable to delete Easy Driving Directions, the other option is to Reset Google Chrome settings to its original defaults. Just go back to previous page (Clean Up Computer) and reset the settings. See more details on this page.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If Mozilla Firefox is affected by Easy Driving Directions and procedures above were not helpful, we suggest that you carry out these steps. This process can fix the issue by restoring Firefox browser to default factory state. Most browser data will be affected but not bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and internet cookies. Extensions and other installed plug-ins maybe deleted by this function. Therefore, if you wish to remove specific extension only, please see manual add-on removal from this link.

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and type the following in the address bar: about:support

2. Browser will be directed to a page of Troubleshooting Information. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating ‘Give Firefox a Tune Up‘. Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. Confirmation window will pop-up, click Refresh Firefox to continue.

4. The reset process will automatically close the browser and proceed with the restoration. Next, it will display a list of restored data. Easy Driving Directions should be gone by now. Click Finish to close the current window and open a fresh window of Mozilla Firefox.

Post Last Modified On April 21, 2020

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