Maps2Go Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Maps2Go potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Maps2Go from Mac?

What is Maps2Go?

The Maps2Go app provides driving directions and is promoted as a map search application for MacOS. In fact, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since developers promote it using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, some users install this PUA unintentionally.

Maps2Go adware

Judging by Maps2Go's appearance, it may seem to be an easy-to-use app, since it allows users to find locations using a search function and also to receive directions via a navigation tool. Research shows that it can be used as an app installed on a MAC computer or an extension installed on a browser. At time of research, during the installation process, Maps2Go set-up was used to promote a dubious search engine called search.regevpop.com. PUAs that are installed using the "bundling" method often record browsing-related information, including IP addresses, geo-locations, search queries, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Personal information might also be collected. Developers share the information with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Using these apps can lead to browsing safety/privacy problems or even identity theft. Furthermore, PUAs feed users with intrusive ads (coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc.) using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Intrusive ads conceal underlying content of visited websites and clicking them can be risky, since they often lead to deceptive websites. Some might even be capable of executing scripts designed to download/install other unwanted apps. It is not known whether Maps2Go records data and delivers intrusive ads, however, most apps promoted using the "bundling" method perform these actions.

Threat Summary:
NameMaps2Go potentially unwanted application
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Typically, these apps are promoted as 'useful tools' that include various features (in this case, maps and search services), however, PUAs generally provide no real value. Once installed, they are simply used to generate revenue for their developers. They cause redirects to untrustworthy websites, deliver ads, and record browsing-related (and other) information. In doing so, they cause a number of problems. Some examples of other apps of this type are ZipRar, PDF King, and PremierOpinion.

How did Maps2Go install on my computer?

Maps2Go is promoted using its official website, however, this app is also promoted through a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Developers use bundling to trick people into downloading/installing potentially unwanted apps together with other software. Information regarding the presence of apps within download or installation set-ups is usually not disclosed. Developers hide these apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the download or installation processes. Despite this, you can avoid these unwanted installations/downloads by checking download/installation settings and decline permissions.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Take precautions when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Analyze each step of the download/installation processes with care: opt-out of additionally-included applications and decline offers to download/install them. Avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since developers often monetize them by promoting potentially unwanted software. Apps should be downloaded from trusted sources/websites and using direct download links only. Be careful with intrusive ads, especially those displayed on untrustworthy websites. These ads often redirect to deceptive, dubious websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If you experience these ads/redirects, check your browser for unwanted, unknown apps such as extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins. Remove dubious entries immediately. Do the same with the programs installed on your computer. If your computer is already infected with Maps2Go, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of the Maps2Go adware setup:

Maps2Go adware setup

Deceptive application installer promoting Maps2Go adware:

Delusive installer used to promote Maps2Go

Screenshot of the Maps2Go extension (Google Chrome):

Maps2Go extension (Google Chrome)

Screenshot of Maps2Go application:

Maps2Go application

Instant automatic removal of Maps2Go potentially unwanted application: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Maps2Go potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Maps2Go adware using Combo Cleaner:

Maps2Go adware removal:

Remove Maps2Go-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove maps2go potentially unwanted application related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Maps2Go potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove maps2go potentially unwanted application related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove maps2go potentially unwanted application related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove maps2go potentially unwanted application related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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