When you run your internet browser like Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and Edge, the web-page named DirectionsOnline opens automatically instead of your start page? Or this annoying web-site has been set as new tab page and web browser’s search provider ? Then it’s possible your computer has become a victim of unwanted software from the browser hijacker family. It usually get installed in the composition, together with some free programs. Do not be surprised, it happens, especially if you’re an active World Wide Web user. But this does not mean that you should reconcile with these unwanted redirects. You need to clean your machine of malicious software like this browser hijacker ASAP. Because the undesired startpage can be a way to infect your system with more dangerous malicious software like viruses and trojans. The steps which follow, I’ll show you how to remove browser hijacker and thereby delete DirectionsOnline from your internet browser forever.
The DirectionsOnline hijacker can modify settings of all your typical web browsers, but often that the unwanted software may also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user to see DirectionsOnline annoying web site every time start the browser.
Table of contents
- What is DirectionsOnline
- DirectionsOnline removal guidance
- Manual DirectionsOnline start page removal
- DirectionsOnline automatic removal
- Stop DirectionsOnline and other intrusive sites
- How did DirectionsOnline hijacker infection get on your computer
- To sum up
In addition, the DirectionsOnline browser hijacker may also modify the search provider selected in the web browser. When you try to search on the infected web browser, you will be presented with search results, consisting of advertisements and Google (or Yahoo, or Bing) search results for your query. Among these search results can occur links that lead to unwanted and ad web sites.
Often, the PC that has been infected with DirectionsOnline hijacker, will be also infected with ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which displays a lot of various ads. It can be pop-ups, text links in the sites, banners where they never had. What is more, the adware can replace the legitimate ads with malicious advertisements that will offer to download and install malicious software and unwanted software or visit the various dangerous and misleading pages.
The guide below explaining steps to delete DirectionsOnline start page problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the hijacker that may attack Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Edge and other popular browsers. The steps will help you revert back your current settings of all your typical web browsers that previously modified by hijacker.
DirectionsOnline removal guidance
Without a doubt, the browser hijacker is harmful to your personal computer. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malicious software. To remove this browser hijacker, you can use the manual removal steps which are given below or free malware removal utility such as Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal that will help you to remove DirectionsOnline easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you’re well versed in machine or in the case where hijacker is not removed automatically. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to exit your web browser or reboot your PC system.
Manual DirectionsOnline removal
If you perform exactly the instructions below you should be able to delete the DirectionsOnline .
Delete suspicious and potentially unwanted software using MS Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and uninstall the program that causes the appearance of unwanted ads or web browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows button, next press Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will show the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will open a list of all programs installed on the PC system.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort programs by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Fix infected browsers shortcuts
Now you need to clean up the web browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the browser, and not on any unknown file.
Right click on the shortcut of infected internet browser as on the image below.
Select the “Properties” option and it will show a shortcut’s properties. Next, click the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as shown on the image below.
Then press OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all internet browsers that are redirected to the DirectionsOnline unwanted web-page.
Remove DirectionsOnline by MyWay from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the browser hijacker, harmful and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the browser’s newtab page, homepage and search provider by default that have been replaced by DirectionsOnline browser hijacker.
- First, start the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove DirectionsOnline from Internet Explorer
First, open the Microsoft Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect.
Get rid of DirectionsOnline toolbar from Firefox
If the Firefox web-browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Mozilla Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Mozilla Firefox settings such as homepage, new tab page and search engine by default to its default state. It will save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
First, launch the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as on the image below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
DirectionsOnline automatic removal
Use malware removal tools to delete DirectionsOnline automatically. The freeware utilities specially designed for browser hijacker, ad-supported software and other potentially unwanted programs removal. These tools may remove most of browser hijacker from Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Moreover, it can remove all components of DirectionsOnline from Windows registry and system drives.
Automatically remove DirectionsOnline with Zemana Anti-malware
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to scan for and get rid of DirectionsOnline from your PC system. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the personal computer.
- Please download Zemana anti malware to your desktop by clicking on the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your browser will display the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- Once the downloading process is finished, please close all applications and open windows on your computer. Next, start a file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will open the “Setup wizard” of Zemana antimalware onto your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the anti malware will launch and show the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan” button . This will start scanning the whole computer to find out browser hijacker and other malicious software and ad-supported software. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the program is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
- Once the system scan is finished, it will show a list of all threats detected by this utility.
- In order to get rid of all items, simply click the “Next” button to begin cleaning your personal computer. Once the procedure is complete, you may be prompted to restart the personal computer.
- Close the Zemana Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Use Malwarebytes to get rid of browser hijacker
Manual DirectionsOnline redirect removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the browser hijacker can be not completely removed. We recommend that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your machine of hijacker. Moreover, the free program will help you to delete malware, potentially unwanted programs, ad supported software and toolbars that your PC system can be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your personal computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When downloading is done, close all windows on your machine. Further, open the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Malwarebytes on the PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, press Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown on the image below.
Next, press the “Scan Now” button to start checking your PC system for the hijacker and other malicious software and ad supported software. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. While the tool is scanning, you may see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
When it has finished scanning, a list of all threats detected is produced. In order to remove all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will start removing DirectionsOnline hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your machine. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes to remove hijacker, ad-supported software and other malicious software.
If the problem with DirectionsOnline is still remained
If MalwareBytes antimalware or Zemana antimalware cannot delete this browser hijacker, then we recommends to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for browser hijackers, ad-supported software, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner tool by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: March 22, 2021
Once the downloading process is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as shown below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to show the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” for checking your PC for the DirectionsOnline hijacker and internet browser’s malicious extensions.
Once the system scan is complete is finished, it’ll display a scan report as shown on the screen below.
Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and press “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK” to start the cleaning procedure. When the clean up is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Stop DirectionsOnline and other intrusive sites
Running an ad-blocking program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad-blocking software will also protect you from dangerous advertisements and web-sites, and, of course, block redirection chain to DirectionsOnline and similar pages.
Download AdGuard application by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. Once the install is done, you will see a window like below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, as well as other malicious or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which may be found on your desktop.
How did DirectionsOnline hijacker infection get on your computer
The hijacker is usually is bundled with free applications and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your computer. This happens especially when you are installing a freeware. The program setup package tricks you into accepting the installation of third party applications, which you do not really want. Moreover, some paid programs may also install third-party software that you do not want! Therefore, always download free applications and paid programs from reputable download pages. Use ONLY custom or manual setup mode and never blindly click Next button.
To sum up
Now your PC system should be clean of the DirectionsOnline redirect. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up ads and unwanted malicious sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC for new malware, browser hijackers and ‘ad supported’ software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijacker, malicious programs and ad supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove DirectionsOnline from your web-browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.