Do you know what Maps Driving Directions is?
What were you thinking when you decided to install Maps Driving Directions? Did you do it because the extension promised you a beneficial service? Maybe you downloaded this application without even thinking about it because it was attached to a more attractive program. And maybe you did not notice it at all because it was represented in a misleading manner via a software bundle. Unless it was installed without your permission – which is highly unlikely – you must have let this add-on because you found it attractive. Well, if that is what you believe, you have been misled. The extension might be useful to some extent, but it is much better for you to remove than to actually use it. Keep reading to learn why you should delete Maps Driving Directions from your web browser.
It appears that Maps Driving Directions used to be represented via the Chrome web store, and it had an official download page. These sources no longer exist, which indicates that the extension was being reported as malicious or that malware researchers found that out. In any case, malicious installers could still be distributing this extension along with other threats that require removal. The extension is supposed to help you find driving directions faster, but what it actually does is it changes your default search provider, homepage, and new tab page to Search.searchmmap.com. This site looks like a search engine, and it displays easy access links to sites that represent Google Maps, Bing Maps, Gas Prices, Amazon, Walmart, Facebook, and Google Mail. These links are fine, and that is not a reason to delete the hijacker. Nonetheless, you cannot still think that the extension is useful just because it offers easy-access links.
Search.searchidd.com, Search.searchjmt.com, and hundreds of other hijackers are very similar to the suspicious Search.searchmmap.com. Were they created by the same company? Most likely, they were. They all show legitimate links to reassure users that they can be trusted. They also all use Yahoo Search to trick users into interacting with sponsored content. The funny thing is that Maps Driving Directions does not inform the user that they would be redirected to this engine, which means that it is working in an undesirable manner. That should be a red flag; unfortunately, not all users are quick to recognize malicious activity of this kind. If you interact with the results that are shown via the hijacker, you could land on regular sites, or you could find yourself on those that represent scams and malware. If you do not want to take the risk, we suggest removing Maps Driving Directions as soon as you can.
If you are looking for an extension to provide you with maps, you need to look for one that would not put your virtual security at risk. Maps Driving Directions does that, which is why we suggest removing it. Although it can give you links to sites where maps are available, it is not very useful, and the search tool it represents is flat out unreliable. The extension misleads users by redirecting to Yahoo Search – which is well-known and respected – but the results can be modified, which means that sponsored and even malicious ones could be shown. Without a doubt, deleting Maps Driving Directions is the right move, but how should you do it? If you want to, you can use the manual removal guide below, but it is strongly recommended that you use anti-malware software if other threats must be eliminated and if you want to protect your operating system and browsers in the future.
Remove Maps Driving Directions
- Open the Control Panel menu (Windows 10 users can find it using the search tool and all other users can access it via the Windows/Start menu).
- Click Uninstall a program to find all available uninstallers.
- Select the application that represents the extension and choose Uninstall.
- Open Internet Explorer and tap Alt+T keys to access the Tools menu.
- Click Internet options and then the Advanced tab.
- Click Reset, select Delete personal settings, click Reset, and, finally, OK.
- Open Mozilla Firefox and tap keys Ctrl+Shift+A to access the Add-ons Manager menu.
- In the Extensions menu Remove the undesirable extension.
- Tap Alt+H keys to access the Help menu.
- Select Troubleshooting information.
- Click Refresh Firefox and then confirm your action.
- Open Google Chrome and enter chrome://extensions/ into the address bar.
- Click the Remove button associated with the extension you wish to eliminate.
- Enter chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings?origin=userclick into the address bar.
- Click the RESET button to reset the browser.
In non-techie terms:
Whatever reason you had for downloading Maps Driving Directions, hopefully, you now understand that removing it is the best move. Even though it offers access to legitimate sites via the hijacker it employs, you cannot ignore the fact that it modifies your browser’s settings or that it redirects to Yahoo Search without any warning. This threat might seem harmless, but our research team strongly recommends getting rid of it. You can delete Maps Driving Directions using the instructions above, but if other threats exist, you must consider using anti-malware software. Since it can also enable full-time protection for your system and browsers, it truly is the best option you’ve got.