Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Easy & Quick Maps?
Easy & Quick Maps is a browser hijacker, endorsed for quick access to various maps and driving routes. It operates by changing browser settings and promoting its associated fake search engine (search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com). Easy & Quick Maps also has data tracking abilities, which it employs to monitor users' browsing habits. Furthermore, this rogue app is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA), since most users install it unintentionally. Note that PUAs do not require explicit permission to infiltrate devices.
Typically, browser hijackers target Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and other popular browsers. They make unauthorized changes to the homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URL. Therefore, each new tab/window opened and each search query typed into the URL bar all redirect to the associated search engine. Easy & Quick Maps promotes search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com in this manner. It is rare for these fake tools to provide unique search results, and so they usually redirect to legitimate search engines (such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.). Indeed, search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com is likewise unable to generate unique results and simply redirects to search.yahoo.com. Easy & Quick Maps is often distributed together with another PUA called Hide My Searches. It also tracks data, specifically it monitors browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collects personal information (IP addresses, geolocations, and other private details). This data is then passed on to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) seeking to misuse it to generate revenue. In summary, PUAs can cause browser and system infiltration/infections, lead to severe privacy issues, and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Name||Easy & Quick Maps.|
|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, Easy & Quick Maps.|
|Supposed Functionality||GPS-related functionality.|
|Serving IP Address (search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com)||22.214.171.124|
|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||Easy & Quick Maps 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Browser hijackers are numerous and widespread on the internet. These rogue applications share certain similarities, and those released by the same developers tend to be identical. For example, Directions Maps Finder, Maps And Directions App, Maps Utility, are similar to Easy & Quick Maps. In fact, most PUAs have common traits. They may seem legitimate and offer a wide variety of "useful" features to lure users to install, however, these features rarely work as advertised and in most cases are nonoperational. The only purpose of all unwanted software/files is to generate profit for the designers, whilst regular users receive no value. Rather than delivering any useful features, PUAs cause redirects to untrustworthy and malicious sites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns (banners, pop-ups, surveys, coupons, etc.), and record data.
How did Easy & Quick Maps install on my computer?
Easy & Quick Maps has an "official" download website, however, the most common mode of proliferation is through the download/install set-ups of other software. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular programs with unwanted/malicious additions is called "bundling". By rushing through the download/installation processes (ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.), many users increase the risk of allowing harmful content onto their devices. Intrusive advertisements are also known to proliferate PUAs. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install unwanted applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Check the legitimacy of all software and files before download/installing. Only official and verified download sources should be used. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (e.g. BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders, and similar channels are untrustworthy. When downloading/installing, read the terms, explore possible options, use "Custom/Advanced" options, and decline offers to download/install additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate and innocuous, however, they often redirect to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins immediately. If your computer is already infected with Easy & Quick Maps, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker installer set-up:
Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Easy & Quick Maps?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Easy & Quick Maps application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Easy & Quick Maps 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, "Easy & Quick Maps"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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.finddirectionsandmapstab.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 "Easy & Quick Maps".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.finddirectionsandmapstab.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 "Easy & Quick Maps" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), 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 "Easy & Quick Maps" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.finddirectionsandmapstab.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:
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 "hxxp://search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.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.finddirectionsandmapstab.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 "Easy & Quick Maps" (or simply "Maps"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").
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 "Easy & Quick Maps" (or simply "Maps") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.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.finddirectionsandmapstab.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.finddirectionsandmapstab.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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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