MapsGalaxy Toolbar seems to be a useful browser add-on as it provides maps, driving directions, traffic reports and weather forecasts for Google Chrome. Security experts, however, categorize it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
What is MapsGalaxy Toolbar?
According to the official website of MapsGalaxy Toolbar, it “helps you arrive at your destination with a smile on your face.”
The convenience of having direct information about street maps, local traffic conditions, driving directions, satellite street views, weather and more sounds quite appealing indeed. The application is easy to install too – you download it “fast and free” straight from its official website, after which it appears as a toolbar on your browser – ready for use.
Why is MapsGalaxy Toolbar considered a PUP?
Although MapsGalaxy Toolbar is quite useful to have on your browser, security experts categorize it as a potentially unwanted program. The application is not malicious by its nature, but once installed, it has the capability of changing the settings of your browser and your default search engine to promote websites such as Ask.com, for example. And, although Ask.com is not a malicious website either, specialists consider such browser changes unnecessary and thus categorize the browser add-on as a PUP.
In addition, MapsGalaxy Toolbar is known for monitoring and collecting information about your browsing behavior which it may then share with third parties (advertising affiliates).
Should you remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar?
You might find the benefits of having MapsGalaxy Toolbar outweighing its negatives, and it’s up to you whether to keep it on your browser or remove it. Experts, however, recommend its removal.
You can use a legitimate anti-malware program to remove the application permanently from your computer, or you can follow the manual steps below.
Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar
Step 2: Uninstall MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar will be removed.
Eliminate MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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.