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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

DirectionsAce Toolbar

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:

  1. Launch the RUN dialog box by tapping Win+R on your keyboard.
  2. Enter Control Panel to open a menu and then move to Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the program you want to delete and select Uninstall.

Remove from Windows 7 or Windows Vista:

  1. Move the cursor to the Taskbar and click the Windows/Start logo.
  2. Open the Control Panel menu and move to Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the application you wish to get rid of and choose Uninstall.

Remove from Windows XP:

  1. Navigate to the Taskbar and click the Start button on the left.
  2. Open the Control Panel menu and double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Find the program in the Change or Remove Programs list and Remove it.

Remove from Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Manage Add-ons and open the Search Providers menu.
  3. Choose the desired provider, Remove the unwanted provider, and click Close.
  4. Tap Alt+T again and select Internet options.
  5. Click the General tab and move to the Home Page.
  6. Change/delete the Home Page URL and click OK.

Remove from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome and tap Alt+F.
  2. Select More tools, click Extensions, and find the unwanted add-on.
  3. Click the trash icon associated with the unwanted add-on and select Remove.
  4. Move to the menu on the top-right of the page and select Settings.
  5. Go to On Startup, select Open a specific page or set of pages, and click Set pages.
  6. Edit/delete the URL of the startup page and click OK.
  7. Go to Appearance, select Show Home button, and click Change.
  8. Edit/delete the URL of the home page and click OK.
  9. Go to Search, click Manage search engines, and choose the desired search provider.
  10. Find the unwanted search provider, click X on its URL, and click Done.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Options and move to the General menu (on the left).
  3. Delete/edit the Home Page URL.
  4. In the menu on the left click Search.
  5. Remove the unwanted provider and choose/add the desired one.
  6. Tap Alt+T again and select Add-ons.
  7. Go to the Extensions menu and Remove the unwanted add-ons.
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