- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
DirectionsAce Toolbar is a browser extension compatible with Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer web browsers. Although this toolbar provides links to different sites, it is identical to FlightSearch Toolbar, PConverter Toolbar, InkRevealed Toolbar, and hundreds of other toolbars developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. This company is not considered malicious; however, the programs created by it do not have the best reputation. We have reviewed the removal of most of Mindspark programs, and this report discusses the removal of DirectionsAce Toolbar. Please continue reading if you are interested in this topic.
Let’s talk about the distribution of DirectionsAce Toolbar. How was this program installed onto your PC? Did you install it from free.directionsace.com/index.jhtml? Maybe it was installed as an additional offer along with other programs? In any case, it is likely that Ask Search has followed it. Although this strange toolbar promotes Ask Search, the search tools installed onto your browsers are only powered by Ask. The search results shown are modified to promote the services and products Mindspark might be paid to promote, and this might be a reason to delete DirectionsAce Toolbar from your PC. There is no doubt that the authentic Ask search provider is much more beneficial than the one offered by this toolbar, which is why we suggest removing it and then applying the desired search provider.
Are you happy with the services provided by DirectionsAce Toolbar? This toolbar includes a search box that represents Ask Search (in case you disagreed to install it), as well as links to sites that provide links to Maps, Traffic Maps, Gas Prices, and Things to Do. DirectionsAce Toolbar might seem like a useful travel planner, but it is more than that. This toolbar can also be regarded as a data collector. The more information this program records – and it can do that using HTTP cookies – the more valuable it is to third-party advertisers. Malicious parties have been known to present themselves as authentic and reliable advertisers, which might help them access sensitive information. Due to this, we advise removing suspicious data-tracking cookies.
Was DirectionsAce Toolbar installed along with other toolbars? This is uncommon, but not impossible. Needless to say, it is uncomfortable to have multiple browsers crammed into one screen. The worst part is that all of these toolbars might start showing different pop-up notifications regarding their services. If third-party software is installed alongside, the entire experience becomes even messier. Our researchers warn that you might have to delete DirectionsAce Toolbar-related malware as this toolbar – as well as other Mindspark toolbars – have been found to travel in malicious bundles.
You can uninstall DirectionsAce Toolbar if you use Internet Explorer. If this toolbar is installed on other browsers, you will have to remove appropriate extensions. When it comes to the potentially unwanted search tools, you can eliminate them by replacing them with the search tools you know you can trust. What about the removal of DirectionsAce Toolbar-related malware. If it exists, it is wise to send automatic malware removal software to catch and delete it from your Windows operating system.
Remove DirectionsAce Toolbar and Ask tools
Remove from Windows 10 or Windows 8.1/8:
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