Gio.mappingdone.net is a malicious site which can display fake message to cheat the naive PC users. Usually Internet Explorer is the first target but Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome can be the target as well, this browser hijack redirect is able to infect browser by many means including unsafe program, executable process and E-mail attachment. Once PC users activate the virus process, Gio.mappingdone.net redirect virus will invade the machine in a quick time but victims have no idea about it. At the beginning of the infection, this site will be shown automatically and frequently on one browser, however, this redirect virus will infect all the browsers when the time goes by. The browser hijack redirect can cause chaos on the infected browser and whole computer which makes PC users annoyed, this Gio.mappingdone.net site needs to be removed completely to keep the infected computer safe.
In general, cyber criminals will display fake messages or advertisements via the Gio.mappingdone.net site, they use survey to collect information from the victims. Some PC users may finish the survey because they want to win an ipad or something else from this site, however, their personal details like favorite, E-mail address and other data can be stolen and published to the public. If PC users click on the links offered by this site, some unsafe programs may be installed to the infected PC without PC users permission and the infected machine will be in a high-risk situation of being attacked by other threats. This browser hijack redirect has been one of the most nasty redirect viruses on the Internet, PC users need to be careful while surfing on the Internet.
Once the infected computer is infected by the browser hijack redirect virus, it will cause terrible virus infection. The infected computer will run much slower than before, PC users will have to spend more time opening a webpage or watching a video. Sometimes the browser can crash frequently which makes PC users annoyed, the browser hijack virus is able to redirect the infected PC to visit other malicious website with different viruses and threats on it, and lots of the popping-up webpage will appear while surfing on the Internet. In a word, the browser hijack redirect virus can cause chaos and problems on the infected computer.
How did you get Gio.mappingdone.net virus on your computer? Usually these kinds of the viruses will be planted to some programs especially free programs, .exe, .bat or other executable processes and unsafe links. The computer will get the virus infection when the PC users install, open or click on these infected files. Sometimes the virus can even attack the computer by the files on the USB stick as well. Most of the unsafe website and forum will contain the virus infection, the computer can be infected while visiting these webpages.
The browser hijack redirect virus is an extremely dangerous threat on the infected computer. Registry and other system settings can be modified by it completely, that is the reason the nasty redirect virus can escape the tracking of the security tools like anti-virus program or firewall. It is strongly suggested that PC user should get rid of this redirect virus in a manual way to uninstall it. Learn more from the manual removal guide below.
1. Clean cookies
* Internet Explorer: Tools → Internet Options →the General tab, Delete the Cookies button can be directly seen in IE6, IE7 is to click the Delete Browsing History button then tick Cookies and click Delete.
* Firefox:Tools → Options → Privacy → Remove Individual Cookies → Delete corresponding cookies in the cookies showing box.
* Opera:Tools → Preferences → Advanced → Cookies →Delete corresponding cookies in Management Cookies.
2. Clean add-ons and extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Start, type: Manage browser add-ons
(2). Hit Enter on your keyboard
(3). Click Manage add-on and disable all the suspicious add-on.
（1）. Click the Firefox menu and click Add-on
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-on and click Disable.
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button →Tools→ click Extensions
(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.
3. Show hidden files and folders.
a. For XP: Press Win+E together, click on Tools, then choose Folder Options
For Vista, 7 and 8: Press Win+E together, click on Organize, then choose Folder and search options.
b. Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries of the virus and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press Win+R to get the Run window. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
b. All malicious files and registry entries that should be deleted:
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of this browser hijacker virus.
Gio.mappingdone.net is a dangerous browser hijack redirect to collect information from the infected browser and the whole computer, cyber criminals spread this redirect virus to get victims’ personal information for their malicious purposes. This redirect virus can also replace the homepage and default search on the infected browser to mess up the problematic machine, Internet speed will be much slower as well. Gio.mappingdone.net is not a reliable site, it needs to be removed completely to protect the data of the PC users. Next time if this site is shown automatically on your browser, it means that your PC is in an unsafe situation, you need to take actions to get rid of this redirect virus, or you may be the next victim by this redirect.
If you are not sure which files are related to malware, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by & last updated on April 12, 2014 2:29 am