Maps Pro Hub browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Maps Pro Hub?
Maps Pro Hub is a rogue application, endorsed as a tool for easy access to various maps. It is categorized as a browser hijacker. This app operates by making changes to browser settings in order to promote hmapsprohub.com - an illegitimate search engine. Additionally, it spies on users' browsing activity. Due to the questionable techniques used to distribute Maps Pro Hub, it also deemed to be a PUA (Potently Unwanted Application).
Browser hijackers mainly target Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other popular browsers with large user bases. These rogue apps assign the addresses of fake web searchers as browsers' default search engine, homepage and new tab/window URLs. Hence, with such a piece of software installed, every single new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address. Maps Pro Hub promotes hmapsprohub.com in this manner as well. Fake search engines are seldom capable of generating search results, so they redirect (or cause redirection chains leading) to genuine ones. The web searcher of Maps Pro Hub (hmapsprohub.com) is not an exception to this, it redirects to Bing (bing.com). Browser hijackers can restrict/deny access to the browser's settings and/or undo any permitted changes made. Therefore, the only method of recovering the affected browsers is by removing the browser hijacker. What is more, Maps Pro Hub has data tracking abilities. It can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and gather sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is likely to contain personally identifiable information and this data is typically monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To summarize, presence of data-tracking software on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is strongly advised to immediately eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins from it.
|Name||Maps Pro Hub|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Graftor.757837), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potenti), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.WinWrapp), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Maps Pro Hub|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy access to various maps|
|Serving IP Address (hmapsprohub.com)||184.108.40.206|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Easy Email Checker, Track Net Speed, Searchaize are a few examples of other browser hijackers. They appear legitimate and useful, tempting users into download/installation with a wide variety of functionalities. However, these features rarely work as advertised and in most cases - they do not work at all. In fact, this is true of practically all PUAs. Since unwanted apps have but one goal - to generate profit for the developers, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. PUAs are designed to modify browsers, force-open untrustworthy and malicious sites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns and track/collect vulnerable data.
How did Maps Pro Hub install on my computer?
Some PUAs (e.g. Maps Pro Hub) have "official" download webpages. They can also be downloaded/installed together with other products. This false marketing tactic of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious content. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled additions into the device. Intrusive ads can infiltrate these applications into systems as well. Upon being clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software prior to download/installation. Only official and verified download channels should be used. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - commonly offer deceptive and bundled content, due to this they are deemed to be untrustworthy. Download and installation processes must be treated with caution. Therefore, it is important to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline downloading/installing supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. Intrusive adverts appear ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to various unreliable and dubious pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). In case of encounters with such advertisements/redirects, the system must be inspected and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with Maps Pro Hub, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Maps Pro Hub browser hijacker installation setup:
Maps Pro Hub browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting Maps Pro Hub browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Maps Pro Hub?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Maps Pro Hub application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove hmapsprohub.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Maps Pro Hub browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove hmapsprohub.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove hmapsprohub.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Maps Pro Hub browser hijacker removal:
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 recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Maps Pro Hub"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the hmapsprohub.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Maps Pro Hub browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://hmapsprohub.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Maps Pro Hub".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hmapsprohub.com redirect, 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 Pro Hub" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Maps Pro Hub", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.hmapsprohub.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "hmapsprohub.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hmapsprohub.com redirect, 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" and remove "Maps Pro Hub", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Maps Pro Hub", remove hxxp://hmapsprohub.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with hmapsprohub.com redirect 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 and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
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 top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hmapsprohub.com redirect, 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.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove hmapsprohub.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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