Search.gomaps.co is a search engine that looks completely harmless. Just like any other trusted search engine, this one provides legal information to support itself, and the links to Terms, Privacy, and Contact pages are represented at the bottom of the home page. At the moment, the logo above the search dialog box represents icons of athletes, which fits into the theme of the current Olympic Games. On top of that, easy-access links to legitimate sites are represented at the top. Overall, this search engine looks completely normal, and so we are not surprised that users trust it. The issue is that this search tool is not truly trustworthy, and you might suspect that the moment you find it redirecting you to a third-party search engine. Although you might be familiar with this engine, you should focus on the illegal redirection. According to our researchers, this is a valid reason to delete Search.gomaps.co right away.
It is unlikely that you have downloaded Search.gomaps.co on its own. This search tool is associated with an extension called “Go Maps” that is officially represented via gomaps.co. This extension comes from the SaferBrowser family, and other extensions linked to it are set up to represent Search.searchlttrn.com, Search.yourmapscenter.com, Search.yourclassifiedscenter.com, and other infamous browser hijackers. We classify them as hijackers because, in many cases, users do not realize that homepage, default search provider, and new tab tools on their browsers would be modified when downloading extensions. Did you know that Search.gomaps.co would take over your browser when downloading Go Maps? It is most likely that your did not, and this is another reason to remove this software. After all, you should never trust software that uses camouflages or tricks to enter your operating system. In some cases, Search.gomaps.co could even come bundled with malware! According to our research, this extension/hijacker could be spread using malicious pop-up ads introduced to you by malware. Needless to say, if malware gets in, you should focus on removing it first.
Although Search.gomaps.co has the look of a search engine, we have found that it is not a search tool per se. This hijacker redirects the search queries that you enter into the search box to search.yahoo.com, which, of course, is a popular and widely used search engine. As you might notice, the interface of the search engine you are introduced to via the hijacker is slightly different from the original one, but the base is the same. The thing that you need to be most cautious about is the search results. Although they might match, sponsored links could be added as well, and you want to stay away from those at all times. If you interact with unreliable links, intrusive tracking cookies could be installed to spy on you. Search.gomaps.co itself uses tracking cookies to record your virtual behavior, and the data collected by these cookies could help unreliable parties develop more attractive scams. Obviously, this is what will happen in the worst case scenario, but if you do not want to face it, you should delete suspicious software ASAP.
Although it is unlikely that you will need to remove Search.gomaps.co from several browsers, our comprehensive removal guide will help you eliminate this hijacker from all of them. As you might have noticed already, Chrome and Firefox users will need to eliminate a browser hijacker, while Internet Explorer users will need to uninstall an application. This is because Go Maps is represented on these browsers in different ways. Overall, once you uninstall the app and delete the extension, Search.gomaps.co will be erased, and that is it. We cannot promise that the remaining threats will be just as easy to get rid of. In fact, we cannot claim that additional malware exists on your PC at all. We advise using a reliable malware scanner to inspect your PC and see if malware exists. If you discover dangerous threats, we advise eliminating them with the help of automated malware detection and removal software.
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