A browser hijacker created by Get Maps™ has been reported to affect users by changing the default home page to a custom search engine that also has a non-encrypted connection. The search engine is called Search(.)getmaps(.)co and it transfers users to a modified search.yahoo.com web page displaying different advertisements. Such ads may lead to suspicious third-party websites and this is why Search(.)getmaps(.)co browser hijacker has been deemed as an indirect low-level threat. Since it may not be detected with a conventional antivirus software, it is advisable to follow the tutorial after this article to entirely remove it.
|Short Description||The software changes the user’s homepage to Search(.)getmaps(.)co and may collect user information.|
|Symptoms||Slow PC, different ad-supported search results, other forms of ads.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search(.)getmaps(.)co|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Search(.)getmaps(.)co.|
Search(.)getmaps(.)co Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It
The most likely reason because of which you may have accidentally installed this hijacker is called bundling. Bundling involves adding software to the installer of a free program downloaded online. It can be quite nasty sometimes, and this is why we advise users always to be careful when they install software on their computer because bundling can be quite nasty sometimes. Search(.)getmaps(.)co most likely came to the user PC via software, called SaferBrowser which is also responsible for other search engines of this character, like MyClassFiedsXP(.)com and Home.login-help(.)net Browser Hijackers.
Search(.)getmaps(.)co Browser Hijacker – How Does It Work
As soon as the browser hijacker has been installed on our computer, it may be added as a concealed extension to your browser and may request permissions to:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
- Read and change your browsing history.
- Manage your downloads.
- Manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
Once we checked the search engine, the first detail which was noticed was that the hoax search engine itself did not provide HTTPs encryption. This is highly untypical for legitimate search engines. Beside this we have identified adware cookies used solely by the search engine:
An interesting detail was noticed by this software when we have made a comparison to its Yahoo search results and the original Yahoo search. We have found that the advertisements displayed by the original are to top rated websites, whereas the ads provided by the Yahoo redirect of Search(.)getmaps(.)co led to suspicious sites:
Besides collecting personal information, this is the main reason such ad-supported applications are considered to be indirectly risky for the user. This is why it is advisable to stay away from them.
Uninstall Search(.)getmaps(.)co Browser Hijacker Fully
To get rid of this low-level threat, a standard antivirus will not do. And it doesn’t make sense to reinstall your OS because it is a timely process and you have to back-up your data.
Instead, what we advise is to follow carefully the step-by-step instructions provided below and use an advanced anti-malware tool to locate any objects and files left over on your computer and automatically neutralize the hijacker. Also, it is important after removal to change all of your passwords since they may have been collected via cookies.