Manuals Directory Search browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Manuals Directory Search?
Manuals Directory Search is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker which is designed to promote the search.manualsdirectory-api.org address/fake search engine by modifying browser's settings. It is categorized as PUA because users often download and install browser hijackers unknowingly, unintentionally. It is worthwhile to mention that apps of this type often are designed not only to promote fake search engines but also to collect information related to user's browsing habits/activities.
Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by assigning their address as an address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab so that users would visit them when they open a hijacked browser, new tab and/or enter search queries into URL bar. Manuals Directory Search sets these settings to search.manualsdirectory-api.org. It is common that apps of this type do not allow users to undo or modify the aforementioned settings as long as they are installed. Therefore, in order to stop search.manualsdirectory-api.org (or other unwanted address) from being opened on certain occasions it is required to uninstall Manuals Directory Search (or other unwanted app). It is worthwhile to mention that search.manualsdirectory-api.org is a fake search engine due to the fact that it does not generate any unique results. When used, it redirects users to search.yahoo.com (displays results generated by a legitimate, Yahoo search engine). Although, there are more reasons to uninstall installed apps of this type. Quite often they are designed to collect browsing-related and other data. It is common that browser hijackers gather details like addresses of visited pages, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, and other browsing data. However, some apps of this type may be capable of recording sensitive, personal details as well. The problem with it is that their developers may use collected information to generate revenue by selling to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), or in some other ways. Therefore, having such apps installed may cause problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, and other issues. It is possible that some users may even become victims of identity theft. These are the main reasons why any installed browser hijacker (including Manuals Directory Search) should be uninstalled from a browser and/or operating system right away.
|Name||Manuals Directory Search|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Manuals Directory Search|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to provided a quick access to various manuals-related websites|
|Serving IP Address (search.manualsdirectory-api.org)||220.127.116.11|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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More examples of apps that are classified as browser hijackers too are Precious Bible, Weather Online Now and Free Driver Maps. As a rule, such apps are designed to promote one or another fake search engine and/or collect various data. One way or another, most of them do not deliver any value and can cause various problems. Such software should never be downloaded and installed.
How did Manuals Directory Search install on my computer?
Typically, users download and/or install potentially unwanted applications by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts, or by downloading and/or installing programs that have PUAs included in their setups as additional offers. The second distribution method of PUAs is called "bundling". Developers who use it include unwanted apps in setups of other, mainly free programs and hide information about it in their "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. When users download and install programs without checking (and changing) those settings, they often allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent unwanted apps from being downloaded and/or installed it is recommended not to use third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule) and other similar channels as tools to download or install any software, files. Files and programs should be downloaded only from official pages and via direct links. Also, it is important to check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings before completing downloads and installations. Those settings often mention offers to download and/or install some PUA (or PUAs) and they always can be declined before finishing download and installation processes. One more way to avoid unintentional downloads and/or installations is by not clicking advertisements that appear on questionable, shady websites. Quite often those ads either open other untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads and/or installations. Also, there should not be any suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Manuals Directory Search, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Manuals Directory Search browser hijacker:
Notification saying that Manuals Directory Search can read and change certain data:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Manuals Directory Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Manuals Directory Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.manualsdirectory-api.org redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Manuals Directory Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.manualsdirectory-api.org homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.manualsdirectory-api.org redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Manuals Directory Search 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, "Manuals Directory Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.manualsdirectory-api.org website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Manuals Directory Search browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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.manualsdirectory-api.org 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 "Manuals Directory Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.manualsdirectory-api.org 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 "Manuals Directory Search" 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 "Manuals Directory Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.manualsdirectory-api.org) 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.manualsdirectory-api.org", 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.manualsdirectory-api.org 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 "Manuals Directory Search", 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 "Manuals Directory Search", remove hxxp://search.manualsdirectory-api.org 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with search.manualsdirectory-api.org 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.manualsdirectory-api.org redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset 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.manualsdirectory-api.org redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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