MyMapDirections Browser Hijacker

Also Known As: search.searchmmd.com redirect
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Search.searchmmd.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.searchmmd.com?

MyMapDirections is promoted as an app that helps to find maps, directions and check traffic updates in real time. In fact, most people download and install MyMapDirections inadvertently. It is, therefore, categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). This is a browser hijacker that changes browser settings (thereby promoting the search.searchmmd.com fake search engine) and collects information relating to users' browsing activities.

search.searchmmd.com browser hijacker

Apps of this type change browsers settings such as homepage, default search engine and new tab URL. In this particular case, MyMapDirections assigns them to search.searchmmd.com, a fake search engine that provides no unique search results. When a search query is entered into search.searchmmd.com, it simply opens search.yahoo.com (a legitimate search engine by Yahoo) and displays results produced by this search engine. Therefore, this search engine is useless, however, people who have MyMapDirections app installed are forced to visit or use it, since the search.searchmmd.com address is opened when a browser/new tab is opened or a search query is entered into the URL bar. That is how this browser hijacker promotes the fake search engine. The aforementioned settings cannot be changed or undone until MyMapDirections is uninstalled. You should remove this app, since most apps of this type gather browsing-related information such as IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, and other similar data that might include personal details. Furthermore, people who develop browser hijackers often share gathered data with other parties (often, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Using these apps might cause privacy, browsing safety issues or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name MyMapDirections
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) My Map Directions, Maps
Supposed Functionality GPS functionality.
Promoted URL search.searchmmd.com
Serving IP Address (search.searchmmd.com) 52.2.224.126
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). Users are forced to visit the 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 dubious websites.
Removal

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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 online. Some examples are Fast Weather App, Easy Speed Test App, and Mega Media Start. These software programs are categorized as PUAs. They provide none of the features/tools promised and only cause problems.

How did MyMapDirections install on my computer?

In some cases, potentially unwanted applications can be downloaded from supposedly official websites, however, most people download and install them by clicking intrusive advertisements or when software developers trick them by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They bundle (include) unwanted apps into set-ups of other software that people with to download/install intentionally. They hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other options or settings of software set-ups and hope that users will not check them, thus allowing unwanted apps to be downloaded/installed, however, this only happens if setup settings are left unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not use Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrents, eMule, unofficial/dubious pages and other similar sources to download software. The safest way to achieve this is using official, trustworthy websites sources and direct download links. The installation and download processes should be handled properly - check all available setup options ("Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and so on) and deselect offers to download/install additional software before completing the setup. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on untrustworthy website relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. They often cause redirects to potentially malicious/deceptive web pages. If unwanted redirects and ads occur often, check for unknown, unwanted apps (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons) installed on the browser. Remove unwanted entries immediately. 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:

Official MyMapDirections browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting MyMapDirections browser hijacker:

Website used to promote MyMapDirections browser hijacker

Website that is used to promote MyMapDirections app asking to show notifications:

mymapdirections website 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)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

MyMapDirections browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

search.searchmmd.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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 that 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):

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.searchmmd.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing search.searchmmd.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing search.searchmmd.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.searchmmd.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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:

Removing search.searchmmd.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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:

Removing search.searchmmd.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

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 Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.searchmmd.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing search.searchmmd.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing search.searchmmd.com from Mozilla Firefox 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.

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

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