Quick Maps and Directions removal instructions
What is Quick Maps and Directions?
Chromium is the name of an open-source project from Google. There are many browsers that are based on Chromium (its code), however, not all of them are legitimate. Quite often this project is misused to develop browsers that operate as adware (that display ads), browser hijackers (that promote fake search engines, gather browsing-data) or other potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Quick Maps and Directions is one of these browsers. Therefore, it is classified as PUA as well. Research shows that Quick Maps and Directions is designed to promote hquickmapsanddirections.com, an address of a fake search engine.
Quick Maps and Directions is advertised as a browser with improved privacy, security, and browsing speed. However, its users are forced to use hquickmapsanddirections.com, a fake search engine which does not generate any unique search results. Users who search the web with Quick Maps and Directions are provided with search results generated by Yahoo. When users enter search queries, they get redirected to search.yahoo.com. Therefore, hquickmapsanddirections.com is a useless search engine. Furthermore, it is very likely that Quick Maps and Directions is designed to gather browsing data. For example, addresses of visited websites, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries and other browsing-related information. It is known that apps of this type (PUAs) tend to collect other, sensitive details as well. It is common that developers behind software that operates as information tracking tool sell gathered data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. Moreover, Quick Maps and Directions's users may be forced to see various intrusive advertisements. Typically, PUAs feed users with ads that are being displayed in forms of coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other types of ads. When clicked, those ads open various questionable pages. In some cases they execute scripts designed to download or even install unwanted software. To sum up, Quick Maps and Directions's users risk to become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to browsing safety, privacy, and other issues. For these reasons Quick Maps and Directions should not be downloaded and installed. If it is already installed, then it should be removed from the operating system as soon as possible.
|Name||Quick Maps and Directions potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||This software supposed to improve browsing experience (browsing security, privacy, speed).|
|Detection Names||Webroot (W32.Adware.Gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
To eliminate malware infections our security researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
More examples of Chromium-based PUAs are Olcinium, eFast and Qword. Typically, developers advertise such browsers as useful, legitimate. However, most of them are useless and may be the reason behind various problems. Usually they are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue by gathering various data, serving ads and/or forcing users to visit/use fake search engines that may be designed to generate misleading results.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Quick Maps and Directions can be downloaded from its website. However, quite often people download and/or install apps that are categorized as PUAs unintentionally, unknowingly. In most cases people download and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts, or by downloading and/or installing programs that have them included in their setups as additional offers. The second distribution method is known as "bundling". As a rule, additionally included apps are mentioned in settings of setups like "Custom", "Advanced". However, people often download and install programs without checking any of those settings, which means they allow for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed together with those programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Software should be downloaded and installed properly, especially if it is free. It should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Other download and/or installation tools, channels like third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, should not be used. Download and/or installation setups that contain "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings should be analyzed. It is common that those settings mention offers to download and/or install additional, potentially unwanted apps. Intrusive ads that are displayed on various untrustworthy websites (e.g., on sites related to gambling, pornography, adult dating) often lead to questionable pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Therefore, such advertisements should not be clicked/trusted. If there are any suspicious, unknown, unwanted apps (plug-ins, add-ons, and/or extensions) installed on a browser, then they should be removed right away. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be uninstalled as well. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Quick Maps and Directions redirects provides users with results generated by Yahoo (redirects users to search.yahoo.com) (GIF):
Website promoting Quick Maps and Directions application:
Quick Maps and Directions installation setup:
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- What is Quick Maps and Directions?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
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 "Quick Maps and Directions" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Quick Maps and Directions did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quick maps and directions potentially unwanted application, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quick maps and directions potentially unwanted application, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with quick maps and directions potentially unwanted application 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quick maps and directions potentially unwanted application, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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