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.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The hijacker will change the homepage, search engine and new tab setting on the browser applications you have.|
|Symptoms||The 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 Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss GoMaps(.)co.|
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove GoMaps(.)co from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of GoMaps(.)co from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove GoMaps(.)co from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase GoMaps(.)co from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall GoMaps(.)co from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove GoMaps(.)co from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate GoMaps(.)co from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove GoMaps(.)co from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GoMaps(.)co
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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by GoMaps(.)co on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
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:
Get rid of GoMaps(.)co from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall GoMaps(.)co and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the GoMaps(.)co will be removed.
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.