The Online Map Search is a new browser hijacker infection from the big family of browser hijackers. It is a type of malware that may make certain undesired changes to your PC’s web browser settings such as newtab, homepage and search provider by default. Once started, this browser hijacker infection will change certain settings of web-browsers to Online Map Search start page. Please ignore this web page and refrain from clicking to any links on it and going to any web sites mentioned on it. We suggest you to free your personal computer of browser hijacker and thereby return your start page as soon as possible . Follow the steps below. The detailed removal tutorial will allow you delete the Online Map Search and protect your computer from more dangerous malware and trojans.
Table of contents
- What is Online Map Search
- Remove Online Map Search
- Remove Online Map Search homepage without any tools
- Scan your personal computer and get rid of Online Map Search with free utilities
- How to stop Online Map Search redirect
- How did Online Map Search hijacker get on your computer
- To sum up
The Online Map Search hijacker infection takes over your browser’s default search provider and controls what will be displayed to you whenever you do a searching. Other than the search results, it also provides a large amount of annoying ads on the search page. Some of these ads created to mislead you into buying certain questionable products and software. Moreover, sometimes, those advertisements could redirect you to misleading or harmful web-pages.
Also, adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software) can be installed on the computer together with Online Map Search hijacker. It will insert lots of ads directly to the sites which you view, creating a sense that advertisements has been added by the makers of the web-page. Moreover, legal ads can be replaced on fake advertisements that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and malicious software. Moreover, the Online Map Search browser hijacker has the ability to collect user data which can be later sold to third parties.
A malware which imposes changes to certain settings of web-browsers on Online Map Search mostly affects only Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The Online Map Search hijacker may alter the Target property of web-browser’s shortcuts, so every time you start the browser, instead of your start page, you will see a completely different site.
So, it’s very important to free your computer of browser hijacker infection ASAP. The steps, which is shown below, will allow you to remove Online Map Search homepage from the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge and other internet browsers.
Remove Online Map Search
Even if you have the up-to-date classic antivirus installed, and you’ve checked your computer for malware and removed anything found, you need to do the instructions below. The Online Map Search hijacker infection removal is not simple as installing another antivirus. Classic antivirus software are not designed to run together and will conflict with each other, or possibly crash MS Windows. Instead we recommend complete the manual steps below after that run Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner, which are free software dedicated to find and remove malware like Online Map Search browser hijacker infection. Use these utilities to ensure the hijacker infection is removed.
Remove Online Map Search homepage without any tools
Most common hijackers may be uninstalled without any antivirus software. The manual browser hijacker removal is instructions that will teach you how to remove the Online Map Search search.
Delete suspicious and potentially unwanted programs using MS Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you begin the system cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed applications and uninstall all unknown or suspicious programs. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the harmful software such as adware and browser hijackers may be bundled with freeware. Remove the unwanted software can get rid of the undesired ads or web browser redirect.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the figure below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown on the screen below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as shown on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and get rid of all software that has the name similar to the web-site which has been set as your Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge newtab page, homepage and search provider by default. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. When you have found anything suspicious that may be the hijacker, ad-supported software or PUPs, then select this program and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your machine.
Delete Online Map Search redirect from Mozilla Firefox
If the FF settings like start page, newtab and default search engine have been replaced by the hijacker infection, then resetting it to the default state can help.
Start the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the Online Map Search hijacker infection. Once, it’s finished, press the “Finish” button.
Delete Online Map Search from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to recover all web browser startpage, new tab and default search provider you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your machine.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown on the image below.
After the procedure is done, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s new tab page, start page and search engine by default to default state.
Delete Online Map Search home page from Google Chrome
In order to be sure that there is nothing left behind, we recommend you to reset Google Chrome web browser. It’ll return Chrome settings including newtab, startpage and search provider by default to defaults.
- First, start the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings prompt as on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Scan your personal computer and get rid of Online Map Search with free utilities
The easiest way to get rid of Online Map Search hijacker infection is to use an anti-malware program capable of detecting browser hijackers including Online Map Search. We suggest try Zemana Anti-malware or another free malicious software remover that listed below. It has excellent detection rate when it comes to adware, hijackers and other potentially unwanted applications.
Automatically get rid of Online Map Search search with Zemana Anti-malware
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to scan for and remove Online Map Search redirect from your machine. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the system.
Now you can setup and run Zemana Anti Malware to remove Online Map Search redirect from your web-browser by following the steps below:
Click the link below to download Zemana Anti-Malware setup file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your PC system.
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Start the installer after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this utility on your PC.
During installation you can change some settings, but we recommend you do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation is done, this malicious software removal tool will automatically start and update itself. You will see its main window as on the image below.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the Online Map Search hijacker and other kinds of potential threats such as malicious software and ‘ad supported’ software. This process can take some time, so please be patient. While the utility is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
When it completes the scan, it will display a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found. Review the report and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will remove hijacker infection that causes web-browsers to open intrusive Online Map Search web site and move items to the program’s quarantine. When the cleaning process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC system to make the change take effect.
Automatically remove Online Map Search with Malwarebytes
Manual Online Map Search redirect removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker infection may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your PC system of browser hijacker. Moreover, the free application will help you to remove malware, potentially unwanted software, ‘ad supported’ software and toolbars that your personal computer can be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your personal computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your desktop.
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Once the downloading process is finished, close all windows on your computer. Further, run the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up like below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will assist you install Malwarebytes on the personal computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is complete successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main window as on the image below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button It’ll scan through the whole computer for the Online Map Search hijacker and other security threats. This procedure may take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
After that process is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will get rid of hijacker which changes web-browser settings to replace your home page, new tab and search provider by default with Online Map Search web page and move items to the program’s quarantine. When the cleaning process is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your personal computer. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to delete browser hijackers, ad supported software and other malicious software.
Scan and free your system of hijacker with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and use to remove hijackers, adware, malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your machine. You may run this utility to detect threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Download AdwCleaner tool by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the downloading process is done, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as shown below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to show the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker which designed to reroute your internet browser to the Online Map Search web-page. While the tool is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
After it has completed scanning your PC system is done, a list of all items found is produced as shown in the figure below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will remove browser hijacker which created to reroute your web browser to the Online Map Search web-page and move threats to the program’s quarantine. When the process is done, the utility may ask you to restart your machine. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stop Online Map Search redirect
It is also critical to protect your browsers from malicious sites and advertisements by using an adblocker application such as AdGuard. Security experts says that it’ll greatly reduce the risk of malicious software, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard can also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
Installing the AdGuard ad-blocker program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard from the following link.
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Once the download is done, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions as shown on the screen below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your PC system, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop ups, pages such Online Map Search, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
How did Online Map Search hijacker get on your computer
To sum up
Once you’ve finished the step-by-step guidance above, your PC should be clean from malware and browser hijackers. The Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Edge will no longer display Online Map Search intrusive homepage on startup. Unfortunately, if the instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop.
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next click “Do a system scan only” button.
- When finished, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the undesired Online Map Search homepage.