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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 Promos
Maps & 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).

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Maps & 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 bundles
Maps & 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:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Maps & Directions Online Promos and related programs
    Here, look for Maps & Directions Online Promos or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

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:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Maps & Directions Online Promos or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

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

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Maps & Directions Online Promos and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Maps & Directions Online Promos removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Maps & Directions Online Promos from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Maps & Directions Online Promos should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Maps & Directions Online Promos and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Maps & Directions Online Promos removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Maps & Directions Online Promos and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Maps & Directions Online Promos removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Maps & Directions Online Promos from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Maps & Directions Online Promos or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Maps & Directions Online Promos removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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