How to remove Go Easy Directions Promos adware?

Also Known As: Ads by Go Easy Directions Promos
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Go Easy Directions Promos adware removal instructions

What is Go Easy Directions Promos?

Go Easy Directions Promos is a piece of software, categorized as adware. It is endorsed as a tool for easy access to various maps and routes. Following successful infiltration, Go Easy Directions Promos runs intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e. it delivers undesirable and even harmful ads. Additionally, Go Easy Directions Promos has data tracking abilities, which are employed to spy on users' browsing activity. Since few users install it intentionally, it is also deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

Website used to promote Go Easy Directions Promos adware

Go Easy Directions Promos adware enables the placement of third party graphical content on any visited site. Hence, the delivered adverts (e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.) diminish the browsing experience. They slow down the browsing speed and limit page visibility (by overlaying them). Furthermore, when these intrusive advertisements are clicked on, they redirect to various sale-oriented, untrustworthy, rogue, deceptive, scam, compromised and malicious websites. Some of the ads can even be triggered (by being clicked) to execute scripts, designed to download/install software without user consent. One prime example of content infiltrated into systems in this way - are PUAs. These apps can have other/additional abilities, aside from placement of intrusive adverts. As mentioned in the introduction, Go Easy Directions Promos can track data. It can monitor users' browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather sensitive information inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is likely to be shared with third parties, intent on misusing it for profit - potentially, by putting it to criminal use. What is more, this data typically contains personally identifiable information. PUAs (adware included) can lead to system infiltrations and infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety - all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Go Easy Directions Promos
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Browser Extension(s) Go Easy Directions Promos
Supposed Functionality It can supposedly provide quick access to various maps and routes.
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, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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Best Classified Ads PromosMoreResultsHoliday Radio Promos are a couple examples of other software, within the adware category. It tends to appear legitimate and useful. Users are tempted into download/installation with offers of "handy" features. Rarely do these functions work as advertised and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational. In fact, these traits apply to all PUAs. Functionality, user convenience and safety are irrelevant, since unwanted apps have but one goal - to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of operating as promised, PUAs deliver intrusive advert campaigns, force-open untrustworthy and malicious webpages, hijack browsers and collect private data.

How did Go Easy Directions Promos install on my computer?

Some PUAs (e.g. Go Easy Directions Promos) have "official" promotional pages, from which they can be downloaded. However, these applications can be downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing technique of packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download and installation processes (e.g. by skimming or ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, use the pre-set options, etc.) - users endanger their systems with potential infiltrations and infections, originating from bundled content. Intrusive ads spread such apps as well. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research products to verify their legitimacy, before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and trustworthy download sources should be used. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - are considered to be untrustworthy and are advised against use. Download and installation processes should be approached with caution. Therefore, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline downloading/installing supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. Intrusive advertisements usually appear ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to highly unreliable and questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and so on). In case of encounters with adverts/redirects of this kind, users should inspect the system and immediately eliminate all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with Go Easy Directions Promos, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Go Easy Directions Promos adware asking for data-related permissions:

Go Easy Directions Promos adware asking for permissions

An example of advertisements provided by Go Easy Directions Promos adware:

Go Easy Directions Promos adware advertisement

Appearance of Go Easy Directions Promos adware (GIF):

Go Easy Directions Promos adware appearance (GIF)

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Quick menu:

Go Easy Directions Promos 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.

Go Easy Directions Promos adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Go Easy Directions Promos", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Go Easy Directions Promos ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Go Easy Directions Promos adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Go Easy Directions Promos did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Go Easy Directions 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Go Easy Directions Promos ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by go easy directions 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 Go Easy Directions 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing Go Easy Directions Promos ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by go easy directions 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Go Easy Directions 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Go Easy Directions Promos ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by go easy directions 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 go easy directions 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

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Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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