DirectionsBuilder Hijacker Removal Guide

DirectionsBuilder is a fake toolbar that appears to be packed with useful features, developed by “Mindspark” that allow users to access maps, get directions while driving, find the fastest route and other navigation services. It claims to be a journey planner but in reality, it works with cyber-criminal and keeps transferring the data related to the browsing activities like-caches, cookies, auto-fill data, online transactions and login data to the third party.

Directions Builder Removal Tool
 

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How DirectionsBuilder gets spread in the computers?

  1. By freeware downloads.
  2. By Peer to peer file sharing.
  3. By Spam email attachments.
  4. Through Malicious or porn websites.
  5. Any Suspicious links.
  6. Numerous Misleading advertisements.
  7. Fake software updates.The same behavior can also be seen in browser hijacker (QuickWeatherTracker)

 Harmful behaviors of DirectionsBuilder:

  1. It deactivates the installed security software.
  2. It installs itself and other malware without the user’s permission.
  3. This shows false security alerts, pop-ups, ads and much more.
  4. DirectionsBuilder connects to the Internet without the user’s consent.
  5. It silently permits remote access request of the hackers to help them collect the sensitive information.
  6. It denies the access to several important sites, especially the security related sites.

Targeted browsers:

  1. Google Chrome
  2. Mozilla Firefox
  3. Internet Explorer.

How to Remove DirectionsBuilder

You can remove it using the given methods:

  1. Method-Automatic: Using DirectionsBuilder RemovalTool
  2. Method-Manual: Remove  Manually.

Scan your PC with:

  1. Download DirectionsBuilder RemovalTool by clicking on the given link:
    DirectionsBuilder RemovalTool 
  2. As soon as you will open the downloaded file a security warning pop-up will appear as shown below, click on ‘Run’ button.
    NOTE:
    You will not see this pop-up in Windows 10.

    Run Pop-Up
  3. Again a pop-up window will appear. Click on ‘Yes’.
  4. A setup window will appear. Click on ‘Next’ button to start the process of installation.
    Setup
  5. Automatically it will detect and show the active threats present in your system.
    Detection
  6. To remove all the threats which are detected, click on ‘Clean Now’.
    NOTE: If any browser are still running, close all the open browsers before proceeding.Removed
  7. A pop-up will show you all the infected files, folders and registry entries has been removed successfully.

How to Remove DirectionsBuilder Manually?

chrome Google Chrome

Steps to remove ‘DirectionsBuilder ’ from Google Chrome:

  1. Press   window key  +R button on keyboard to open ‘Run’ box.
  2. In the Run box which appears, type this path: ‘%localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data‘.
  3. Search for Default folder and then
  4. Delete the folder that would be named somewhat like this: ‘mcleoahgpcmajnkejboodgnbjdcgcifd’
  5. Go back to Google Chrome.
  6. Now go to Menu > More Tools > Extensions.
  7. Delete the extension named ‘DirectionsBuilder’.

mozilla  Mozilla Firefox  

Steps to remove ‘DirectionsBuilder’ from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Press   window key  +R button on keyboard to open ‘Run’ box.
  2. In the Run box, type this path: ‘%appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles‘.
  3. Click on the folder with ‘.default’ appended in the folder name. For e.g.: ‘default‘.
  4. In this folder, delete ‘json.mozlz4′.
  5. In the same folder, click on ‘Extensions’ folder and delete the file named _hoMembers_@free.directionsbuilder.com
  6. Set your favorite homepage.
  7. Now restart your browser.

IE  Internet Explorer  

Steps to remove ‘DirectionsBuilder’ from Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer (IE).
  2. Go to Tools –> Click on Internet Options.
  3. From the listed tabs, click on ‘Advanced’
  4. Under ‘Reset Internet Explorer settings’ option, click on ‘Reset…’.
  5. Set the homepage of your choice.

Directions Builder Removal Tool

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