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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


Did you download EarthAndSatelliteMaps onto your Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser or install it onto your Windows operating system to work on Internet Explorer? If you did, you might have put yourself at risk already. According to our malware experts, although the extension presents legitimate links to google.com/maps/, bing.com/maps/, geico.com/save/local-gas-prices/, maps.yahoo.com, and zoom.earth via its own search tool, search.hearthandsatellitemaps.com, there is more to this program. For one, it can track your activity and share the recorded information with third parties. Second, it can redirect your searches and showcase potentially unreliable modified results. These are the main reasons we recommend removing EarthAndSatelliteMaps, but if you want to learn more about this potentially unwanted program (PUP) before you decide what you want to do about it, continue reading. We hope that we will answer all of your questions about the suspicious program, but if we fail, note that you can always add your questions to the comments section for our research team to address.

You might have downloaded EarthAndSatelliteMaps from earthandsatellitemaps.com or the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/earth-and-satelite-maps/cfacibcmkcdppnkgennkfaepplpkblmp). If these are the sources you decided to trust, you might have been introduced to the installer of Search Encrypt (Searchencrypt.com) as well. If that happens, you want to refuse the installer without much pondering. In general, you should NEVER download programs you are not familiar with. According to our research team, this particular search tool should always be offered to those trying to download apps by Eightpoint Technologies Ltd SEZC and Polarity Technologies Ltd. These are the creators of EarthAndSatelliteMaps as well. Of course, if you use a bundled installer represented by an unrelated third-party, all kinds of unwanted programs and malicious threats could be downloaded along with the PUP. Install a malware scanner now to check if there are more serious threats that you need to delete from your operating system. Hopefully, there are no other threats, and you can focus solely on the removal of the potentially unwanted program.

Although EarthAndSatelliteMaps is an extension, it functions via search.hearthandsatellitemaps.com, and, according to our research team, this search tool should be placed as the homepage and the new tab page of the browser after installation. The interface of the search tool displays a bar at the top, which looks like a toolbar. It lists links to map-related websites we mentioned already. In the center of the page, you can find a search field and a few easy-access links to other popular websites, such as amazon.com, facebook.com, or couponsventure.com. We are not worried about the third-party links because they appear to redirect to legitimate websites. That being said, the search tool cannot be trusted. All keywords redirect to Yahoo Search, and the results shown are modified to include sponsored content. To introduce you to content that you are more likely to interact with, EarthAndSatelliteMaps even tracks information and then relays it to appropriate parties. As disclosed in the Privacy Policy, the program’s creators can gather data and share it with vendors, business partners, advertisers, and advertising networks. However, no further information is available, and so it is risky to just assume that all parties working with Polarity Technologies Ltd. can be trusted.

It should come as no surprise that we advise deleting EarthAndSatelliteMaps. Sure, this program displays links to legitimate websites, but that is pretty much all that it can do to assist you, and this kind of service is not really that helpful. At the end of the day, you can easily add the same easy-access links to your browsers by bookmarking the sites. So, how should you remove EarthAndSatelliteMaps? We advise implementing anti-malware software because if other threats exist, this software will eliminate it along with the PUP. Also, it will keep your operating system and browsers protected against PUPs and malware in the future. If you decide that you want to delete the unwanted program/extension manually – and you should do that only after you scan your system and assess other threats – follow the guides below. Note that you have to delete an extension from Chrome and Firefox, but you need to uninstall an application if you use Internet Explorer.

EarthAndSatelliteMaps Removal

Google Chrome

  1. Open the browser and then tap keys Alt+F to open a menu.
  2. Click More tools to expand a menu within and then click Extensions.
  3. Click the Remove button.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the browser and then tap keys Alt+T to open a menu.
  2. Click Add-ons to access the Extensions menu.
  3. Click the Remove button.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open the Control Panel menu via the Windows Start menu.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program/Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Uninstall/Remove the program.
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