Search.hgomapsandirections.com Redirect

Also Known As: Go Maps and Directions browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.hgomapsandirections.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.hgomapsandirections.com?

Go Maps and Directions is a rogue application that supposedly provides GPS-related functionality. Initially, Go Maps and Directions may seem legitimate and useful, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. The main reasons for these negative associations are installation without consent, promotion of a fake search engine, and tracking of browsing activity.

search.hgomapsandirections.com browser hijacker

Research shows that Go Maps and Directions targets Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Immediately after infiltration, it assigns the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.hgomapsandirections.com. These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them, since Go Maps and Directions reassigns settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, as long as Go Maps and Directions is installed, returning browsers to their previous states is impossible and users are forced to visit search.hgomapsandirections.com when they open a new browser tab or simply search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Another important issue is data tracking. Both search.hgomapsandirections.com and Go Maps and Directions gather various information (IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and similar) relating to users' Internet browsing activity. Collected data typically includes personal details. This information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall the Go Maps and Directions browser hijacker and never return to search.hgomapsandirections.com

Go Maps and Directions is identical to Fast Recipe Finder, Your PDFs Converter Now, My Utility Box, and many other rogue apps. By offering a wide range of "useful features", browser hijackers such as Go Maps and Directions attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, the only purpose of all fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the functions promised, these PUPs cause unwanted redirects and gather various information. Fake web search engines often generate misleading results and intrusive advertisements - these typically lead to untrustworthy websites. Therefore, using any fake web search engine can lead to various system infections.

How did Go Maps and Directions install on my computer?

This browser hijacker has an official download/promotion website, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, Go Maps and Directions often infiltrates systems without permission. Developers promote this browser hijacker using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". The ads redirect users to malicious websites and execute scripts that stealthily download and install PUPs (or even malware). "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party software with regular apps. Developers hide "bundled" programs within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. They do not disclose this information properly. Furthermore, many users are likely to click "tempting" advertisements/links, rush download/installation procedures, and skip steps. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs - users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Bear in mind that intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, but most lead to untrustworthy websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar). These ads are usually delivered by adware-type PUPs and, thus, if you encounter them, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Remember also to carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. You are advised to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since developers monetize them by promoting ("bundling") PUPs. Your software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links.

Website promoting Go Maps and Directions browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Go Maps and Directions browser hijacker

Quick menu:

Go Maps and Directions 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.hgomapsandirections.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications (for example, "Go Maps and Directions"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.hgomapsandirections.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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Go Maps and Directions browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hgomapsandirections.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.hgomapsandirections.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.hgomapsandirections.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.hgomapsandirections.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 "Go Maps and Directions - ...".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the go maps and directions browser hijacker, 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.hgomapsandirections.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 "Go Maps and Directions" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hgomapsandirections.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, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hgomapsandirections.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hgomapsandirections.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.hgomapsandirections.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 go maps and directions browser hijacker, 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.hgomapsandirections.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 "Extensions" and remove "Go Maps and Directions" (or simply "Maps"), as well as all other recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hgomapsandirections.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 "Go Maps and Directions" (or simply "Maps"), remove hxxp://search.hgomapsandirections.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hgomapsandirections.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 go maps and directions browser hijacker 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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