Search.searchmmd.com redirect removal instructions
What is search.searchmmd.com?
MyMapDirections is promoted as an app which helps its users to find various maps, directions and check traffic updates in real time. However, it is very likely that most people download and install MyMapDirections unwillingly, for this reason it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Besides, it is categorized as a browser hijacker, it changes browser's settings (promotes the search.searchmmd.com fake search engine) and collects information related to user's browsing activities
It is known that most apps of this type change browsers settings such as homepage, default search engine and URL of a new tab. In this particular case MyMapDirections changes them to search.searchmmd.com. It is a fake search engine that does not provide its users with any individual search results. When a search query into search.searchmmd.com is entered, it simply opens search.yahoo.com (a legitimate search engine by Yahoo) and displays results produced by this search engine. It makes the aforementioned search engine completely useless. However, people who have MyMapDirections app installed are forced to visit and/or use it because the search.searchmmd.com address gets opened every time a user opens a browser, new tab in it or enters a search query into URL bar. That is how this browser hijacker promotes its fake search engine. The aforementioned settings cannot be changed or undone, not until MyMapDirections is uninstalled. Another reason to uninstall it is that most apps of this type gather browsing-related information. They gather IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations and other similar information that might include personal data too. Furthermore, people who develop browser hijackers often share gathered data with other parties (sometimes cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Usage of such apps might cause privacy, browsing safety issues or even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||My Map Directions, Maps|
|Supposed Functionality||GPS functionality.|
|Serving IP Address (search.searchmmd.com)||188.8.131.52|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Detection Names (*-19667595.exe)||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), BitDefender (a variant of Win32/WinWrapper.V potentially unwanted), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of Win32/WinWrapper.V potentially unwanted), Kaspersky (not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.|
To eliminate search.searchmmd.com redirect our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
MyMapDirections is promoted as a useful and legitimate app, however, it is still a browser hijacker that developers use to generate revenue. There are many other apps of this type out there, some examples are Fast Weather App, Easy Speed Test App and Mega Media Start. Software of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted apps, it is very common that they do not provide their users with any promised features, tools and cause only problems.
How did MyMapDirections install on my computer?
In some cases potentially unwanted applications can be downloaded from supposedly official websites. Nevertheless, most people download and install them either by clicking intrusive advertisements or when software developers trick them into it by using deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They bundle (include) unwanted apps into setups of some other software that people usually download/install intentionally. They hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other options or settings of desired software's setups and hope that users will not check them and allow unwanted apps to be downloaded/installed as well. However, it happens only when all setup's settings are left unchanged.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
We do not recommend to use Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrents, eMule, unofficial/questionable pages and other similar sources to download software. Safest way to achieve it is using official and trustworthy websites sources, and direct download links. Installation and download processes should be handled properly, it means that all available setup's options (like "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and so on) should be checked and offers to download/install additional software deselected before completing the setup. Furthermore, we do not recommend to click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on untrustworthy website related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on. They often cause redirects to potentially malicious and/or deceptive pages. If unwanted redirects and ads occur often, then we recommend to check if there are no unknown, unwanted apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) installed on a browser. If there are any, they should be removed as soon as possible. This also applies to unwanted programs installed on the computer (operating system). If your computer is already infected with MyMapDirections, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
MyMapDirections browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting MyMapDirections browser hijacker:
Website that is used to promote MyMapDirections app asking to show notifications:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic removal of search.searchmmd.com redirect:
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 search.searchmmd.com redirect. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is search.searchmmd.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MyMapDirections application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.searchmmd.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MyMapDirections browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.searchmmd.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.searchmmd.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
MyMapDirections browser hijacker 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 any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "My Map Directions"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.searchmmd.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
MyMapDirections browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):
Video showing how to remove MyMapDirections browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):
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 any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.searchmmd.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "My Map Directions".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.searchmmd.com redirect, 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 "My Map Directions" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "My Map Directions", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.searchmmd.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "search.searchmmd.com" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.searchmmd.com redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "MyMapDirections" (or simply "Maps"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "MyMapDirections" or simply "Maps", remove hxxp://search.searchmmd.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.searchmmd.com redirect 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 and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
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".
Change your homepage:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.
Change your default search engine:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".
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 did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.searchmmd.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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