QuickMapsAndDirections is considered to be a potentially unwanted program since the application can change a user’s homepage upon installation. Currently, it works on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer browsers. According to the tool’s description on the Chrome Web Store page, it provides access to popular maps right from the user’s new tab page. In other words, the potentially unwanted program does not offer map services of its own but redirects users to sites providing popular services like Google Maps. If you were expecting something more advanced when installing QuickMapsAndDirections or received it by accident, you could get rid of it with the instructions available below. Also, to learn more about it, you could read the rest of our report.
It is true QuickMapsAndDirections can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store page (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/quick-maps-and-directions/hnhgcfpllcjgnlfpgobfibmkhcpmodij) for now, but we do not think it is the only way to receive it. Our specialists say they have encountered pop-up advertisements offering the extension. Moreover, it is possible it might travel with bundled software installers too. In such a case, some users could add it without realizing it, as bundled tools are easy to miss if one rushes the installation process. Therefore, to avoid potentially unwanted programs in the future, we recommend not only researching the chosen application more carefully, but also paying more attention to the installation process.
If the user agrees to add QuickMapsAndDirections, it could change his homepage and new tab page preferences. Plus, the application could add a toolbar below the browser’s address bar. Instead of the user’s previous homepage or new tab page website, the potentially unwanted program may place a search engine that might show modified results, for example, results injected with third-party advertising content. We cannot be on hundred percent sure there will be any ads, but if you see such material, keep in mind it could come from anywhere, and it might be best to be extra careful with it. What’s more, users should know that the links the tool’s search engine and toolbar may provide should lead to Google Maps, Bing Maps, or Yahoo maps. Having links to these services might seem handy, but you can add them to your browser’s bookmark’s bar too, which means you can easily keep the links, but remove QuickMapsAndDirections if you do not want to leave it on your browser.
Users who do not want to keep a potentially unwanted program like QuickMapsAndDirections can get rid of it in two ways. The first one would be to uninstall the extension manually through the affected browser or Control Panel. The instructions located below will show how to complete these tasks step by step. The other way is to employ an antimalware tool of your choice, scan the whole system with it to see if there are no other questionable content on it, and then click the given deletion button to erase all detections at the same time. If you pick this option, we recommend selecting a reliable security tool that could not only help you clean the system now, but also guard it against threats you might yet encounter.