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.
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.
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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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.
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- What is Maps & Directions Online Promos?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 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:
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 "Maps & Directions Online Promos" select it and click "Remove".
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.
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 "Maps & Directions Online Promos" and remove it.
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 (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 "Extensions", in the opened window look for "Maps & Directions Online Promos" (and/or other unwanted apps) and remove it.
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, 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 ads by maps & directions online promos, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by maps & directions online promos from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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