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How to Remove Mapsanddrivingdirections.com Redirect

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This article aims to help you with the removal of Mapsanddrivingdirections.com redirect from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all harmful files in full.

Mapsanddrivingdirections.com is a questionable website that could suddenly start to appear during browsing sessions. This may be due to a potentially unwanted program installed on the device. The redirect may also load in the browser after a visit of another deceptive website. Keep reading to learn how to prevent it from appearing in the browser.

Threat Summary

Name Mapsanddrivingdirections.com
Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short Description A questionable website that starts to appear in the browser after several modifications of major browser settings.
Symptoms Browsing sessions are interrupted by Mapsanddrivingdirections.com redirect. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of additional online ads. Changes of browser settings usually happen without your knowledge.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Mapsanddrivingdirections.com – Spread Techniques

Among the most preferred techniques used for distribution of annoying redirects like Mapsanddrivingdirections.com are considered to be potentially unwanted programs and other poorly secured websites.

Potentially unwanted programs or PUPs for short are primarily designed to trick you into installing them without noticing this process. How this usually happens is via software bundles and freeware installers. The presence of the PUP could be easily missed if the ordinary installation steps are followed. Due to the fact that most users choose to follow these steps they rarely present any information about all components of the installer. Where such data may be presented is in the Advanced/Custom configuration options. So in order to prevent unwanted programs from running on your PC you should always choose them and read all the data there.

Various questionable websites may cause almost invisible redirects to Mapsanddrivingdirections.com. The only trait of such redirects could be noticed in the notification bar of your browser during loads of other where the domain could appear for less than a second. Such event enables the owners of the redirect to obtain certain details about your browsing behavior even when you don’t see their website loaded in the browser.

Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari could be affected by Mapsanddrivingdirections.com redirect.

Mapsanddrivingdirections.com – More About Its Impact

Mapsanddrivingdirections.com redirect could all of a sudden start to appear in your preferred web browser in an attempt to trick you into following various doubtful steps that may endanger the overall security of your PC.
On the picture below you could see how the main page of this redirect looks like:

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However, only a few symbols added to the URL could change entirely the destination path and eventually land you on another page hosted by the same domain. There may be different text patterns displayed by the redirect. All of which are likely to try to lure you into following deceptive guides.

Many bogus redirects like Mapsanddrivingdirections.com alert their potential victims about urgent issues related to the security of their computers, financial data or sensitive data stored on the device.

The purpose of all these alerts may be to trick users into downloading rogue anti-virus program that will resolve immediately the “existing” security-related problems, lure them into entering their financial credentials or mislead them to call a fake tech support number.

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Considering that Google Maps is the main subject of Mapsanddrivingdirections.com’s homepage we could guess that hackers may try to mislead users that they could download the legitimate version of the app from this website. However, what may be hidden behind a presented download option is their malicious code.

In case that you see redirects to this domain during browsing sessions, you should be warned that certain personally and non-personally identifiable details may be collected and send to Mapsanddrivingdirections.com’s servers. Eventually, some or all of the following may be harvested once the redirect loads in your browser:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)

Additionally, except Mapsanddrivingdirections.com redirect you may see an increased number of online ads to appear in the form of pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links and other. This in turn could cause browser slowdowns and even crashes. Furthermore, some of the unexpected ads that flood your browser may land you on compromised web pages that are set to trigger drive-by download attacks. The result of such an event may be an unnoticed installation of severe malware on your computer.

How to Remove Mapsanddrivingdirections.com Redirect

In order to remove Mapsanddrivingdirections.com redirect and all its associated files from your PC make sure to review and complete all the steps listed in the removal below. In it, you will find both manual and automatic removal instructions. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as after a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool you will be able to see the exact location of all potentially harmful files present on the system. Have in mind that files associated with this redirect may be detected with different names than Mapsanddrivingdirections.com.

In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Mapsanddrivingdirections.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Mapsanddrivingdirections.com

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Mapsanddrivingdirections.com and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Mapsanddrivingdirections.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Mapsanddrivingdirections.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Mapsanddrivingdirections.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Mapsanddrivingdirections.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Mapsanddrivingdirections.com and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Mapsanddrivingdirections.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Mapsanddrivingdirections.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Mapsanddrivingdirections.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Mapsanddrivingdirections.com via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Mapsanddrivingdirections.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Mapsanddrivingdirections.com from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Mapsanddrivingdirections.com from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Mapsanddrivingdirections.com from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Mapsanddrivingdirections.com from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Mapsanddrivingdirections.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Mapsanddrivingdirections.com from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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