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 malware|
|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.
Delete Search(.)getmaps(.)co from Windows and Your Browser
Remove Search(.)getmaps(.)co automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search(.)getmaps(.)co from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search(.)getmaps(.)co from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search(.)getmaps(.)co from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search(.)getmaps(.)co from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search(.)getmaps(.)co from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search(.)getmaps(.)co from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search(.)getmaps(.)co from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search(.)getmaps(.)co from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search(.)getmaps(.)co
Step 2: Uninstall Search(.)getmaps(.)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 Search(.)getmaps(.)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 Search(.)getmaps(.)co there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search(.)getmaps(.)co from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search(.)getmaps(.)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 Search(.)getmaps(.)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 Search(.)getmaps(.)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 Search(.)getmaps(.)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 Search(.)getmaps(.)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 Search(.)getmaps(.)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 Search(.)getmaps(.)co will be removed.
Eliminate Search(.)getmaps(.)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.