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Search.searchgmfs3.com (Get Directions Quick) Redirect Removal

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This article aims to help you with the removal of Search.searchgmfs3.com redirect from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of this annoying website in full.

The website Search.searchgmfs3.com presented also as Get Directions Quick is classified as a browser hijacker due to the abusive functionalities that allow it to alter essential browser settings without notifying users or asking them for permission. After it affects the browser it starts to redirect users to its main page during each browsing session. Search.searchgmfs3.com could hijack the settings of the homepage, new tab page and default search engine in all frequently used browsers installed on the compromised PC. As its main purposes are known to be data collection and ad generation it is advisable to remove it completely from the affected browser and system before some issues related to the security of your data and system take the chance to occur.

Threat Summary

Name Search.searchgmfs3.com
Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short Description Search.searchgmfs3.com is the domain of suspicious website that affects commonly used web browsers by modifying the settigns of their homepages and new tab pages. Its rogue search engine hijacks the ones set as default.
Symptoms The homepage and new tab page of affected browsers are set to redirect to the main page of the suspicious Search.searchgmfs3.com (Get Directions Quick) website. Many advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search.searchgmfs3.com – Spread Techniques

The installation code of Search.searchgmfs3.com redirect is likely to be distributed along with various third-party apps available for free download on various websites, forums, and online stores. The installers of such apps often contain the setup code of potentially unwanted programs like Search.searchgmfs3.com and install it by default. It is easy to miss the presence of undesired components if you choose to follow the regular installation steps as they rarely provide information about such additional components adequately. Thus, when you click the Finish button you might end up with an installed PUP along with the desired program. To prevent redirects like Search.searchgmfs3.com from infiltrating the system, it is advisable to select the Advanced or Custom install options during the installation process of a new app. Another tip that could help you to avoid any kind of malware infections is to scan all newly downloaded files with an advanced anti-malware tool that could easily find any suspicious traits. It may come along with a suspicious browser extension or a toolbar that is able to alter browser settings.

Search.searchgmfs3.com may also hijack target browsers after a visit to a compromised web page that is set to install its code in the browser.

It is likely that Search.searchgmfs3.com redirect affects frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

Search.searchgmfs3.com – More Details About the Impact

The website Search.searchgmfs3.com presented also as Get Directions Quick aims to alter specific settings in order to hijack target browsers. So after its code is running on the PC it is likely to modify the homepage, new tab page and default search engine in your preferred browser and then starts to appear during each browsing session.

Below you can see a screenshot of Chrome browser affected by Search.searchgmfs3.com redirect:

Search.searchgmfs3.com Get Directions Quick redirect main page

In fact, the search engine presented by the hijacker is not a real one as it only redirects to Yahoo search results. Its sole purpose is to obtain the data you enter in the field and then send it to its servers. Based on the details that Search.searchgmfs3.com collects from your browser it becomes able to deliver you sponsored content related to your interests. This could be explained by the fact that its owners are able to gain revenue for each ad click a user realizes.

Thus, many intrusive pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, videos and redirects may appear in the affected browser in an attempt to trick you into visiting the websites they promote. The side effects that you may witness are slowed browser performance and page loads, at worst malware infections.

Search.searchgmfs3.com – Privacy Policy

The access to Search.searchgmfs3.com‘s Privacy Policy section is located at the bottom of its main page. The policy section presents information about the company owner as well as data collection practices utilized by their dubious products. In this paragraph, we will reveal the most important points of the policy that reveal what details Search.searchgmfs3.com could obtain from your affected browser.

The redirect is stated to collect both personally and non-personally identifiable information. So as long as it hass access to your browser it is considered that you agree with all the data collection practices described in the policy. So all the details listed below are stored on its servers:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

As a matter of fact, the company owner of Search.searchgmfs3.comPolarity Technologies Ltd is a well-known distributor of numerous browser hijackers that acquire data from online users and send it on its servers. Here are some of the hijackers owned by the same company that our team has recently detected and reported – Search.searchidd.com, Searchbfr.com, Searchfec.com.

The bad news for users that are affected by any of the deceptive services released by Polarity Technologies Ltd is that their systems are exposed at risk of serious malware infections. Since it is not clear whether the company conducts a reliable security check of all websites it promotes through their hijackers there is a great chance that some of the ads mat land you on corrupted web pages that deliver severe malware infections directly on your PC. Furthermore, the records of your data may be disclosed to third-parties of unknown origin.

How to Remove Search.searchgmfs3.com Redirect

The steps listed below will help you to remove Search.searchgmfs3.com redirect completely from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or Safari web browser. The guide that follows will also be helpful for the removal of this nasty program from your Windows system. You will find two removal approaches – manual and automatic. Have in mind that the manual removal steps may not reveal all harmful files dropped on the system. If these files remain on the system you can still experience redirects to Search.searchgmfs3.com during browsing sessions. For maximum protection, it is good to scan the system for some leftovers with certified anti-malware tool.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove Search.searchgmfs3.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.searchgmfs3.com

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Search.searchgmfs3.com 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.searchgmfs3.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Search.searchgmfs3.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Search.searchgmfs3.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of Search.searchgmfs3.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.searchgmfs3.com and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Search.searchgmfs3.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Search.searchgmfs3.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Search.searchgmfs3.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Search.searchgmfs3.com 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Search.searchgmfs3.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Search.searchgmfs3.com 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase Search.searchgmfs3.com 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Search.searchgmfs3.com 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Search.searchgmfs3.com 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.searchgmfs3.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Search.searchgmfs3.com 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.


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