Remove Maps Now “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) May 2019 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Maps Now “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Are you familiar with the behavior of the browser hijacker applications and the general nature and purpose of this type of software? If not, then, on this page, we will tell you everything you need to know about them. In fact, if you’ve come to this site because an app called Maps Now “Virus” has taken over your Chrome or Firefox or Explorer browser (or any other) and has started to spam your screen with hundreds of pop-up ads, banners, page-redirecting messages and sponsored hyperlinks, then you should know that you are dealing with a browser hijacker.

The Browser hijackers are a widespread type of software that is normally programmed to impose certain changes in your browser settings. The most obvious ones are related to the replacement of the homepage with another domain and the installation of a new default search engine which may redirect your searches to different sponsored pages. Another distinctive feature of this software type is the huge number of advertisements that tend to appear in the windows of your browser the moment a browser hijacker becomes part of your system.

Since you are on this page, we assume that you probably already have faced this problem and you cannot remove the pop-up windows which Maps Now displays on your screen or override the various changes that may have been introduced to your main browser. Do not worry, though, because this type of software is not the same as a malicious Ransomware or a Trojan Horse virus and with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below, you will surely be able to uninstall it from your system. However, keep in mind that the manual steps should be followed as described, otherwise you risk deleting the wrong files and that could seriously affect the stability of your computer. For this reason, we have also included a professional removal tool inside the guide manual which you can use in case of doubt.

What is a browser hijacker and what does Maps Now do in your PC?

Most browser hijackers are mainly made for the purpose of advertising and making money on the back of the users’ patience and gullibility. The developers of this type of software typically make profit based on the number of mouse clicks which the users give to the paid advertisements. It is, therefore, in their interest to ensure that the displayed ads, pay-per-click banners and pop-up windows are as many and as annoying and invasive as possible. In order to ensure maximum number of clicks from the users, the developers of Maps Now may also implement some rather obscure methods of ad promotion such as automatic page-redirects and changes in the browser’s settings, which are bound to cause even more irritation. If you have gone to other sites in search of a solution to the problem with Maps Now, you have probably found statements that put this application next to viruses and malware as nasty as Ransomware and Trojans. But in reality, the representatives of the browser hijacker software are not a serious threat to the computer. Nevertheless, they can really be very annoying and uninstalling them is still the best option you have in a  situation like this.

SUMMARY:

Name Maps Now
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Different ads, pop-ups, banners and automatic page-redirects may take over your screen.
Distribution Method Software bundling is a common method of distribution for such programs.
Detection Tool

Remove Maps Now “Virus”

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Step2

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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Maps Now from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Maps Now from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Maps Now from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    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!


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