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What is GetMaps?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that GetMaps 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.
GetMaps 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 GetMaps?

You may see this browser extension/add-on:


and these changed search settings:


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


these warnings during install:



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


How did GetMaps get on my computer?

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


How do I remove GetMaps?

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 GetMaps?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes GetMaps completely.
  • 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 GetMaps hijacker. It would have warned you before the hijacker could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


and it blocks traffic to their domain:


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in a FRST log:
 HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = hxxp://
 SearchScopes: HKCU -> DefaultScope {AA05F8FA-558C-4DD4-BA6F-C60D3F7B4308} URL = hxxp://{searchTerms}
 SearchScopes: HKCU -> {AA05F8FA-558C-4DD4-BA6F-C60D3F7B4308} URL = hxxp://{searchTerms}
 FF Homepage: hxxp://
 FF Extension: Maps - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\x82gpani.default-1491393116824\Extensions\@Maps.xpi [2017-05-23]

Get Maps (HKCU\...\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}) (Version: - Cloud Installer)
The most significant changes made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\updated\browser\extensions
       Adds the file {972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}.xpi"="5/23/2017 10:33 AM, 1717 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="5/23/2017 10:30 AM, 264704 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\x82gpani.default-1491393116824\extensions
       Adds the file @Maps.xpi"="5/23/2017 10:33 AM, 19297 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\x82gpani.default-1491393116824\jetpack\@Maps\simple-storage
       Adds the file store.json"="5/23/2017 10:34 AM, 323 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
       "Start Page" = REG_SZ, ""
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
       "DefaultScope" = REG_SZ, "{AA05F8FA-558C-4DD4-BA6F-C60D3F7B4308}"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{AA05F8FA-558C-4DD4-BA6F-C60D3F7B4308}]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Search"
       "SuggestionsURL"="REG_SZ", "{searchTerms}"
       "URL"="REG_SZ", "{searchTerms}"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Get Maps"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", ""
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Cloud Installer"
       "UninstallDialog"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "UninstallEngineID"="REG_SZ", "{AA05F8FA-558C-4DD4-BA6F-C60D3F7B4308}"
       "UninstallHomepage"="REG_SZ", ""
       "UninstallImpression"="REG_SZ", "{exEvent}"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\Uninstall.exe" /uninstall"
Malwarebytes scan log:

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 5/23/17
Scan Time: 10:42 AM
Log File: mbamGetMaps.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.122
Update Package Version: 1.0.2001
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: 332097
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 19 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, [648], [373878],1.0.2001
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\SEARCHSCOPES\{AA05F8FA-558C-4DD4-BA6F-C60D3F7B4308}, Delete-on-Reboot, [2022], [368913],1.0.2001

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\SEARCHSCOPES\{AA05F8FA-558C-4DD4-BA6F-C60D3F7B4308}|URL, Delete-on-Reboot, [2022], [368913],1.0.2001

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3
PUP.Optional.Spigot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}, Delete-on-Reboot, [648], [373878],1.0.2001
PUP.Optional.Maps, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\x82gpani.default-1491393116824\jetpack\@Maps\simple-storage, Delete-on-Reboot, [2054], [348731],1.0.2001
PUP.Optional.Maps, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\X82GPANI.DEFAULT-1491393116824\JETPACK\@MAPS, Delete-on-Reboot, [2054], [348731],1.0.2001

File: 5
PUP.Optional.Spigot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\Uninstall.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [648], [373878],1.0.2001
PUP.Optional.Maps, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\x82gpani.default-1491393116824\jetpack\@Maps\simple-storage\store.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2054], [348731],1.0.2001
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\X82GPANI.DEFAULT-1491393116824\PREFS.JS, Replaced, [2022], [361537],1.0.2001
PUP.Optional.Spigot, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\GETMAPS.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [648], [372110],1.0.2001
PUP.Optional.Maps, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\X82GPANI.DEFAULT-1491393116824\EXTENSIONS\@MAPS.XPI, Delete-on-Reboot, [2054], [348742],1.0.2001

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention
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