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 GPS-related features (maps, driving directions, etc.). Judging on appearance alone, Get Maps And Directions may seem legitimate and useful, however, it 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 users' consent; 2) promotion of a fake search engine [search.hgetmapsanddirections.com], and; 3) tracking of browsing activity.
As mentioned above, Get Maps And Directions promotes the search.hgetmapsanddirections.com search engine. This is done by hijacking popular browsers (such as Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) and assigning the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.hgetmapsanddirections.com. These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them. Get Maps And Directions reassigns browser options (or simply prevent access) when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are encouraged to visit search.hgetmapsanddirections.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. In addition, search.hgetmapsanddirections.com is a useless search engine, since it simply redirects to search.yahoo.com when a search query is entered. Therefore, users end up searching via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine), and search.hgetmapsanddirections.com is redundant. Be aware that browser hijackers and fake search engines usually record data such as IP addresses, website URLs visited, web pages viewed, search queries, and so on. This information usually includes personal details that developers later sell to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, having data-tracking applications installed and running on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall the Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker and never to visit search.hgetmapsanddirections.com
|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.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hgetmapsanddirections.com)||220.127.116.11|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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As mentioned above, Get Maps And Directions is identical to a number of other rogue applications. Developers have released hundreds of browser hijackers that offer various "useful features", however, these apps have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any value for regular users, Get Maps And Directions and other browser hijackers simpy cause unwanted redirects and 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 without consent, since developers proliferate it using intrusive advertising and "bundling" method. Intrusive ads (most of which are delivered by adware-type applications) redirect users to dubious websites and, in some cases, execute scripts that download/install unwanted applications. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software. Developers hide "bundled" programs behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often rush download/installation processes, skip steps, and click various advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installations - users expose their systems to risk of infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
This situation can be prevented simply by paying close attention during the download/installation processes and when browsing the web in general. Never use any third party downloaders/installers, since most include ("bundle") rogue apps. Download programs from official sources only, preferably using direct download links. In addition, carefully study each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Decline offers to download/install third party programs and opt-out of those already included. Intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, however, they usually redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, survey, etc.). If you experience these ads, 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 Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser 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)
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"
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- 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
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- What is Get Maps And Directions?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Get Maps And Directions application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hgetmapsanddirections.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hgetmapsanddirections.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hgetmapsanddirections.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Get Maps And Directions browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
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 that 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):
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" 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".
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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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:
Click the 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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
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 (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (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:
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.
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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hgetmapsanddirections.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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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