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Remove Quick Maps And Directions (Virus Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Quick Maps And Directions is the potentially unwanted web browser extension that redirects to search.yahoo.com every time you open the new tab

Quick Maps And Directions

Quick Maps And Directions is a browser hijacker that is usually installed via browser extension Quick Maps And Directions New Tab Search for Google Chrome. Developed by the notorious Polarity Technologies Ltd, this browser tool claims that it can help users to access world maps with detailed satellite images, driving directions, and provide improved search results. Once settled, Quick Maps And Directions changes homepage, new tab and the search engine to hxxp://search.quickmapsanddirections.com, and redirects all the search results to hxxp://search.yahoo.com – a trusted search provider. However, users will quickly notice that the search results are not entirely genuine but instead plagued with sponsored links.

Name Quick Maps And Directions
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program[1]
Developers Polarity Technologies Ltd
Distribution Deceptive advertisements, software bundling
Main danger Exposes to suspicious content, tracks and collects information about the user
System affected Windows OS
Elimination Clean the system from any PUPs using ReimageIntego

Yet another product from Polarity Technologies Ltd, Cyprus company that delivers tons of similar tools and programs like Quick Maps And Directions. Watch TV Now, Search Encrypt, Search.htv-now.co, Easy Sports Access all are developed and distributed by the same company so you may encounter promotional content that offers to download or use these hijackers.

Quick Maps And Directions virus changes the default search engine and redirects to other deceptive websites. Also, it installs the browser extension that launches Quick Maps And Directions New Tab Search whenever you open the new browser tab on your Google Chrome. It mostly affects this browser, but you may notice malicious activity on Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer too.

In most cases, Quick Maps And Directions comes to the system from third-party advertisements[2] that promote the tool or even included as the additional program to the freeware installation. 

Other Quick Maps And Directions symptoms may also include:

  • changed appearance or setting of your web browser;
  • installation of extensions, add-ons or toolbars;
  • automatic startup of the browser and the Quick Maps And Directions extension.

Quick Maps And Directions hijacker is also known to track and collect information about the users. This feature is common for various potentially unwanted programs because advertisers who sponsor the distribution of the program focus on generating views from advertisement content based on users' preferences and habits.[3]

All the data tracking practices are documented in the Privacy Policy section of the official website. If you noticed that your homepage changed, you should go immediately read EULA and Privacy Policy of such a site, especially if you plan on keep using it. In any case, researchers recommend performing Quick Maps And Directions removal, as it does not benefit you in any way.

To remove Quick Maps And Directions, you can either rely on automated tools like anti-virus applications or get rid of the Quick Maps And Directions hijack manually. Both methods are effective, as long as performed correctly. Use instructions down below for a detailed description of each step.

Once you are done with PUPs elimination, you should scan your device with ReimageIntego to recover from damage caused by the browser hijacker.

Quick Maps And Directions virusQuick Maps And Directions is the potentially unwanted program that gets delivered via third-party download managers during freeware installations.

Deceptive advertisements trick users into installing PUPs

Browser hijackers, adware or malicious extensions are advertised and promoted on deceptive websites that may trick victims into them. When the promotional content claims that the program possesses useful features, users may believe it is true and install the extensions purposely.

However, researchers[4] also warn about the deceptive PUP distribution method – software bundling. When you allow the download from the suspicious site such as P2P service, you risk installing cyber infections on your device. 

Choosing Advanced or Custom options during those processes should help you avoid infiltration of PUPs because you can de-select the optional components that are suggested seemingly for free.

The easiest way to remove Quick Maps And Directions is by using security application

When performing Quick Maps And Directions removal, make sure to employ a reputable anti-malware program. This is the best solution to terminate the potentially unwanted programs due to the process being completely automated and really fast.

It is possible to remove Quick Maps And Directions manually, but it takes more time. You still may need to check the system with antivirus program to make sure that no elements of the hijacker or other malicious software are present on the device. Follow our guide below for more information.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Quick Maps And Directions, follow these steps:

Get rid of Quick Maps And Directions from Windows systems

Quick Maps And Directions virus mostly affects Windows OS supporting devices. Follow the guide to clear the system:

  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 Quick Maps And Directions and related programs
    Here, look for Quick Maps And Directions 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'
  5. Remove Quick Maps And Directions from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Delete Quick Maps And Directions 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 Quick Maps And Directions 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 Quick Maps And Directions removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Quick Maps And Directions 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 Quick Maps And Directions-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

Uninstall Quick Maps And Directions from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Your browser may get additional Quick Maps And Directions content, so check it to make sure:

  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 Quick Maps And Directions 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Quick Maps And Directions removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Quick Maps And Directions from Google Chrome

Chrome settings gets changed by Quick Maps And Directions, so set the browser to default and reverse all the alterations:

  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 Quick Maps And Directions 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Quick Maps And Directions removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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