This reveals more details about Search.maps2go.net hijacker and provides removal guide in help of all users affected by this hijacker.
Search.maps2go.net is an annoying hijacker that replaces main browser destinations without your permission. Once it manages to access your device, it alters main browser settings in order to force you into using its deceptive services. This, in turn, enables it to spy on your online activities and keeps a record of almost each your interaction. Affected browser settings are likely to be those of the start page, new tab page and default search engine.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||A website that pushes questionable search enigne in an attempt to obtain sensitive details and use them for the delivery of trgeted advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your browser homepage, new tab page and default search enigne are replaced by hijacker’s main page without your permission.|
|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 Search.maps2go.net.|
Search.maps2go.net – Spread Techniques
Considered to be a potentially unwanted program further classified as browser hijacker Search.maps2go.net is likely to be spread via shady techniques that conceal its presence. Among these techniques are software bundling, corrupted web pages, fake notifications for program updates, and other. They are designed in a way that tricks users into installing undesired apps like the discussed one.
Commonly the presence of the undesired Search.maps2go.net on your device is a result of any PUP that is also running on it. How such a PUP could land on your device is along with another desired program. The configuration code of the undesired app is usually hidden in the installers of free third-party apps. An opportunity to prevent installing annoying apps on your device is the access to Advanced/Custom configuration step available in installers. Once you get familiar with all details mentioned there you could choose wisely how to act further. In case that you see some unnecessary extras, you could opt out their installation and continue with the installation of the primary app.
Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari could be affected by Search.maps2go.net hijacker.
Search.maps2go.net – More About Its Impact
Search.maps2go.net is a domain that hosts questionable search engine. It is classified as browser hijacker due to intrusive behavior. The presence of this hijacker in your preferred web browser is most likely caused by any potentially unwanted program which has managed to access your Mac.
An infection with Search.maps2go.net leads to some significant browser changes that affect main browser settings. The hijacker could affect the start page, new tab page and default search engine. As a consequence, you could see its main page every time you open the affected browser.
Here is the main page of this hijacker that is likely to appear during each your browsing session:
One of the first things we noticed during our research is the lack of a secure connection to this website:
This could cause some significant security and privacy-related issues as cybercriminals could easily hack the site and obtain all sensitive details you provide online.
However, like many other browser hijackers, Search.maps2go.net is believed to record your:
- Type of browser
- The type of the user’s device
- Language preferences
- Time stamps
- Visited pages
- Search logs
- Operating system type and version
- Utilized internet service provider
- IP address
Based on this information, the browser hijacker may display different types of advertisements:
- Ad-supported search results.
- Highlighted text.
- Other types of advertisements.
The presence of all these ads in the affected browser could make it sluggish or sometimes even unresponsive. Furthermore, some of them may be set to land on infected web pages that deliver malware directly on the device they’re loaded.
How to Remove Search.maps2go.net Browser Hijacker
In order to remove Search.maps2go.net browser hijacker and all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you need to pass through several removal steps. You can find these steps in the removal guide below. The guide enables you to choose between manual and automatic removal approach. Our advice is to combine the steps as this way you will be able to get rid of this particular undesired program and strengthen the security of your device as well. Have in mind that the hijacker may store its files on the system with names that have nothing in common with its domain address.
In case that you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us at our email.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.maps2go.net 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.
- 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.maps2go.net via Step 1 above:
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: Remove Search.maps2go.net – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Search.maps2go.net files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search.maps2go.net, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.