Stop redirects to and from search.mapsonlinepro.com

Also Known As: Maps Online Pro browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove search.mapsonlinepro.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.mapsonlinepro.com?

Search.mapsonlinepro.com, like genieonews.comsearch.mapsglobalsearch.comsearch.convertersearch.com and many others, is a fake search engine. Judging by design alone, it appears very similar to Google, Bing, Yahoo and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, it is easy to mistake it for a genuine product. However, search.mapsonlinepro.com is promoted via download/install setups of browser hijacking applications. Browser hijackers make unauthorized changes to browsers and most have data tracking abilities. Search.mapsonlinepro.com also gathers information, concerning users' browsing activity.

search.mapsonlinepro.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Typically, popular browsers (such as Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) are targets of browser hijackers. They assign browser's homepage, new tab/window URL and default search engine to search.mapsonlinepro.com. Therefore, every new tab/window opened and every search query typed into the URL bar - all redirect to the fake search engine. Few of these fraudulent tools are capable of generating search results, most redirect to legitimate search engines (e.g. Google, Bing, Yahoo and others). In case of search.mapsonlinepro.com, it redirects to search.yahoo.com. What is more, browser hijackers install "helper objects" - additional applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. These "helper objects" automatically reset any changes users make to their browsers. Without removing the hijacking application, recovering the affected browser is impossible. What is more, search.mapsonlinepro.com and the "helper objects" monitor users' browsing habits. What is important to understand, is that this data contains personal information (IP address, geolocation and real-life personal details). The private data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to generate revenue by misusing it. Data tracking applications can lead to severe privacy issues, even result in identity theft. Should users experience redirects to search.mapsonlinepro.com, they are to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Maps Online Pro browser hijacker
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Serving IP Address 18.211.175.241
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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There are thousands of fake search engines on the Internet. Nearly all promise enhanced browsing experience and improved search results. Often they advertise additional features, which sound very useful. However, it must be stressed, that the only purpose of these fake tools is to generate profit for their developers; therefore, all features are usually nonoperational. Instead, fraudulent search engines generate redirects to sale-based, unreliable and even malicious webpages, as well as track sensitive data.

How did search.mapsonlinepro.com install on my computer?

Search.mapsonlinepro.com is promoted by rogue download/installation setups. "Bundling" is the term used to describe this deceptive marketing technique. Developers of fake search engines and other unwanted content are well aware of user tendency to rush through download/installation processes, therefore this technique is prevalent amongst them. Details about how a certain product or its additions will operate are usually buried within lengthy terms or other similar sections. All opt-out options for additional applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins are often hidden behind the "Custom/Advanced" settings or other windows. By ignoring terms, skipping steps and other download/install windows - users risk allowing undesirables onto their systems.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to always research desired content, to verify its legitimacy before downloading/installing it. Only official and verified channels should be used for downloading software. It is ill-advised to use Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (e.g. BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella and etc.), free file hosting and unofficial websites, third party downloaders and other untrustworthy download sources. Programs downloaded from unreliable channels are more likely to be bundled with unwanted or malicious apps. It is advised to read download/installation terms and to explore possible options. Additionally, users should use "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from installing supplementary applications/features, or decline downloading such from elsewhere. It is encouraged to maintain prudent browsing habits, for example - avoid visiting questionable websites and refrain from clicking on various adverts. The latter is doubly important, as intrusive advertisements often look legitimate and harmless. However, ads of this type redirect to dubious webpages and some can even execute scripts, designed to make autonomous downloads/installs of undesirable content. Should users experience such advertisements/redirects, they are strongly advised to inspect their system and remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting search.mapsonlinepro.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.mapsonlinepro.com

Instant automatic removal of Maps Online Pro browser hijacker: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Maps Online Pro browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Video showing how to remove unwanted applications promoting search.mapsonlinepro.com website using Combo Cleaner:

search.mapsonlinepro.com redirect removal:

Remove search.mapsonlinepro.com 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 maps online pro 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.

Maps Online Pro browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove maps online pro 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 maps online pro 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 maps online pro 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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