I wrote this article to help you remove Maps and Directions Virus. This Maps and Directions Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Maps and Directions is not a helpful application. It makes big promises but falls short on each one. This program is advertised as a helpful tool, which offers you assistance with navigation. It claims that it shows you the best, safest and fastest routes to your desired destination. In reality, though, it doesn’t deliver on any of these promised. Maps and Directions is actually a browser hijacker and it was never meant to be beneficial to you in any way.
The program was created by crooks and nothing created by crooks is safe and useful. Do not fool yourself to think that Maps and Directions will be of assistance. It won`t. If you keep it, the only thing you will get is annoyance. Do yourself a favor and cut the pest`s stay as short as possible. Find where it is hiding and delete it on the spot. The longer it stays, the more problems you face. Act! Delays lead to regrets.
Once Maps and Directions has entered, problems start pouring. Your browsing experience becomes a mess. The nasty hijacker starts making various changes in your settings behind your back. It even replaces your homepage and search engine without even informing you of the switch. Your opinion is no longer relevant because you are not the one in charge anymore. The hijacker is and it does whatever it wants. It redirects you to suspicious pages all the time. It floods your screen with annoying commercials.
Your browsers start having problems with displaying any content correctly. Your machine starts underperforming even when offline. Apps take forever to load. Your system crashes and freezes occasionally. It even reboots which, in turn, leads to data loss. However, those are not your only problems. As irritating as they are, there is something worse happing in the shadows.
The hijacker is spying on you. It monitors your every online move and records all the sensitive data it can find. Then, when it deems it has gathered enough, it sends it all to the cybercriminals who published it. These strangers with agendas get a hold of your private details and they can use them for whatever they see fit. One thing is sure, though. No matter what they use it for, you will be the one to suffer.
Do not let this happen but find and delete the hijacker before it is too late. The infection uses every second on board to cause problems. Do not tolerate it. Do not sit idly by while it is wreaking havoc on your own machine. Take matters into your own hands and delete the pest before it manages to cause you some irrevocable damage. To do that manually, follow our detailed instructions at the end of this article and get rid of the pest. The sooner it is gone, the better. Do not hesitate. Your predicament worsens by the minute!
How did Maps and Directions get in? Unfortunately, you were the one to let the hijacker on board. It cannot enter without your permission and, obviously, you gave it. Do not be too harsh on yourself, though. The parasite doesn’t ask for permission openly. It relies on tricky methods and, most importantly, on your haste, distraction, and carelessness. It lies to your face and if you are not careful enough, you fall into the trap. Change your habits.
Be more vigilant. Always think twice before you click on something suspicious (an email, ad, link, page, torrent, update, etc.) Infections pray for your negligence. Without it, no method is good enough to work. Do not provide it. Do not make yourself an easy target. Do the opposite. Be cautious and protect your computer.
Maps and Directions Virus Removal
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Maps and Directions Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.