|Type||Ad-supported Browser Extension|
|Short Description||Pop-ups administered by an extension for Google Chrome.|
|Symptoms||The user may encounter different types of advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||In freeware packages (bundling), or executing fake updates, clicking on random pop-up windows.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By MapsGalaxy|
What Is MapsGalaxy?
- Access to maps
- Driving directions
- Weather forecasts
- Traffic reports
However, delivering these services is another question. This add-on is classified as a browser hijacker. If you install it on your computer, MapsGalaxy will change your browser’s settings. What is more, you will also start receiving numerous ads whenever you are browsing the web. After it is on your PC, you will have a new homepage and default search engine. This program offers no useful services. It will be an annoyance though. What is more, such programs are considered as risks for the system’s security. This is why you should remove it as soon as possible.
What Does MapsGalaxy Do?
Once installed, MapsGalaxy will immediately change your browser’s settings. It will make mywebsearch.com your homepage and default search engine. These changes can occur on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome as MapsGalaxy can work on all three of the browsers. Mywebsearch.com has been developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc, which is known for creating some very dubious programs. So you should think twice about trusting it.
Where Did MapsGalaxy Come from?
MapsGalaxy is available on its official web page, as well as on the Chrome Web Store. It is possible that you have downloaded and installed it yourself. However, browser hijackers are known for getting installed on computers without users noticing. They achieve this through bundled downloads. If you download any free programs from third-party dispensers, there is a possibility that there will be additional software attached to the installers. There are a few measures you can take to avoid bundled downloads:
- Avoid third-party software distributors.
- Do not skip through the installation. Instead, make sure to read all information presented to you.
- Select Advanced/Custom installation. This will give you the opportunity to decline any additional programs that may be on the installer.
What Is the Danger of MapsGalaxy?
The real problem with MapsGalaxy is the search engine that it will make your homepage and default search provider. It is not to be trusted as it can show numerous sponsored links at the top of the search results. Some of these may very well lead to unreliable websites. The search engine is not liable for the contents of the websites it promotes, so there is possibility that some of them are managed by cyber criminals. If you are transferred onto one of these, your PC may be targeted for malware attacks, or a phishing scam may be attempted.
You should also expect sudden redirects to different websites. This is also the doing of MapsGalaxy. Do not be surprised if pop-up ads start appearing constantly while you are browsing the web. These can also take you to unreliable websites. As you can see, MapsGalaxy will cause you nothing but troubles. This is why you should remove it as soon as possible.
You can uninstall MapsGalaxy manually. Go to Control Panel, open the list of programs, find MapsGalaxy and remove it. It is also important to reset your browser’s settings. However, your system may still be at risk. There may be more adware on it, and there is a chance that malware has already made its way onto it. Security specialists recommend having a reliable antimalware tool on your computer. This will remove all intruders from it. It will also protect it against any attacks by infections. This is the best way to ensure that your sensitive information is completely safe.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove MapsGalaxy from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MapsGalaxy from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MapsGalaxy from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MapsGalaxy from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MapsGalaxy from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MapsGalaxy from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MapsGalaxy from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MapsGalaxy from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MapsGalaxy
Step 2: Uninstall MapsGalaxy and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MapsGalaxy on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MapsGalaxy there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MapsGalaxy from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MapsGalaxy and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove MapsGalaxy via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove MapsGalaxy files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MapsGalaxy, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove MapsGalaxy from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase MapsGalaxy from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall MapsGalaxy from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove MapsGalaxy from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MapsGalaxy will be removed.
Eliminate MapsGalaxy from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.