What Is Direct Search
Direct Search has been classified as a browser hijacker that may perform different types of unwanted activities on your computer. This software is well known for entering your computer without your consent and modifying different aspects of your web browser with the primary goal to show many forms of different ads. The main idea of this activity is to generate profits to the people who have created this app via monetizing the advertisements. And since these people do not care what sites these ads land your computer to, they may end up transferring your browser to risky websites. This is why it is strongly reccomended to focus on removing Direct Search from your machine.
Direct Search Summary
|Type||Browser Hijacker / PUP|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your computer.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Direct Search.|
Direct Search – How Does It Work?
The primary way Direct Search functions is it modifies your web browser so that you could start seeing a lot of ad content. This behavior is typical for browser hijackers we have recently written about, like Private Home, Soap2Day and 1337x.to.
Direct Search may enter your computer by being optionally included to the setups of other free software. Such setups often include apps, like Direct Search added as a free extra if you encounter it during installation. These setups often belong to free media players, file conversion apps and other freeware.
Once Direct Search has already infected your computer, this program may begin to set up different types of adware activities on your app. They include modifying your web browser so that you may start seeing different redirects to web pages that may be potentially undesirable. Direct Search may also change your default search pages, home and new tab pages to its own one.
Once Direct Search is in your browser and computer, it may start showing you the following ads in an interrupting manner:
- Ad-supported results that appear when you search for something.
- Highlighted text promotions.
- Pop-up windows.
- Browser redirection adverts.
- Banner ads.
- Push notifications.
Direct Search can use a number of tracking technologies on your computer, some of which may be utilized so that the following information can be gathered from you:
- Websites you have bookmarked.
- Your last visited web pages.
- Any online clicks made.
- Your personal browsing history.
Direct Search can also lead to the following types of risky websites, such as:
- Malicious URLs, containing malware.
- Phishing pages designed to steal your personal details.
- Scam websites or pages.
- Tech Support scams
- Fake surveys.
These websites are the main reason why apps, like Direct Search hijacker are considered potentially dangerous and shound be removed from your computer immedtiately.
Remove Direct Search from Your Computer
To be able to remove Direct Search completely from your machine, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal guide that is posted beneath this article. It has been created with the primary goal to help you delete this software from your computer and browser. Furthermore, we strongly recommend that for a more effective removal you download and run a scan of your computer, using an advanced anti-malware software. Such a program is designed to scan for and remove any forms of viruses and adware and protect your device in the future, too.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Direct Search from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Direct Search on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Direct Search in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Direct Search from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Direct Search from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Direct Search from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Direct Search from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Direct Search Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Direct Search from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Direct Search
Step 2: Uninstall Direct Search and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Direct Search on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Direct Search there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Direct Search from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Direct Search and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Direct Search via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Direct Search files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Direct Search, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Direct Search from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Direct Search from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Direct Search from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Direct Search from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Direct Search will be removed.
Eliminate Direct Search from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Direct Search from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".