How to Remove Search.gomaps.co Browser Hijacker

The big news right now must be The Rio Olympics 2016. No one wants to miss the most exciting moment. Some people may choose to watch the games on TV, but there must be some people who watch them online through the internet. And this is the thing that we should be careful. No one believe that he shall be careful about fake video websites till he get computer hacked or infected.

I am watching review of the Olympics 2016 opening ceremony online. It is quiet wired that that the homepage is changed to Search.gomaps.co and I think that it must because of the clicks of some malicious links when I search “Olympics 2016 opening ceremony”. I do click on some unknown links which redirect me to some unfamiliar websites that can watch videos online, but I just click to close them before the videos start playing. And I think nothing will happen but I am wrong…the homepage of Chrome is hijacked.

What is Search.gomaps.co

Search.gomaps.co is a search website which is related to an application named Go Maps Software. This search site is offered by Go Maps is a free desktop application that offers you direct links to websites from your new preferred homepage and saves your new preferred home page and/or new tab page. At the beginning, it will set browser homepage to Go maps on Chrome, internet explorer and Firefox. It means that this page will be set as default homepage of all your web browsers on computer automatically. In fact, this is the most nasty thing as many users would think that their browsers are hijacked as the homepage is automatically changed to unknown website without permission. To be more detailed, this search page is a part of Maps Software. It will be installed along with Maps Software during the installation process, which means that you are not reject it once you want to install Maps Software or you get Maps Software installed along with other programs.Search.gomaps.co

“By Downloading or Using the Go Maps Software, you agree that you have approved such changes and you understand that you can reconfigure such settings at any time from the “Options Menu” available in the Go Maps Software (to the extent that there is such a menu), in the Settings options of your Internet Browser (for example, for web-search related changes).”

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The above is the explanation of its developers. Those people who do not expect any change on browser will be angry since the changes do not ask for any permission. Despite users can learn related information about these changes, they can only get the information through its official website. In today’s world, where users likely do not depend on safe homepage for security, we do still want to feel safe. We want to know that the change of settings will harm computer or browsers and if the changes will make us lose control of browsing.

The Information of Go Maps Software

Go Maps Software is a free application which provides free online map for users. It does not requires any registration and you only need to download its add-on and add it to web browser. Once the extension is enabled and activated, you are able to know what is your exact location, how is the weather today and the detailed information about the place you want to go. With this extension added, you are able to search any destination and find the way to go there by street view or earth view. The detailed map information will fast and up to date, making you capable of getting all new changes. On your way to your destination, you can check traffic condition at any time since it offers traffic alerts and updates in time. You can easily avoid traffic jams and improve your trips or daily commute.

What New Changes Will Be Made by Search.gomaps.co

1. Change of the default search engine in your Internet Browser, including your Browser’s built-in search box, if applicable, and address bar;
2. Change of the default home page and/or new tabs of your Internet Browser;
3. Addition of alternative error page functionality, such as “Page Not Found”, if applicable;
4. Additional search-related services;
5. Allowing software updates of the Go Maps Software once a new version is released and the ability to send you notifications;
6. Allow first-party publisher or Partner Cookies to be installed in your Browser. These Cookies can be controlled through your Settings on your Browser Controls.terms

How to Remove Search.gomaps.co Browser Hijacker

Note: the self-help guide is a manual removal that is provided for computer experts or experienced users who know how to restart computer in windows safe mode and delete registry entries. Do note that if you are the one who do not have computer skills, then you might be taking the risks of putting your computer into dangers. Please choose the option one above if you do not want a bad ending.

Download removal tool


 

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Step one. Uninstall suspicious programs from computer
Step two. Remove related extensions from browsers
Step three.  associated registry entires
Step four. Clean all traces and leftovers


Step one. Uninstall suspicious programs from computer

Usually, we uninstall a program through add/remove programs window once it does not have a build-in uninstaller included. To open add/remove program or programs and features window on different operating systems:
For windows XP users:
1. To uninstall software applications in Windows, click Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove Programs, and then choose the software you want to uninstall.Start-Control Panle-Windows7
2. You can also uninstall software applications in Windows by going to Start Menu > Computer> C Drive > Program Files or Program Files (x86) > [program name] > Right-click > Delete.

For window 8/10 users:
Click the lower left corner from desktop, select “control panel” option and then continually choose “programs and features” option from list. (or only choose “control panel” if you are under classify view)2

For window 7/Vista users:
From the lower left corner of desktop, click “start” button and select “control panel” option in main list. After, choose “uninstall programs” option1

When the window pops up, we need to check all programs one by one and find Uncheckit in list. If you get too many programs on computer, we can choose to list all programs in time order, then it will be easier for you to find it.

Once it is found, select on it and click “uninstall” button above. Then follow the uninstalling step by step to remove it fully.

Step two. Remove related extensions from browsers

ie icon * Remove unwanted add-on/extension from internet explorer
To uninstall Internet Explorer Add-ons (Windows), click the settings icon on Internet Explorer > > Tools

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Manage add-ons and Extensions, and then choose the extension you would like to uninstall.

disablefirefox icon* Remove unwanted extension from Mozilla Firefox
To uninstall Firefox extensions (Windows or Mac OSX), click Tools on Firefox > Add-ons>

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click Extensions, and then choose the extension you would like to uninstall.

7chrome icon* Remove suspicious extensions from Google Chrome
To uninstall Chrome extensions (Windows or Mac OSX), click the Chrome menu (or wrench icon)> Settings

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select  Extensions, and then choose the Extension you would like to uninstall.

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To uninstall Safari extensions (Windows or Mac OSX), click the Safari Settings menu or File> preferences Safari> Extensions, and then choose the extension you would like to uninstall.

To uninstall the Toolbar from your mobile device, please refer to your mobile device instruction manual or terms of service. For example, on the Apple iPhone operating system, if you hold down the icon of the Toolbar you wish to delete until it shakes, you will get an “x” in the corner of the Toolbar icon and you can tap the “x” to delete the software. Please note that the Toolbar may include one or more executable files, therefore if you wish to uninstall one or more Toolbar files, please make sure to look for the specific Toolbar name on your computer or mobile device.
Step three.  associated registry entires

Click start or windows icon at the lower let corner on desktop, search “regedit” on computer. And then click “regedit” program

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As a result, the registry editor will pop up. Click “edit” and then choose “find”

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Once the search box pops up, put Search.gomaps.co into it and click “find next” option

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Step four. Clean all traces and leftovers

There are some hidden files and folders which can be not found on system easily. Thus, we should make use of automatic tool to scan the entire system in order to check whether all related information and leftovers are removed.

 1. Download SpyHunter Here and Save related files.

download SPYHUNTER

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2. Double click the Exe file, choose run.

SAVE FILES

There will be a language option window pop up, select your language and then click OK.

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3. Click continue to forward SpyHunter installer

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 4. Accept EULA and Privacy Policy to End User License Agreements

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 5. Wait several seconds to complete the installation

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 6. Once the installation is completed, click exit.

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7. Right now, SpyHunter is automatically running on your computer, run a entirely scan on your computer.

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Note: Do not worry if SpyHunter automatically updates because it will update at the beginning once you download an old version.

Step 8. As long as the scan is finished, remove all threats from your computer by clicking Fix Threats.

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How to Avoid Being Hijacked By Browser Hijacker

It is important to keep browser safe since it is the most possible port that open for virus taken and controlled. According to the research in 2015, there are over million web attacks against people each day in 2015. There is no doubt that hacker will make use of vulnerabilities in legitimate websites to infect users, because website administrators fail to secure their websites. Nearly 75 percent of all legitimate websites have unpatched vulnerabilities, putting us all at risk. Compared to other programs, browser is always the weakest program targeted by hacker and cyber criminals according to the Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2015.

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sOURCE: https://securelist.com/analysis/kaspersky-security-bulletin/73038/kaspersky-security-bulletin-2015-overall-statistics-for-2015/

There is no question that browser hijacker has evolved considerably over the years which make it more dangerous to computer. Just compare the browser to other programs, users will be easier to make mistaken clicks during using. Web browsers have cemented themselves as the important role in our daily browsing. It is easy for us to click on some malicious links, ads and text when we continue scanning web contents with a lot of pictures, ads, words and links. They all can be the deliver of malware. What we need to do is to avoid the number of clicking, downloading, installing and saving of unknown process, links, applications and even any hypertext.

When we use computer, many things can be done to protect computer and help us feel safer. Using professional tools- a trustworthy tool – is a great idea because it can help us reduce the risks of being hacked. In addition, we can make protection stronger through running security tools. We may probably know using security tool is good for computer safety, but it is also a proven way to put us in a better mood when browsing. So it make sense that using professional tool is an effective way to avoid being hacked again, but that is not all – there are still other things we can do to make the defense stronger.

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Attention:

The following video offers a complete guide for Search.gomaps.co removal. You’d better watch it in full-screen mode

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