This page aims to help you remove OnlineMapFinder “Malware”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
OnlineMapFinder is a program that belongs to a group of suspicious browser tools (also known as browser hijackers) that tend to take over popular browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and others, and make them behave strangely. Usually, the users, who detect OnlineMapFinder in their system, experience some potentially unwanted changes in their browser’s homepage or search engine, sudden redirects to specific sites and very intrusive ad generation. Fortunately, there is no serious reason for a disturbance in case that such a browser hijacker gets installed on your machine. This type of software is not malicious and cannot cause direct harm, which may surely happen if you get infected with a Trojan horse or Ransomware virus, for example. The representatives of this type of browser hijacking software are programmed to basically occupy the user’s browser and promote certain services or web pages. Nothing more. However, their ad-generation activity may often get a bit more intrusive than what is tolerable and in such a case, the presence of the browser hijacker may have a negative impact on the overall performance of the affected browser, as well as on the users’ experience. For this reason, we generally advise our readers to remove programs like OnlineMapFinder and uninstall their components from the system. How can this be done? Let us show you in the guide below.
Is OnlineMapFinder really not a fatal system threat?
If we compare programs from the malicious category (such as viruses, Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.) to browser hijackers, we definitely can come up with some significant differences. Malware, for instance, is basically created to do some sort of fraud or theft and the people, who stand behind it, are cyber criminals. Programs like OnlineMapFinder “Malware” are created by legitimate software developers. These programs do not contain harmful scripts and generally do not pose a threat to your system. They only show various ads, banners, pop-ups and intrusive new tabs, redirect the users’ searches to sponsored content and modify the browser’s settings. Still, as harmless as they are, browser hijackers may cause some serious irritation and disturbance, which may really make you wish to uninstall them.
OnlineMapFinder Toolbar “Malware” Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove OnlineMapFinder from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove OnlineMapFinder from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove OnlineMapFinder from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!
In some cases, the constant generation of advertisements and the background processes related to that may lead to slowing down the browser and even the computer itself. You may also frequently experience unwanted redirects and interruptions of your browsing sessions by numerous pop-up ads and nagging banners. Such activity is not surprising, as the hijacker usually partners with a number of linked third-party websites that try to get their ads exposed. So, as far as the quality of browsing is related, tools like OnlineMapFinder may eventually fail to provide relevant search results and may often try to show you some sponsored third-party content. Additionally, none of the hijackers have security plugins, which can guarantee the safety of the content that gets displayed on your screen. This means that if you click on the suggestions, you may eventually bump into some sites with bugs, security breakthroughs, virus attacks or similar hazards. With this in mind, we believe that you have more than enough reasons to remove the hijacker from your system. You can speed up the process using the professional removal tool or the instructions in the guide at the end of the page.
How may you end up with a browser hijacker and how to prevent that?
The OnlineMapFinder toolbar can usually be installed on your PC with your permission, by simply downloading the program to your computer. Still, there are many other ways to end up with this browser hijacker. A very common practice for software developers is to bundle it along with some free software. That’s why you may often find it in some free download setups, installation managers, torrents, freeware packs or shareware platforms. To avoid the installation of the hijacker, we advise you to pay attention to the components you install along with free software and always select Advanced/ Manual/ Custom installation, which can help you customize the setup and disable any potentially unwanted software that might be bundled.
How to safely uninstall OnlineMapFinder and remove all of its components?
Many users report that only deleting the extensions and toolbars form the browser does not eliminate OnlineMapFinder. This is because once the hijacker is installed, it usually integrates its components deep into the system. That’s why you may need some detailed instructions, just like those in the removal guide below, to reach and remove these components. To save time to detect and remove them, you can also use the professional security tools. It can remove the program automatically for a few minutes.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A new toolbar or search engine may replace your default one, dozens of ads and pop-ups mays start to interrupt your normal browsing.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, software bundles, free installers, automatic installation managers, torrents, freeware sites.|
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