Remove Easy & Quick Maps from your browser

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

Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Easy & Quick Maps?

Easy & Quick Maps is a browser hijacker, endorsed as a tool for quick access to various maps and driving routes. It operates by changing browser settings and promoting its fake search engine - search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com. Easy & Quick Maps also has data tracking abilities, which it employs to spy on users' browsing habits. Furthermore, this rogue app is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application), since most users install it unintentionally. Users should note that PUAs do not require explicit permission to infiltrate devices.

search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com browser hijacker

Typically, browser hijackers are designed to target Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and other popular browsers. They make unauthorized changes to browsers' homepages, default search engines and new tab/window URLs. Therefore, every new tab/window opened and every single search query typed into the URL bar - all redirect to their fraudulent search engines. Easy & Quick Maps promotes search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com in this manner. It is rare for such fake tools to be able to provide search results, so they usually redirect to legitimate search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.). Search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com is likewise unable to generate said results and it redirects to search.yahoo.com. It is pertinent to mention, that Easy & Quick Maps is often distributed with another PUA called Hide My Searches. Easy & Quick Maps tracks data, specifically it monitors browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collects personal information (IP address, geolocation and users' personal details). This private data is then passed onto third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it to generate revenue. In summary, PUAs can cause various browser and system infiltrations/infections, as well as lead to severe privacy issues (even culminate in identity theft). To ensure device integrity and user safety - all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
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.
Promoted URL search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com
Serving IP Address (search.finddirectionsandmapstab.com) 3.217.102.4
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.
Additional Information Easy & Quick Maps is distributed alongside with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.
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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Browser hijackers are innumerous and widespread. These rogue applications share certain similarities, ones released by the same developers tend to be identical. For example, Directions Maps FinderMaps And Directions AppMaps Utility are analogous to Easy & Quick Maps. In fact, most PUAs have common traits. These apps are designed to look legitimate and offer a wide variety of "handy" features, to lure users into installation. However, these features rarely work as advertised and in most case are nonoperational. The only goal of all undesirable content is to generate profit for its designers; to users it has no genuine value. Instead of delivering on any promises, 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, this isn't true of all PUAs. The most common mode of proliferation is through the download/install setups of other software. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular programs with undesirable/malicious additions is called "bundling". By rushing through the download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.) - users increase the risk of allowing harmful content onto devices. Intrusive advertisements are also known to spread PUAs. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to always research wanted content to verify its legitimacy, before download/installing it. 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 deemed to be untrustworthy, therefore are advised against use. When downloading/installing, users are urged to read terms, explore possible options, use "Custom/Advanced" options and decline to download/install supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements usually appear legitimate and innocuous, however they redirect to various unreliable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). Should users encounter such ads/redirects, they are strongly advised to inspect the system and remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with Easy & Quick Maps, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker installation setup

Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker asking for various permissions:

Easy & Quick Maps asking for permissions

Website promoting Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Easy & Quick Maps browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Easy & Quick Maps 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.finddirectionsandmapstab.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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 (which 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.finddirectionsandmapstab.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.finddirectionsandmapstab.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.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:

Removing search.finddirectionsandmapstab.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 "Easy & Quick Maps".

Optional method:

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.

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.finddirectionsandmapstab.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 "Easy & Quick Maps" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.finddirectionsandmapstab.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 "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:

Removing search.finddirectionsandmapstab.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.finddirectionsandmapstab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.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.finddirectionsandmapstab.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.finddirectionsandmapstab.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 "Easy & Quick Maps" (or simply "Maps"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").

Change your homepage:

Removing search.finddirectionsandmapstab.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 "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:

Removing search.finddirectionsandmapstab.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.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, 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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