How to uninstall Maps & Directions Online Promos?

Also Known As: Ads by Maps & Directions Online Promos
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Maps & Directions Online Promos redirect removal instructions

What is Maps & Directions Online Promos?

Maps & Directions Online Promos is an application which supposed to allow users to search for directions and maps. However, it operates as adware - it displays various advertisements. It is common that people do not download and/or install apps of this type intentionally, therefore, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Also, quite often adware-type applications are designed to collect various information.

Maps & Directions Online Promos redirects to Maps Search Pro download page

After installation adware-type applications like Maps & Directions Online Promos start to feed users with various intrusive advertisements. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, etc. When clicked, those ads often open various questionable pages. In some cases they cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by executing certain scripts. Also, adware can be designed to gather various information, for example, browsing data like IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, etc. In some cases apps of this type can access (gather) confidential, sensitive details as well. Quite often their developers sell recorded information to third parties who misuse it in other ways. There is always a possibility that user's data may fall into hands of cyber criminals as well. Therefore, it is not safe to have apps like Maps & Directions Online Promos installed on a browser and/or operating system.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Maps & Directions Online Promos
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware)
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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There are many various adware-type applications on the Internet, Holiday Radio Promos, Easy Forms Today and MediaConverterOnline are just a couple of examples. Typically, such apps are advertised as useful, they supposed to deliver various features and/or other value. Nevertheless, in most cases adware is designed only to serve advertisements and/or gather various data which can cause various problems.

How did adware install on my computer?

In most cases people download and/or install adware and other potentially unwanted applications when they are included in download and/or installation setups of other programs. This distribution method is called "bundling". In most cases offers to download and/or install PUAs are mentioned in their settings like "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual". It is common that users download and install programs without checking and changing those settings. By leaving default settings unchanged they often allow for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with programs that they downloaded and/or installed intentionally. Sometimes downloads and/or installations of PUAs can be caused by clicking advertisements that are designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), questionable websites, etc., are often used to distribute PUAs and even malicious programs. Therefore, all files and programs should be downloaded only from official web pages and through direct links. Download and/or installation setups that contain settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be checked for offers to download and/or install additionally included applications (PUAs). Unwanted downloads and installations of such applications can be avoided by declining those offers before completing downloads and installations. Advertisements that appear on shady websites should not be clicked. Such ads can open untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or download, install unwanted software. If there are any suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) installed on a browser, then they should be uninstalled. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be removed too. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Maps & Directions Online Promos download page:

maps and directions online promos adware download page

Notification saying that Maps & Directions Online Promos can change all data on visited pages:

Maps and Directions Online Promos asks for a permissio to be added on chrome

Advertisement by Maps & Directions Online Promos:

Maps & Directions Online Promos advertisement

Another advertisement by Maps & Directions Online Promos:

Maps & Directions Online Promos advertisement

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Quick menu:

Adware 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.

Maps & Directions Online Promos adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select "Maps & Directions Online Promos" and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Maps & Directions Online Promos redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Maps & Directions Online Promos ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Maps & Directions Online Promos" select it and click "Remove".

Removing Maps & Directions Online Promos ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by maps & directions online promos, 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 Maps & Directions Online Promos  ads from Google Chrome step 1

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 & Directions Online Promos" and remove it.

Removing Maps & Directions Online Promos ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by maps & directions online promos, 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 Maps & Directions Online Promos ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window look for "Maps & Directions Online Promos" (and/or other unwanted apps) and remove it.

Removing Maps & Directions Online Promos ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by maps & directions online promos 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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 adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by maps & directions online promos, 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 adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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