What is EasyDirections.org? And how does it function?
EasyDirections.org is a browser extension that functions as a program that provides users with maps and driving directions. It supposedly gives users detailed instructions on how to get to a place which is the same as Google Maps. You might find this browser extension useful but it’s really not as useful as you think. In fact, it is tagged as a browser hijacker by security experts as it hijacks browsers and modifies their default settings without consent from users.
So if you install EasyDirections.org, it will change the default settings in your browser immediately without you knowing. This affects the default homepage, new tab page and search engine in your browser. Whenever you browse the internet, you will often experience redirects to websites affiliated to EasyDirections.org as well as encounter pesky ads like in-text links, banners and pop-ups. Moreover, it also monitors your online activities in order to obtain browsing information such as:
- Type of browser you use
- OS version
- Time and date stamp
- Landing page
- Search queries
- IP addresses
- Browser information
- Operating system information
- URLs, HTML and the content of web pages you visit
- Computer data, such as installed programs and running processes/services
How is EasyDirections.org disseminated over the web?
EasyDirections.org can be found in the Chrome Web Store. It can also be found in its official website. In addition, it is also found to be disseminated using software bundles on free sharing sites. Software bundling is the most common distribution method used by browser hijackers so it’s no wonder that EasyDirections.org is also distributed using the same method.
Remove EasyDirections.org from your computer and browser with the help of the following removal guide.
Step 1: Close the browser infected with EasyDirections.org but if you are unable to do so, you can close it via Task Manager. Tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager and from there, end the browser’s process.
Step 2: Afterwards, you have to flush the DNS cache. To do that, just, right click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (administrator). From there, type the “ipconfig /flushdns” command and hit Enter to flush the DNS.
Step 3: After that, restart your computer and then open all the browsers infected by EasyDirections.org. Reset all the affected browsers to default to their default state.
- Open Google Chrome, then tap the Alt + F keys.
- After that, click on Settings.
- Next, scroll down until you see the Advanced option, once you see it, click on it.
- After clicking the Advanced option, go to the “Restore and clean up option and click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” option to reset Google Chrome.
- Now restart Google Chrome.
- Open Mozilla Firefox and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
- In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
- Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
- Select Options and then move to the General menu.
- Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section and then restart the browser.
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Next, click the wrench icon for Settings.
- Then click Internet Options.
- After that, go to the Advanced tab.
- From there, click the Reset button. This will reset Internet Explorer’s settings to their default condition.
- Now click OK to save the changes made.
- Restart your computer.
Step 4: Next, tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box and type “appwiz.cpl” in the field and press Enter to open the Programs and Features in Control Panel.
Step 5: From the list of programs installed, look for EasyDirections.org or any unfamiliar program that could be related to it under the list of installed programs and once you’ve found it, uninstall it.
Step 6: Edit your Hosts File.
- Tap the Win + R keys to open then type in %WinDir% and then click OK.
- Go to System32/drivers/etc.
- Open the hosts file using Notepad.
- Delete all the entries that contain EasyDirections.org.
- After that, save the changes you’ve made and close the file.
Step 7: Hold down Windows + E keys simultaneously to open File Explorer.
Step 8: Navigate to the following directories and look for suspicious files associated to the browser hijacker such as the software bundle it came with and delete it/them.
Step 9: Close the File Explorer.
Step 10: Empty the contents of Recycle Bin.
Refer to the advanced instructions given below to ensure the removal of EasyDirections.org as well as all the file residues it left behind.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.