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


Search.searchfdf.com is a questionable search website that can show up in your browsers after you install a browser extension called Find Directions Fast or a malicious software bundle. If you want to have quick links to online maps and directions, we do not advise you to use this tool because it may present to you potentially harmful third-party content. As a matter of fact, we have classified it as a browser hijacker due to its capability to change the homepage and default search engine settings. Hijacking does not necessarily mean that this happens without your permission, even though it is possible that you do not notice giving it. We believe that only few users would really install this tool knowingly and officially, if it is possible at all. Unfortunately, it is more likely that this browser hijacker enters your computer with other malware infections. Therefore, you should not take its presence lightly. In fact, we advise you to remove Search.searchfdf.com right now along with all other infections you may find on board.

Unlike many of its peers, this browser hijacker actually has its own promotional webpage at finddirectionsfast.com. This is a rather simple page where you cannot even download or install this extension. Although there is a big “Get Started Now” button, for some reason it does not seem to function. So, as a matter of fact, there is no way for you to download it officially. How come it can still appear on your computer? Obviously, there has to be an alternative channel through which this browser hijacker can infect unsuspecting users. This channel is called software bundling.

The biggest issue with bundles is that cyber crooks can use them to spread malware infections and potentially unwanted programs. All of these threats are actually capable of making your virtual security more vulnerable through exposure to unsafe websites, content, as well as cyber criminals (online scams). Therefore, it may come in handy to understand how you can infect your computer with such bundles. The most common way in general is to click on any unreliable web content, including third-party ads (banner, pop-up) and links. Such content can come from malware infections that can already be on your system, such as adware apps and browser hijackers, or from shady websites promoting an annoying number of potentially harmful third-party ads. Such webpages are usually freeware, torrent, gaming, and porn sites. It takes only one click for you to drop a bundle of threats onto your machine. So if you may have visited such sites or clicked on suspicious ads lately, we advise you to delete Search.searchfdf.com from and scan your system with a reliable online malware scanner to find out about the level of infection on your computer.

When you install this browser hijacker, it changes the homepage and default search engine settings in your browsers to either Search.searchfdf.com or home.searchfdf.com depending on your browser. This infection mainly affects the three most popular browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. This way you can be introduced to potentially unsafe content every time you open one of these browsers or run a web search in them. This browser hijacker uses a redirection to display search results to you. Thus, do not be surprised to find yourself on a modified Yahoo results page that may contain unreliable ads and links promoted by this hijacker since this is the only way it can actually generate income. This is the usual downside of “free tools” because in a way you do have to pay the price; and it could be a risky one, too.

What if cyber criminals can exploit this hijacker and pose as third parties? What if they can misuse the information this browser extension can gather about your online activities and show you relevant ads and links that you are more likely to click on. However, if you do click, you may end up on undesirable websites that are operated by crooks. If you do not wish to get scammed out of your money or lose your personally identifiable information to criminals, you should remove Search.searchfdf.com right now.

It is possible that you can find an uninstaller in the installed programs list in Control Panel. Unfortunately, it may not clean up all the mess even if there is one. Therefore, it may also be necessary for you to reset your browsers if you find any leftovers. We have included instructions for these steps below this article. You can easily follow these and clean your computer of this useless tool even if you are not an advanced user. But you cannot forget about the potential other infections because those could cause further damage and vulnerability. We recommend that you download and install an authentic malware removal application to fully and automatically protect your computer.

How to remove Search.searchfdf.com from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the uninstaller and press Remove.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Press Win+R and type in control panel. Press OK.
  2. Pick Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the uninstaller and press Uninstall.

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

  1. Press Win+X and choose Programs and Features.
  2. Select the uninstaller and press Uninstall.

How to remove Search.searchfdf.com from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down again and click Reset settings.
  4. Click Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Refresh Firefox and click Refresh Firefox again.
  3. Press Finish.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and go to Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Tick the Delete personal settings checkbox.
  4. Press Reset and press Close.
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