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Remove Maps & Directions Online Promos (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Maps & Directions Online Promos is an adware app that will disturb your web browsing sessions with intrusive ads

Maps & Directions Online PromosMaps & Directions Online Promos is adware application that displays ads whether you like them or not

Maps & Directions Online Promos is a browser extension that promises to deliver users the most needed information about their location and instructions on how to get to places. However, the app is heavily dependent on advertisements that are delivered to users on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or another web browser continually. Thus, the extension is classified as adware[1] – a type of a potentially unwanted program, the main goal of which is to deliver users ads. Additionally, Maps & Directions Online Promos uses cookies and other tracking technologies to produce pop-ups, in-text links, deals, banners, offers, and other ads that are targeted.

Name Maps & Directions Online Promos
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program
Distribution While the app can be obtained from official sources like Google web store, most users can encounter it after installing free apps from third-party sites (the so-called software bundling method) 
Symptoms  Persistent ads on all visited websites, redirects to unknown sources, altered search results, slowdown of the web browser, etc. 
Dangers  Information disclosure to unknown parties, installation of potentially unwanted programs, malware infections, monetary loss, and others 
Elimination  You can get rid of the PUP by following the guidelines provided below 
Further actions If you noticed that the quality of your computer operation diminished after you removed the infection from for it or you are constantly facing lag, crashes, and similar issues, you should fix the system with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 

While Maps & Directions Online Promos can be downloaded from Google Web Store, most users install the app unintentionally, as it is often bundled with freeware[2] that is hosted on third-party sites. As a result, users rarely notice the point of entry, although signs of infiltration can be seen immediately, as most of the visited sites are filled with ads, and redirects lead to unknown websites that may, in some cases, be dangerous. Thus, the app should not be kept installed on your machine – follow the instructions below to remove Maps & Directions Online Promos correctly.

Adware, such as Maps & Directions Online Promos, is not considered to be malicious – at least initially, since its primary goal is to display advertisements to as many users as possible and monetizing on this activity. However, such app developers not always pick secure ad networks and sometimes even fail to provide decent functionality of the program that they are advertising. Finally, they distribute adware mostly through software bundles, which results in many unsolicited installations.

As a result, Maps & Directions Online Promos virus is a term that many may use, even though it is not technically correct. Nevertheless, users who keep the add-on installed are potentially at risk, as ads that are delivered through the app might not always be secure. In fact, Maps & Directions Online Promos developers claim that the app is there to provide you ads:

Receive relevant advertisements as you browse the internet. By monitoring your web browsing activity, we can make sure offers and promotions are tailored to you. We use advertisements as a way to support our site so that you can continue taking advantage of Maps & Directions Online for free!

As you can see, they clearly state that targeted advertisements are the main goal of this app – hardly anyone would like this fucking (as a general rule, users despise ads that cover their screens during the web browsing sessions).

Maps & Directions Online Promos adwareMaps & Directions Online Promos is a suspicious application that gathers information about you

Additionally, Maps & Directions Online Promos adware collects a variety of information about users with the help of such technologies like cookies, web beacons,[3] and scripts. The collected data includes:

  • Browser information (version, cookies, settings, etc.)
  • Device data (model, IP address, unique ID, etc.)
  • Approximate location (city, state, country, or zip code)
  • Browsing data (links clicked, ads interacted with, sites visited)

If the fact that Maps & Directions Online Promos automatically collects information that could identify you personally does not bother you, you should know that personal information that is provided by you is also collected and shared with third-parties and other entities.

All in all, if you would like to have an app that helps you to get around without spamming your web browsers and collecting an excessive amount of data, you should pick something else, and hurry up with Maps & Directions Online Promos removal. In case you have problems while doing so, you can try resetting your web browsers and scanning the device with anti-malware software. Finally, if you are experiencing issues with your system (lag, crashes, errors), you can employ repair tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix these issues for you.

Avoid potentially unwanted programs and use reputable ones instead

There are thousands of apps that claim to provide users with the most necessary maps, directions, etc. For example, MapsFrontier, MapsGalaxyQuick Maps And Directions, and many others. In fact, many of the developers simply rebrand the same app in order to avoid being detected by anti-malware programs or trying to provide users with double the number of ads. The truth is, these applications do not have anything that Google Maps would not have, so there is no point in them – unless you like seeing ads on every step while browsing the web.

Thus, you should not install browser extensions or applications that have a poor reputation among users. To find out whether the app is reputable, you can simply read some reviews around the web or check out reviews before installing. However, these tips will be in vain if you get tricked into installing a potentially unwanted program (PUP), as most of them are distributed with the help of a so-called software bundling.

Maps & Directions Online Promos bundlesMaps & Directions Online Promos can be found on official sources, although most users install it unintentionally, during the installation of freeware

App developers of third-party sites that host freeware often insert optional components into a single installer and, while offering additional apps is not a crime, doing so by deliberately trying to hide them is a deceptive and shady practice. Thus, when installing new programs from third-parties, watch out for pre-ticked boxes, fine print, misleading offers, misplaced buttons, and always opt for Advanced/Custom installation settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones.

Get rid of Maps & Directions Online Promos with ease

Generally, it should not be difficult to remove Maps & Directions Online Promos from your machine. Simply right-click on the extension and select uninstall. If you think that there is an application installed on your computer instead of the browser – follow the instructions below if you are unsure how to terminate programs. Nevertheless, you might have other PUPs that sneaked into your computer without you noticing, so Maps & Directions Online Promos ads might not stop after you get rid of the extension.

If you are unsure what is causing the unwanted activity after performing Maps & Directions Online Promos removal, you should also reset all the installed browsers. In some cases, adware's set settings will continue to deliver you intrusive content even after its elimination. Finally, you should also perform a full system scan with anti-malware software to ensure that no malware is present on your device.

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To remove Maps & Directions Online Promos, follow these steps:

Eliminate Maps & Directions Online Promos from Windows systems

To remove Maps & Directions Online Promos virus from your Windows machine, follow this guide:

To remove Maps & Directions Online Promos from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Maps & Directions Online Promos (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove Maps & Directions Online Promos from Mac OS X system

If you encounter ads and redirects on macOS, proceed with the following guidelines to get rid of the PUP:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Maps & Directions Online Promos from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Maps & Directions Online Promos-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Maps & Directions Online Promos, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Maps & Directions Online Promos and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Maps & Directions Online Promos-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Maps & Directions Online Promos from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Maps & Directions Online Promos and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Maps & Directions Online Promos removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Maps & Directions Online Promos from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Maps & Directions Online Promos-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of Maps & Directions Online Promos from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Maps & Directions Online Promos and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Maps & Directions Online Promos did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Maps & Directions Online Promos removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Maps & Directions Online Promos from Google Chrome

In case the unwanted ads show up after you eliminate unwanted apps, reset Google Chrome as follows:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Maps & Directions Online Promos by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Maps & Directions Online Promos-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Maps & Directions Online Promos removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Maps & Directions Online Promos from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Maps & Directions Online Promos and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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