Search.mydrivingdirectionsxp.com is one of the browser hijacker clones that have hit the web lately. You need to be cautious if you notice this search engine in your browsers. Fortunately, it is not hard to spot if your computer has been infected with a browser hijacker. It is quite conspicuous since it will change your home page, new tab page as well as your default search provider settings in your browsers. The biggest problem with this hijacker, apart from the fact that it may simply appear without your permission, is that you cannot trust any of its third-party services as these may introduce you to questionable and therefore potentially dangerous web content. Since this search engine will haunt you from every aspect of your browsers, you cannot escape this kind of exposure. That is why it is important that your remove Search.mydrivingdirectionsxp.com as soon as possible. The longer you leave this hijacker on board, the more chances there will be for you to be scammed by cyber criminals by landing on their pages.
We have discovered that this search engine is an identical clone of Search.myshoppingxp.com, Search.easysportsaccess.com, and Search.myrecipesxp.com. However, this search engine offers you free driving directions and maps through third-party website links for a change that you can access from its fake toolbar. You can find the official, promotional site at mydrivingdirectionsxp.com where you can directly install this tool. But we do not believe that too many users find this site at all. One way to end up on this site would be to search for this tool, for example, in Google and find it among the search results and click on the link. However, it is again not very likely that too many users would click that link because what you will find in the search results is more like pages that advise you to remove Search.mydrivingdirectionsxp.com as a browser hijacker.
What is more likely to happen is that you download this tool in a freeware bundle from a shady shareware or torrent site. Millions of users look for free tools and application every day. No wonder that the number of questionable freeware sites grow like mushrooms. But these sites host questionable bundles, which may contain malware infections. Obviously, they will not be promoted as dangerous and harmful infections. There will be no warnings saying: “Do not click this button, or else you may infect your computer!” Therefore, you are better off not visiting unfamiliar websites because you can even accidentally click on malicious links there. And if you do so, you will have to delete Search.mydrivingdirectionsxp.com and find all other infections because leaving them on your computer may turn your operating system upside down before long. It is also important to note that certain malicious sites can also run a code in the background that can infect your system with dangerous Trojans, Rootkits, and virtually any kind of malware. By simply visiting such a site you may doom your computer.
In order to detect malware infections on your computer, you can use different methods. Obviously, the easiest, most efficient, and most convenient is the use of a professional antimalware tool, but you can also use a free online malware scanner. The latter, however, can only be used for detecting threats. If you want to eliminate them, you will still need a reliable security tool, unless you are an IT expert who knows how to fight all the infections without causing more harm or even irreparable damage to your OS. You can also find the less dangerous infections, such as adware apps, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs if you check the installed programs list in Control Panel. Another place to look for uninvited “guests” is the extension lists of your browsers.
Yet another important thing to know about this browser hijacker is that it does not show its own search results. This search engine is simply a tool that uses third-party services exclusively. But you cannot trust anything that has anything to do with this browser hijacker. It can manipulate the search result, for example, and display sponsored links instead of normal search results. This search engine is about generating revenue through third-party marketing and not about providing you with the best and fastest search technology. Therefore, it is totally useless to keep this tool. You should delete Search.mydrivingdirectionsxp.com if you want to restore the previous security level on your computer.
If you are ready to fight this battle manually, please use our instructions below to assist you in your endeavor. First, run the uninstaller in Control Panel, and then reset the modifications in the browsers that are untouched by the uninstaller. Keep in mind that the best protection is always an automated solution. By installing a trustworthy antimalware application you could have peace of mind and you could feel safe every time you switch on your computer or go online surfing the web.
Search.mydrivingdirectionsxp.com Removal from Windows
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