What is Search.hgomaps.co?
Also Known As: Search.hgomaps.co virus
Search.hgomaps.co is a browser hijacker that you may suddenly find in your browser. It must have entered your computer together with free software because you did not notice it being attached. If it goes unnoticed during freeware installation, it is allowed to install alongside. Hijackers are typically low-level threats and are not malicious. However, Search.hgomaps.co will change your browser’s settings and set itself as your homepage. This is done so that the hijackers can generate traffic for sponsored pages and in that way make income. Hijackers also have the tendency to monitor browsing sessions and collect certain kind of data about users. Overall, hijackers do not benefit users in any way, they only disrupt browsing sessions, which is why you need to uninstall Search.hgomaps.co.
All browser hijackers use the bundling method to spread and that means that they are attached to free software. These attached items are set to install automatically unless you manually deselect them. In order to do this, you need to use Advanced or Custom settings during free program installation. In those settings, you will see what has been attached and if there is something, you will be able to deselect it/them. You should not hurry through the process in Default settings because you will end up with all kinds of unwanted items. Having to remove Search.hgomaps.co or similar may be difficult and time-consuming so it is best if you stop them from installing in the first place.
Search.hgomaps.co will become your homepage and new tabs on all of your browsers. Changes will be made without your permission and you will be unable to undo them unless you first uninstall Search.hgomaps.co from the computer. Until then, every time you open your browser, be it Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, you will be led to Search.hgomaps.co. A search engine (hgomaps.co) will be displayed and if you were to use it, you would be redirected to Yahoo. This search engine is useless because if you wanted Yahoo, you can just go directly to that page. There is not need to have some questionable hijacker on your computer. If you were to use it, it may start tracking your browsing sessions and recording information about you. It’s not personal data but rather what sites you visit, your browsing habits, etc. That information would then be sold to third-parties who would use it for their own purposes. We suggest you remove Search.hgomaps.co.
STEP 1. Search.hgomaps.co removal guide
In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:
Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware removal tool from the link below:
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Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:
The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:
Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:
Scan computer for Search.hgomaps.co related files
Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:
When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:
(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.
STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser
GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:
Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings“
Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:
Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):
STEP 3. Protect your computer from Search.hgomaps.co reinfection
Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:
Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.
Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.
Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.
Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.
Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.
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