Removal of Get Maps And Directions browser-hijacking application

Also Known As: search.hgetmapsanddirections.com redirect
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Get Maps And Directions?

Identical to Get Coupons Now, My Forms Suite, Local Weather Radar and many others. Get Maps And Directions is a deceptive application that supposedly provides users with GPS-relating features (maps, driving directions, etc.) Judging on its appearance alone, Get Maps And Directions actually seems completely appropriate and handy. In reality, however, Get Maps And Directions is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and a browser hijacker. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without user's consent; 2) promotion of a fake web search engine (search.hgetmapsanddirections.com), and; 3) tracking of user's web browsing activity.

search.hgetmapsanddirections.com browser hijacker

As mentioned above, Get Maps And Directions is designed to promote search.hgetmapsanddirections.com web search engine. This is being done by hijacking the most popular web browsers (e.g., Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) and assigning new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options as search.hgetmapsanddirections.com. Now such changes are insignificant. However, the problem is that users are unable to revert them. Get Maps And Directions is designed to reassign browsers' options (or simply to prevent users from accessing some of them) whenever attempts to change are made. As a result, returning browsers to their previous state simply becomes impossible. Users have no choice but to visit search.hgetmapsanddirections.com every time they open a new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. As a result, web browsing quality significantly decreases. We should also mention that search.hgetmapsanddirections.com, as a web search engine, is completely useless, because it simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com whenever a search query is entered. In other words, users merely end up searching the web via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine) and search.hgetmapsanddirections.com becomes completely irrelevant. Users should also know that such browser hijackers and fake search engines usually record a variety of data types, such as IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and so on so forth. This collected information usually includes personal details, which is why users should know that developers later sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons generate revenue by misusing received information, which is why having data-tracking applications installed and running may eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Users are strongly advised to immediately uninstall Get Maps And Directions browsser hijacker and to never visit search.hgetmapsanddirections.com site again.

Threat Summary:
Name Get Maps And Directions
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), McAfee (GenericR-PBK!B860CF8C4CB5), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Maps, Get Maps And Directions
Supposed Functionality GPS-relating features.
Promoted URL search.hgetmapsanddirections.com
Serving IP Address (search.hgetmapsanddirections.com) 18.214.154.9
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's 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), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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As mentioned above, Get Maps And Directions is completely identical to a number of other rogue applications. That's because its developers have released hundreds of browser hijackers that offer a variety of "useful features". However, these apps have only one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Hence, instead of giving any actual value for the user, Get Maps And Directions and other browser hijackers cause unwanted redirects, as well as gather various information.

How did Get Maps And Directions install on my computer?

Get Maps And Directions has an official download/promotion website. However, as mentioned above, this app usually infiltrates computers with no consent. That's because developers proliferate it by using intrusive advertising and "bundling" method. Intrusive ads (most of which are delivered by adware-type applications) are designed to redirect users to unreliable websites and, in some cases, to execute scripts that download/install unwanted applications. Meanwhile, "bundling" is a stealth installation of third party applications alongside with the regular software. What developers do is hide "bundled" programs behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. Now the main issue is that users often carelessly rush download/installation processes and skip most of the steps. If that wasn't enough, users are very likely to click on various advertisements without thinking about possible consequences. Such behavior often leads to inadvertent installations - users simply expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

This situation can be prevented by simply paying close attention during the download/installation processes, as well as when browsing the web in general. Never use any third party downloaders/installers, because most of them include ("bundle") rogue apps. Instead of doing so, you should download programs only from official sources, preferably using direct download links. In addition, be sure to carefully analyze each step of download/installation processes and opt-out all additionally included programs. While doing so, decline all offers to download/install third party programs and opt-out already included ones. It is also worth noting that intrusive advertisements usually look completely appropriate. Yet it is worth mentioning that such ads usually redirect to unreliable websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, survey, etc.) In case of such ads users should remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with Get Maps And Directions, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker

IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications:

Get Maps And Directions website asking to enable website notifications

Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:

Google Chrome (PC):

  • Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
  • Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

Google Chrome (Android):

  • Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
  • Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
  • Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
  • Select "Internet options"
  • Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
  • Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
  • Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
  • Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
  • Click the switch under each suspicious website

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
  • Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
  • Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Get 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.hgetmapsanddirections.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.hgetmapsanddirections.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):

Video showing how to remove Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hgetmapsanddirections.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.hgetmapsanddirections.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.hgetmapsanddirections.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.hgetmapsanddirections.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 "Get Maps And Directions".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hgetmapsanddirections.com redirect, 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.hgetmapsanddirections.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 "Get Maps And Directions" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hgetmapsanddirections.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, disable "Get Maps And Directions" look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hgetmapsanddirections.com) 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.hgetmapsanddirections.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.hgetmapsanddirections.com" 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 search.hgetmapsanddirections.com redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.hgetmapsanddirections.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 on "Extensions" and remove "Get Maps And Directions" (or simply "Maps"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

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

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hgetmapsanddirections.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 search.hgetmapsanddirections.com redirect 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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