Search.hgomaps.co Redirect

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

Search.hgomaps.co redirect removal instructions

What is search.hgomaps.co?

The search.hgomaps.co website is categorized as a fake search engine. Developers claim that it enhances the browsing experience, provides faster searches, improved search results, and so on. Judging on appearance alone, this site may seem legitimate, however, developers promote it through a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called Go Maps, which is categorized as a browser hijacker. Generally, people install these applications accidentally, without their knowledge. When installed, browser hijackers adjust browser settings and, together with associated fake search engines (in this case, search.hgomaps.co), gather data relating to users' browsing habits.

search.hgomaps.co browser hijacker

Most browser hijackers can be installed on popular browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. When installed, Go Maps assigns settings such as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL address to search.hgomaps.co. Additionally, Go Maps prevents users from reverting these changes. Therefore, users are forced to visit search.hgomaps.co when a browser or new tab is opened, or a search query is entered into the URL bar. This can be avoided only if Go Maps is uninstalled. Furthermore, the search.hgomaps.co search engine redirects users to search.yahoo.com (a legitimate search engine created by Yahoo). Therefore, it simply displays results generated by Yahoo, thus making search.hgomaps.co a useless search engine. Another problem is that Maps Go and search.hgomaps.co collect browsing-related data including entered search-queries, IP addresses, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Note that some browser hijackers/fake search engines also record personal, sensitive details. Typically, developers share the data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, having PUAs installed can lead to a number of problems (privacy/browsing safety issues, or even identity theft). For these reasons, we recommend that you uninstall Go Maps and avoid using dubious search engines .

Threat Summary:
Name Go Maps browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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This fake search engine is very similar to many others of this type such as search.hprimesports.co, search.searchipdf.com, and search.htheweathercenter.org. These sites are presented as legitimate and useful, however, developers promote them in this way to give the impression of legitimacy and trick people into using them. In fact, fake search engines mostly cause problems rather than providing any real value.

How did Go Maps install on my computer?

A website can be used to download Go Maps, however, most users download and install PUAs inadvertently by clicking intrusive (deceptive) advertisements or when software developers trick them. To achieve this they use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Developers bundle (hide) PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other parts of the software download/installation set-ups. Despite this, unwanted installations can be avoided, since they occur only when people download and install software without paying attention to details within the set-ups and leave all available settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Be cautious when browsing the internet, downloading, and installing software. Avoid using third party software downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent client and eMule, unofficial websites, and other similar channels to download software. Bear in mind that many third party downloaders are monetized by promoting unwanted apps. Use only official sources (websites) and direct links. When installing software, check "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar options and deselect offers to install or download unwanted software or extra offers. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, even if they seem legitimate - many redirect users to malicious (or other unwanted) websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If you experience unwanted ads or random redirects, check your browser for unwanted extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins, and programs on your computer. Remove any suspicious/unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with Go Maps, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Go Maps browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Go Maps browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Go Maps 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.hgomaps.co browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Go Maps browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hgomaps.co 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.hgomaps.co 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.hgomaps.co 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.hgomaps.co 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".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the go maps 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.hgomaps.co 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 other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

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

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hgomaps.co 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.hgomaps.co", 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 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.hgomaps.co related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Go Maps" (or simply "Maps"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

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

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hgomaps.co 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 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.

Removal assistance:
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