Maps Utility browser hijacker removal instructions

Also Known As: search.mapsutilitytab.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Maps Utility browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Maps Utility?

Identical to Quick Local Weather, Your Email Simplified, Get Free Translations, and many others, Maps Utility is a rogue application that supposedly provides GPS-related functionality. Its appearance suggests that Maps Utility is a legitimate and useful application, however, it is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since it often infiltrates computers without permission, promotes a fake search engine, and records data relating to browsing activity. Maps Utility is distributed together with another browser-hijacking app called Hide My Search.

search.mapsutilitytab.com browser hijacker

Maps Utility promotes a fake search engine by assigning the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine options to search.mapsutilitytab.com. These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them - Maps Utility reassigns browser options when attempts are made to change them. Some settings are simply inaccessible. Ultimately, users are encouraged to visit search.mapsutilitytab.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. In addition, search.mapsutilitytab.com claims to be a high-end search engine, however, it provides no real value for regular users. Rather than generating unique results, search.mapsutilitytab.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com. Therefore, users end up searching the web via the Yahoo search engine, rendering search.mapsutilitytab.com redundant. Data tracking is also an issue. Browser hijackers and fake search engines record information such as IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar details. The data usually includes personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, having data-tracking applications installed and visiting such sites might lead to serious privacy issues, including identity theft. You are strongly advised to remove the Maps Utility browser hijacker and never return to search.mapsutilitytab.com

Threat Summary:
Name Maps Utility
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Maps Utility New Tab, Maps
Supposed Functionality GPS-relating features.
Promoted URL search.mapsutilitytab.com
Serving IP Address (search.mapsutilitytab.com) 18.235.145.249
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.
Additional Information Maps Utility is distributed with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.
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.
Removal

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As mentioned above, Maps Utility is identical to a number of other apps. Developers have released hundreds of browser hijackers that offer various "useful features", however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the functionality promised, these unwanted applications cause redirects and gather data, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a threat to your privacy.

How did Maps Utility install on my computer?

This browser hijacker has an 'official' download website, however, since developers promote it using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods, Maps Utility often infiltrates computers without permission. Intrusive advertisements (which are often delivered by adware-type applications already present on the system) typically redirect to dubious websites and execute scripts designed to 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 these procedures and skip steps. Additionally, they click various advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior leads to inadvertent installation of unwanted apps, such as Maps Utility.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be very cautious during the download/installation processes and when browsing the internet. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. Developers often monetize third party downloaders/installers using the "bundling" method, whereby they include rogue applications together with regular software. Intrusive advertisements often seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design, however, they can redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.). If you experience these ads or redirects, terminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with Maps Utility, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Maps Utility browser hijacker asking for permissions:

Maps Utility browser hijacker permissions

Maps Utility browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Maps Utility browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting Maps Utility browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Maps Utility browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Maps Utility 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.mapsutilitytab.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Maps Utility browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.mapsutilitytab.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.mapsutilitytab.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.mapsutilitytab.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.mapsutilitytab.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 "Maps Utility".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.mapsutilitytab.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.mapsutilitytab.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 "Maps Utility New Tab" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.mapsutilitytab.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 "Maps Utility New Tab" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.mapsutilitytab.com or hxxps://hidemysearches.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.mapsutilitytab.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 "hxxp://search.mapsutilitytab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.com", 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 search.mapsutilitytab.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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.mapsutilitytab.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 "Maps Utility" (or simply "Maps"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").

Change your homepage:

Removing search.mapsutilitytab.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 "Maps Utility" (or simply "Maps") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.mapsutilitytab.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.mapsutilitytab.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.mapsutilitytab.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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.mapsutilitytab.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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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Therefore, users end up searching the web via Yahoo search engine and search.mapsutilitytab.com becomes irrelevant. Data tracking is also an issue. Browser hijackers and fake web search engines are notorious for recording information such as IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar information. This collected data usually includes personal details and, , developers share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing received information. Therefore, having data-tracking applications installed and visiting such sites might lead to serious privacy issues, including identity theft. Users are strongly advised to remove Maps Utility browser hijacker and never visit search.mapsutilitytab.com site again

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