What kind of application is Text to Google Maps?
Text to Google Maps is described as a tool allowing users to send the selected text to Google Maps (search for selected location/address in Google Maps). However, while testing this browser extension, we found that unwanted advertisements appear while it is added to a browser. Thus, we classified Text to Google Maps as adware.
Text to Google Maps in detail
Clicking on advertisements generated by advertising-supported apps like Text to Google Maps can open questionable websites or even download and install unwanted software. Those ads can lead to various scam websites (e.g., technical support scams), shady pages encouraging to download questionable apps, asking to provide sensitive information, etc.
It is known that Text to Google Maps can also read and change data on all websites, detect a physical location, and display notifications. Accessed data may be monetized by its developers by selling it to third parties, using it for marketing purposes, and in other ways. Notifications coming from Text to Google Maps can be used to promote untrustworthy pages and apps.
|Name||Ads by Text to Google Maps|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive websites, pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
In addition to displaying annoying ads and collecting data, adware can be designed to hijack a web browser. It can change the settings of a web browser to promote some fake search engine. In such cases, users are forced to browse the Internet with a fake search engine that may show misleading results and unwanted ads and redirect to untrustworthy pages.
How did adware install on my computer?
Our team discovered Text to Google Maps on a deceptive website encouraging visitors to update the Chrome browser. It was added to a browser after following the instructions on that page (its screenshot is provided below). It is worth mentioning that there could be more deceptive pages promoting Text to Google Maps app.
In other cases, users install (or add) adware via deceptive advertisements and installers for other programs. When installers include adware, they also have "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings. Adware installs alongside other software when installations are finished without changing the aforementioned settings.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Do not finish downloads and installations of software until unwanted apps (optional downloads and installations) are deselected. Always check downloaders/installers for available settings to see if they mention additionally included apps.
Also, do not trust advertisements and notifications displayed by or on shady websites. Download apps from official pages and stores (do not use third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources for that). If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Deceptive websites promoting the Text to Google Maps application:
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- What is Text to Google Maps?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 Text to Google Maps adware using Combo Cleaner:
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 "Text to Google Maps" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by text to google maps, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by text to google maps 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 text to google maps, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Advertising-supported software can slow down a computer. It also can diminish the web browsing experience by showing annoying ads and manipulating the settings of a web browser. In some cases, adware can be the reason behind invaded privacy.
What does adware do?
All adware-type applications show intrusive advertisements. They also can be designed to promote fake search engines (by hijacking web browsers) and collect information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Most adware developers participate in affiliate programs to monetize adware. They earn commissions for promoting various products, services, websites, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Text to Google Maps adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate adware. It is recommended to remove adware using specialized apps like Combo Cleaner since files and other components belonging to adware may remain in the system after manual removal.