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Remove GoMaps(.)co Browser Hijacker Totally from Your PC

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Search.gomaps(.)co is the search engine of the browser hijacker located at GoMaps(.)co. The hijacker is developed and spread by SaferBrowser – a company, which has gained notoriety for making similar software. The new tab, home page, and the search engine are settings which will be modified by the undesirable program. A toolbar might be placed in your browsers, as well as an extension related to the browser hijacker. You can get redirected. To remove the hijacker and all its items, you should read this article till the end.

Threat Summary

NameGoMaps(.)co
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe hijacker will change the homepage, search engine and new tab setting on the browser applications you have.
SymptomsThe homepage, search engine and new tab of your browsers will be changed to search.gomaps(.)co. An extension related to this hijacker can be installed as well. You will get redirected or see sponsored content and ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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GoMaps(.)co – Methods of Distribution

GoMaps(.)co can be distributed with third-party installations. Without you realizing, you could get the hijacker somewhere on your computer system via a bundled package or a freeware program. Installer setups could be set to install additional components by default. To avoid programs with hijacking capabilities, like these, from installing you should search for Custom or Advanced settings from where you can deselect them.

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The extension associated to Search.gomaps(.)co is distributed in a few places and might even find its way in the Google Chrome Web Store. The extension is available to be downloaded directly from some websites, such as Gomaps(.)co, as you can see above. Another way this hijacker can distribute is through advertisements, and redirecting links from suspicious websites. Browsers that are affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

GoMaps(.)co – More About It

Search.gomaps(.)co is the search engine of the browser hijacker GoMaps. The search engine is a sub-domain of GoMaps(.)co. The hijacker is presented as a geo-location tool – it also can redirect to popular tools such as Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and Bing Maps, from its toolbar. Probably, that is what is used by the hijacker.

When the hijacker is on your PC, you could witness redirects, and that may slow your machine. Your settings will be tampered with and changed by the unwanted program. All your browsers might undergo changes with their new tab, homepage, search engine, bookmarks, toolbar, themes, and extensions. This software is developed by the SaferBrowser company. They have made many browser hijackers in the past, and this one might be similar in design or function to some of them. Take for example the Search.GetMaps(.)co browser hijacker.

This is how the main page of the search engine looks:

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A browser extension or some plug-in might be placed in your browsers and change their settings, too. Additive applications such as those usually originate from bundled software and get inside your computer upon installation. In that way, redirects are possible to be generated, and mostly to Search.gomaps(.)co, its partners and affiliates.

The extension tied to the hijacker does the following:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

Your browsing experience can become quite the mess if Search.gomaps(.)co is active on your computer and browsers. You could get redirected multiple times, plus the newly modified search settings can add chaos and confusion. Not to mention that your search results will be filtered by the hijacker and could go via its servers, taking more time for your browser applications to respond and load. Content that is misleading or sponsored is possible to appear in search results and around sites. Advertisements could show as in-text links or pop-up ads, but it’s not excluded for other ad types to show up, too.

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From the picture above, you can see, that the search results of the Search.gomaps(.)co search engine redirect to another search engine’s search results page. You can land on Yahoo most of the time, but other search engines can emerge as well. Any queries and searches you do will be filtered by the unwanted program, so be careful with what you write in search bars. Read on to find out what information can be collected from you and how that is being done.

GoMaps(.)co – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of Search.gomaps(.)co clearly suggests that information, which is both personally and non-personally identifiable to you can be obtained by this hijacker. The SaferBrowser company is consistent in keeping the same policy for nearly all of its applications. All collected information may also be disclosed to third party affiliates and partners.

According to the Policy, the following data can be acquired:

  • Search queries and all data you type in searches
  • Search data and specifics of searches
  • Country of residence, home address
  • URLs and clicks
  • IP address
  • Browser (version and type)
  • Name, education, interests
  • Communications preferences
  • Telephone number
  • Operating System (and other related data)

See a picture of the Policy here:

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Using any services or programs associated to the Search.gomaps(.)co website automatically gives your approval for the company SaferBrowser to collect information from you and your PC. Cookies placed on the site, as well as other tracking technologies, like web beacons, for instance, could gather more data about you and your browsing habits. Be wary of what you input in searches.

Remove GoMaps(.)co Completely from Your PC

To remove Search.gomaps(.)co manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker effectively, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program helps keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove GoMaps(.)co from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GoMaps(.)co

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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 GoMaps(.)co 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 GoMaps(.)co 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 GoMaps(.)co 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 GoMaps(.)co 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 GoMaps(.)co from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall GoMaps(.)co and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 GoMaps(.)co:

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 GoMaps(.)co. 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 GoMaps(.)co. 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 GoMaps(.)co 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 GoMaps(.)co. 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 GoMaps(.)co 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 GoMaps(.)co 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 GoMaps(.)co 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.



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Remove GoMaps(.)co 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 GoMaps(.)co 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 GoMaps(.)co 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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