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What is Easy Maps Access?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Easy Maps Access is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice.
Easy Maps Access is a member of the Spigot family as described in the blogpost Spigot browser hijackers.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Easy Maps Access?

You may see these browser extensions/add-ons:

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You may see this entry in your list of installed software:

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these changed settings in the affected browser(s):

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these warnings during install:

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and this new startpage in the affected browser(s):

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How did Easy Maps Access get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their site.

How do I remove Easy Maps Access?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Easy Maps Access?
  • If you are using Chrome, you may have to remove the Extension manually under Tools > Settings > Extensions. Remove the checkmark and click on the bin behind the Easy Maps Access entry.
  • If your browsers have been hijacked, you should read our Restore Browser page. You can read there how to fix additional browser redirect methods.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Easy Maps Access hijacker. It would have warned you before the hijacker could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

 

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and it blocks traffic to most of their domains:
 

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in a FRST log:

 
 HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = hxxp://search.easymapsaccess.com/?source=tt&uid={uid1}&uc=20170302&ap=&i_id=maps__1.30
 SearchScopes: HKCU -> DefaultScope {E3155B66-F240-4213-99AD-886DAE937D4F} URL = hxxp://search.easymapsaccess.com/s?source=tt&uid={uid1}&uc=20170302&ap=&i_id=maps__1.30&query={searchTerms}
 SearchScopes: HKCU -> {E3155B66-F240-4213-99AD-886DAE937D4F} URL = hxxp://search.easymapsaccess.com/s?source=tt&uid={uid1}&uc=20170302&ap=&i_id=maps__1.30&query={searchTerms}
 FF Homepage: hxxp://search.easymapsaccess.com?uid=94ca00b2-21f4-4eee-b049-94507bbafd6e&uc=20170302&ap=&source=tt&page=homepage&implementation_id=maps_4.0.0
 FF Extension: Maps - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\Extensions\@Maps.xpi [2017-03-02]
 CHR Extension: (Easy Maps Access) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe [2017-03-02]
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}

Easy Maps Access (HKCU\...\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}) (Version: 2.5.0.2 - Cloud Installer)
The most significant changes made by the installers:
 
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0
       Adds the file background.js"="1/19/2017 10:03 AM, 15343 bytes, A
       Adds the file contentscript.js"="1/19/2017 10:03 AM, 1238 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon.png"="3/2/2017 11:06 AM, 7862 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="3/2/2017 11:06 AM, 1400 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\_locales
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\_metadata
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\css
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\html\popup
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\js
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\newtab
       Adds the file newtab.html"="1/19/2017 10:03 AM, 190 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe
       Adds the file 000003.log"="3/2/2017 11:06 AM, 240 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="3/2/2017 11:06 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="3/2/2017 11:06 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="3/2/2017 11:06 AM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="3/2/2017 11:06 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="3/2/2017 11:02 AM, 256000 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\extensions
       Adds the file @Maps.xpi"="3/2/2017 11:04 AM, 19297 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\jetpack\@Maps\simple-storage
       Adds the file store.json"="3/2/2017 11:05 AM, 311 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\AuthRoot\Certificates\D69B561148F01C77C54578C10926DF5B856976AD]
       "Blob"="REG_BINARY, ....................................................GlobalSign.b... .................S...#..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
       "Start Page" = REG_SZ, "http://search.easymapsaccess.com/?source=tt&uid={uid1}&uc=20170302&ap=&i_id=maps__1.30"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
       "DefaultScope" = REG_SZ, "{E3155B66-F240-4213-99AD-886DAE937D4F}"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{E3155B66-F240-4213-99AD-886DAE937D4F}]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Search"
       "SuggestionsURL"="REG_SZ", "https://ie.search.yahoo.com/os?appid=ie8&command={searchTerms}"
       "URL"="REG_SZ", "http://search.easymapsaccess.com/s?source=tt&uid={uid1}&uc=20170302&ap=&i_id=maps__1.30&query={searchTerms}"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Easy Maps Access"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2.5.0.2"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Cloud Installer"
       "UninstallHomepage"="REG_SZ", "http://search.easymapsaccess.com/?source=tt&uid={uid1}&uc=20170302&ap=&i_id=maps__1.30"
       "UninstallImpression"="REG_SZ", "http://imp.easymapsaccess.com/impression.do?source=tt&sub_id=20170302&useragent=Mozilla%2F5.0+(Windows+NT+6.1%3B+WOW64%3B+Trident%2F7.0%3B+rv%3A11.0)+like+Gecko&traffic_source=&user_id={uid1}&implementation_id=maps__1.30&event={exEvent}"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\Uninstall.exe" /uninstall"
An excerpt from the Malwarebytes scan log:
(full log available on request)
 
Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 3/2/17
Scan Time: 11:16 AM
Logfile: mbamEasyMapsAccess.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.0.5.1299
Components Version: 1.0.43
Update Package Version: 1.0.1400
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 362676
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 33 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 2
PUP.Optional.Spigot, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}, Delete-on-Reboot, [812], [373878],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\SEARCHSCOPES\{E3155B66-F240-4213-99AD-886DAE937D4F}, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [368913],1.0.1400

Registry Value: 2
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\MAIN|START PAGE, Replace-on-Reboot, [2368], [373048],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\SEARCHSCOPES\{E3155B66-F240-4213-99AD-886DAE937D4F}|URL, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [368913],1.0.1400

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 14
PUP.Optional.Spigot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}, Delete-on-Reboot, [812], [373878],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Maps, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\jetpack\@Maps\simple-storage, Delete-on-Reboot, [2400], [348731],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Maps, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\NCH5MQSA.DEFAULT\JETPACK\@MAPS, Delete-on-Reboot, [2400], [348731],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\_locales\en, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\html\popup, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\_metadata, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\js\popup, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\_locales, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\newtab, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\css, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\DGIJPFBDMKIFNJBJKAGAKPIDOMEOCDPE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400

File: 18
PUP.Optional.Spigot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\Uninstall.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [812], [373878],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\NCH5MQSA.DEFAULT\PREFS.JS, Replaced, [2368], [361537],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Maps, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\jetpack\@Maps\simple-storage\store.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2400], [348731],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Maps, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\NCH5MQSA.DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\@MAPS.XPI, Delete-on-Reboot, [2400], [348742],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\DGIJPFBDMKIFNJBJKAGAKPIDOMEOCDPE\2.0_0\BACKGROUND.JS, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\css\description.css, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\css\popup.css, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\html\popup\description.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\html\popup\popup.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\js\popup\popup.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\js\userNewTab.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\newtab\newtab.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\_locales\en\messages.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\contentscript.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\icon.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dgijpfbdmkifnjbjkagakpidomeocdpe\2.0_0\manifest.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2368], [362981],1.0.1400

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
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