EasyDirections removal instructions
What is EasyDirections?
Developers promote the EasyDirections app as a tool that allows users to find and use various maps and driving directions directly from their web browsers. This may seem to be a legitimate app, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted, adware-type application (PUA), since most users install it unintentionally. Furthermore, it delivers intrusive ads and collects various data.
Adware-type apps such as EasyDirections gather data such as IP addresses, keystrokes, search queries, URLs of visited websites, and other browsing-related details. Furthermore, these apps also collect personal information that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, having potentially unwanted apps of this type installed can lead to privacy, browsing safety issues, or even more serious problems such as identity theft. These apps deliver intrusive ads - they feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, and so on. The ads are usually displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. They can be annoying, and, once clicked, often redirect to untrustworthy/deceptive websites or even execute scripts designed to download and install other unwanted apps. Thus, clicking them can lead to various system infections. We advise you to uninstall EasyDirections immediately.
|Name||Ads by EasyDirections|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
To eliminate Ads by EasyDirections our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Most adware-type applications are very similar and are designed to serve the same purpose. Some examples of other apps of this type are RinoReader, Yayzap, and SpringFiles. Typically, developers promote them as 'useful apps' capable of providing various features (in this case, maps and driving directions), however, they are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by delivering ads and collecting data. Few apps of this type provide any real value.
How did EasyDirections install on my computer?
EasyDirections has an official download/promotion website, however, these apps are promoted using the "bundling" method (stealth installation of third party apps with regular software) and the aforementioned intrusive advertisements. Software developers use "bundling" to trick people into downloading unwanted apps together with regular software. They achieve this by not disclosing information properly and hiding adware and other PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the installation procedures. Furthrmore, many users often rush these procedures, skip steps, and click various advertisements - behavior that typically leads to inadvertent installation of unwanted apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
We recommend that you avoid using third party software downloaders (peer-to-peer networks such as torrents, and so on) or untrustworthy websites as sources to download software. Download it using official, trustworthy websites and direct links. During the installation process, study "Advanced", "Custom" and other parts of the installation process. Deselect all unwanted applications and only then finish the installation. Also, avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, since these often appear legitimate, but can redirect to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. If you encounter unwanted redirects or ads that redirect you to suspicious websites, check for unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser. Also check the list of installed programs on your computer. If you find any unwanted entries, remove them immediately. If your computer is already infected with EasyDirections, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Instant automatic removal of Ads by EasyDirections:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by EasyDirections. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is EasyDirections?
- STEP 1. Uninstall EasyDirections application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove EasyDirections adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove EasyDirections ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by EasyDirections' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove EasyDirections extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
EasyDirections adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "EasyDirections", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes EasyDirections ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove EasyDirections adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "EasyDirections", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by easydirections, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "EasyDirections", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by easydirections, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "EasyDirections".
Computer users who have problems with ads by easydirections removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by easydirections from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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