THREAT REMOVAL

Remove Search.mapseasy.net Browser Hijacker

Search.mapseasy.net browser hijacker affected chrome browser

This article aims to help you with the removal of Search.mapseasy.net hijacker from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all harmful files in full.

Search.mapseasy.net browser hijacker is an undesired program that modifies basic browser settings without notifying you. How this program could land on your PC is via shady techniques that trick you into installing it unintentionally. Once it is started on the system it initiates several modifications that change basic browser settings. Among affected browser elements are the homepage, new tab page and default search engine.

Threat Summary

Name Search.mapseasy.net
Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short Description A website with questionable search enigne that replaces the homepage, new tab page and default search engine in target browsers. All modifications could happen without your consent.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser are set to dislay the main page of Search.mapseasy.net hijacker. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
Detection Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware

Download

Malware Removal Tool

User Experience Join Our Forum to Discuss Search.mapseasy.net.

Search.mapseasy.net – Spread Techniques

The appearance of Search.mapseasy.net hijacker in the browser is a result of an undesired program installed on the PC. Such a program usually lands on computer systems with the help of shady techniques of distribution. The primary one is known to be software bundling. It is a perfect way for malicious intenders to trick users into installing potentially unwanted programs like this one along with a program they desire. To make the technique more effective they do not reveal any details about the presence of the PUP in the regular installation steps and further set it to install by default. An efficient way to prevent the installation of such undesired programs is to select the Advanced or Custom configuration options during the installation process of third-party apps on your PC. By accessing them you could find information about any additional programs and reject their installation.

Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by Search.mapseasy.net hijacker.

Search.mapseasy.net – More About Its Impact

The most visible impacts caused by this undesired program are the changes that occur in your preferred web browser. These changes usually affect the homepage, new tab page and default search engine. They could be all set to display the main page of Search.mapseasy.net hijacker which you could see below:

Search.mapseasy.net browser hijacker affected chrome browser

As you could see in the picture above the connection with this website is not secured which is yet another issue that endangers the security of your system and data. On the one hand, this may enable malicious intenders to gain access to the website, compromise its code and this way gain access to your computer. With such kind of attack, they could drop and activate additional malware on the system that in turn may enable them to harvest data stored on it. On the other hand, the unsecured connection with Search.mapseasy.net may let attackers steal sensitive information directly from the affected browser. So you should be careful what details you provide in the fields presented by this hoax search engine. What you should definitely refrain from is entering any passwords, credit card details, or login credentials in the fields.

There is no doubt that one of the primary purposes that this hijacker has is data collection. And eventually, after it hijacks a target browser it becomes able to spy on your online activities, record them on its servers and this way enable its owners to use your data for their business and advertising purposes. As a consequence, the number of ads that appear in your affected browser may increase at the expense of your browser speed. All pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, new tab pages, redirects and other kinds of online ads injected by the hijacker are potentially harmful due to the fact that they may land you on other poorly secured web pages compromised by hackers.

As of the searching services provided by Search.mapseasy.net they were revealed to redirect all searches to another deceptive search engine called Search.tools . As it is likely to be yet another browser hijacker be warned that the results displayed by it may not be the most relevant ones released on the web.

Search.mapseasy.net – Privacy Policy

The policy of Search.mapseasy.net hijacker is located at the bottom of its main page. This section provides information about the owners of this website, the kind of data collected by their products as well as how the obtained data is going to be used.

According to information provided in the policy, this website is owned by a company called AVSoftware, LLC. All their products including Search.mapseasy.net could collect both personally and non-personally identifiable information from all affected users.

All non-personally identifiable details are collected by default once the hijacker gains access to the browser. Eventually, as long as it is running in your browser it is able to obtain and record the following details:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Search queries
  • Type of used browser
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Cookie information
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)

As of personally identifiable data here is what the company states:

AVSoftware may request that a user provide an e-mail address if such user wishes to be contacted regarding any offers, updates, newsletters and service-related announcements. If a user provides an e-mail address to AVSoftware, such user authorizes AVSoftware to send user communications.

Even if they keep their word and refrain from renting, selling, or sharing any information about you with any third parties, they could use the details for their advertising campaigns. And since their website is unsecured it is highly vulnerable to hacks which in turn could let attackers steal all data from their database.

How to Remove Search.mapseasy.net Browser Hijacker

In order to remove Search.mapseasy.net hijacker and all associated files from your PC make sure to complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this undesired program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool reveals the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by Search.mapseasy.net. The results enable you to access and remove all harmful files from the infected PC. Have in mind that files associated with this hijacker may be detected with different names than Search.mapseasy.net.

In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

More Posts

Follow Me:
Google Plus


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove Search.mapseasy.net from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.mapseasy.net

OFFER

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Search.mapseasy.net 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 Search.mapseasy.net 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 Search.mapseasy.net 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 Search.mapseasy.net 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of Search.mapseasy.net from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.mapseasy.net and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Search.mapseasy.net:

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 Search.mapseasy.net. 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 Search.mapseasy.net. 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 Search.mapseasy.net 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 Search.mapseasy.net. 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Search.mapseasy.net 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase Search.mapseasy.net 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Search.mapseasy.net 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Search.mapseasy.net 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.mapseasy.net 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Search.mapseasy.net 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.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Stay tuned
Subscribe for our newsletter regarding the latest cybersecurity and tech-related news.