How to remove Free Maps World Promos adware from the operating system

Also Known As: Ads by Free Maps World Promos
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Free Maps World Promos adware removal instructions

What is Free Maps World Promos?

Free Maps World Promos is software categorized as adware and endorsed as a tool for easy access to maps and routes. In fact, it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. This enables placement of various ads on any visited web page. Additionally, it has data tracking capabilities, which are used to monitor users' browsing activity. Since most users install Free Maps World Promos unintentionally, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).

Website used to promote Free Maps World Promos adware

Adware delivers a wide variety of unwanted and even harmful ads. For example, pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and so on. These diminish the browsing experience, by overlaying web page content and reducing browsing speed. Furthermore, once clicked, they can redirect to sale-oriented, untrusted, rogue, deceptive/scam, compromised and malicious sites. Visiting or trusting these websites can lead to serious problems. Clicking on intrusive ads can even trigger them to execute scripts designed to download/install rogue software without users' consent. PUAs are a prime example of content infiltrated into systems in this manner. These unwanted apps have other capabilities as well as delivering ad campaigns. They can force-open dangerous websites (as is the case with redirects by intrusive advertisements). Other types can hijack browsers by modifying settings and promoting bogus search engines. Regardless of specifics, most PUAs can track data. They monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). Typically, the collected data is shared with third parities (potentially, cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for profit. Therefore, PUAs can cause system infiltration and infections, lead to financial loss, serious privacy issues and identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, it is crucial to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Free Maps World Promos
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus.
Browser Extension(s) Free Maps World Promos
Supposed Functionality Easy access to various maps.
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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MusiCalm, Access+ and Damn Good Recipe Promos are some examples of other adware infections. These programs often seem legitimate and harmless. Despite this, they rarely work as promised and, in many cases, do not work at all. These characteristics are common to all PUAs. The only purpose of these unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs run intrusive advertisement campaigns, force-open untrusted and malicious web pages, modify browsers and track vulnerable data.

How did Free Maps World Promos install on my computer?

PUAs are often downloaded/installed inadvertently with other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushing downloads/installations (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) increases the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content onto the device. Some PUAs (including Free Maps World Promos) have "official" promotional sites from which they can be downloaded. When clicked, intrusive ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all software before download/installation. All downloads should be performed only from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy channels such as unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive and bundled content. Download/Installation processes should be approached with caution. Read the terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive ads may seem legitimate and harmless, however, they can redirect to highly dubious pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). If you encounter these advertisements/redirects, check the system and remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with Free Maps World Promos, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Free Maps World Promos adware asking for data-related permissions:

Free Maps World Promos adware asking for permissions

An example of advertisements provided by Free Maps World Promos adware:

Advertisement provided by Free Maps World Promos adware

Appearance of Free Maps World Promos adware (GIF):

Free Maps World Promos adware appearance (GIF)

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Quick menu:

Free Maps World 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.

Free Maps World Promos adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Free Maps World Promos", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

Remove Free Maps World Promos adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Free Maps World 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 "Free Maps World Promos", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Free Maps World Promos ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by free maps world 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 Free Maps World 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 "Free Maps World Promos", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Free Maps World Promos ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by free maps world 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 Free Maps World 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, remove "Free Maps World Promos".

Removing Free Maps World Promos ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by free maps world 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 free maps world 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:

Medium threat activity

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

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