How to remove Direct Search (Virus Removal)

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Direct Search by Search Power Ltd. is a web browser extension compatible with Google Chrome and other popular web browsers. The publisher of the Direct Search extension, Search Power Ltd. has published numerous browser extensions for Google Chrome that are recognized as malicious or potentially unwanted.

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Threat Name: PUP.Optional.SearchHijack


All Search Power Ltd. extensions are essentially the same. They have the same permissions allowing them to read and change your data, read your browsing history, and change your search settings to an affiliated website.

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The Direct Search extension for Google Chrome particularly has permission to read and change your data on all sites, read your browsing history, and change your search settings to In other words, the Direct Search Chrome extension will track what you do online. It will interfere with your internet searches and intercept what you search for online and it will collect your data which includes your online history (the websites you have visited, pictures you have downloaded, online shops you visit, social media profiles you have viewed, etc.).

Direct Search is self-promoted as “an extension that configures your default search settings to provide enhanced search results.” The publisher claims that the extension “allows you to simply search a query in the Omni Bar (address bar) to perform a search through Direct Search.” Although the publisher describes their product as somewhat inconspicuous the extension is still recognized as malicious or potentially malicious by numerous Antivirus engines.

These are typical reasons why a browser extension may be considered a threat or potential threat:

  • Advertised by malicious advertising networks.
  • Advertised alongside malware, adware, spyware, trojans, and viruses.
  • Can be installed without user consent.
  • Displays unwanted advertisements.
  • Tampers with search settings and search results.
  • Gathers user browsing data which may include sensitive information.

To add further, the Direct Search extension will change the search settings of Google Chrome including the search provider, start page, and new tab page. This will cause Google Chrome to start up on a new website, redirect to a webpage when a new tab is opened, and redirect to a new website when a search is performed in the address bar.

Follow these instructions to remove Direct Search and stop unwanted browser redirects to malicious website.

step 1

Remove Direct Search extension from your browser

Direct Search is a browser extension that will attach to Google Chrome and other web browsers. Remove the extension through settings to ensure that your browser’s settings cannot be maliciously controlled.


1. Click Customize and control Google Chrome and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Locate the Direct Search extension and click the Remove button.

3. Search and remove other suspicious browser extensions.

step 2

Scan your computer for malware and viruses

Malware, adware, spyware, ransomware, potentially unwanted programs, and viruses may be present on your computer. We recommend that you scan your computer with Malwarebytes to detect and remove known threats.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes will seamlessly guide you through the quick installation process.

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2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, click the blue Scan button to begin scanning your computer for malware, viruses, and potentially unwanted programs. The scan may take several minutes to complete.

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3. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine button to remove all threats detected by Malwarebytes.

4. Reboot your computer.

step 3

Cleanup and repair settings

Tracking files allow bad guys to track you online and changes to the Windows registry can cause numerous problems. Clean up your computer’s registry, remove tracking files, and remove junk files from your computer with CCleaner by Piriform.

1. Download and install CCleaner. CCleaner will seamlessly guide you through the quick installation process.

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2. Once CCleaner is installed, click the Take my PC Health Check button or go to Health Check > Next and follow the instructions to begin checking your PC’s health.

3. When the scan is complete, click Make it better button to remove trackers, remove junk files, disable startup apps, and more.

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4. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues to check your computer for registry issues.

5. When the scan is complete, click Fix selected Issues, backup the registry, and click Fix Issue or Fix All Issues.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

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