Search.maps2go.net Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: search.maps2go.net browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove search.maps2go.net browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.maps2go.net?

search.maps2go.net is similar to many other fake search engines such as search.regevpop.com, search-operator.com, and search.tapufind.com. These are just some examples. Developers promote this site as a useful search engine that is capable of providing an enhanced browsing experience with improved results, faster searches, and so on. The search.maps2go.net site is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers that adjust browser settings. Furthermore, this search engine gathers data relating to users' browsing activities.

search.maps2go.net browser hijacker on a Mac computer

The downloaders/installers usually have an impact on browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. In this case, they assign search.maps2go.net as the homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL. Users are forced to visit this website when they open the affected browser, a new tab, or enter a search query into the URL bar. Furthermore, downloaders/installers usually install browser apps (extensions or plug-ins) called "helper objects", which prevent users from undoing the changes (assigned settings). This situation continues unless the "helper objects" are uninstalled. Using the search.maps2go.net search engine is pointless, since it does not generate its own, unique search results - it provides Yahoo results, simply by redirecting users to search.yahoo.com. Another downside of using this fake search engine is that, together with "helper objects", it tracks (records) information relating to browsing habits. It collects data such as URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, search queries, IP addresses, and so on. Developers share the accumulated information with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, do not use search.maps2go.net or have dubious, unknown apps installed, since this might cause privacy/browsing safety issues or even identity theft.

Developers present fake search engines as capable of providing an enhanced browsing experience or by offering other features, tools and so on. In fact, most search engines of this type deliver no real value. They often cause problems and are used only to generate revenue for their developers.

How did search.maps2go.net install on my computer?

Generally, these search engines are promoted using the aforementioned rogue download and installation set-ups. This is achieved by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", which is used to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps together with other software. They hide information regarding the inclusion of these apps "Custom" and "Advanced" settings of the download or installation set-ups. Note however, that unwanted apps cannot be downloaded/installed without first giving them permission. Most users grant permission unintentionally by skipping installation/download steps without checking included settings/options.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We advise you to download software using official and trustworthy websites or other reliable sources. Various third party downloaders, peer-to-peer networks such as torrents, dubious websites or other similar channels should not be used. Also check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings when installing or downloading software. Ensure that there are no offers to install (or download) unwanted apps. Decline them and only then proceed to the next step of the process. Do not click intrusive ads. Some cause redirects to untrustworthy (and potentially malicious) websites such as pornography, adult dating, gambling, etc. If you encounter these redirects or experience intrusive ads, it is possible that there are unwanted apps installed on your browser or computer. Check your browser for unwanted applications (extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons) and the list of installed programs on your computer. Uninstall all unwanted software. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects to search.maps2go.net using Combo Cleaner:

search.maps2go.net redirect removal:

Remove search.maps2go.net-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 search.maps2go.net browser hijacker 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.

search.maps2go.net browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.maps2go.net browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

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

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove search.maps2go.net browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

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

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove search.maps2go.net browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

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