How to remove MapFinderz Toolbar

How to remove MapFinderz Toolbar

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How to remove MapFinderz Toolbar

How to remove MapFinderz Toolbar

What is MapFinderz:

Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker/PUP

MapFinderz (is also known as MapFinderz Toolbar or MapFinderz Extension) is an application developed by Mindspark Interactive Network Inc. and is powered by the MyWay search engine. The majority of the reputable malware researchers consider MapFinderz a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) and a Browser Hijacker, as it is usually distributed using some suspicious software bundles, configured to use silent (a.k.a. quiet) or stealth install and make some system and browser changes, which are responsible for the resetting of MapFinderz as the default search engine as well as the default URL for the New Tabs every time the browser starts, quits or the system boots or shuts down, making the recovery much more complex. Our malware researchers ran some tests and came to the same conclusion – the MapFinderz has been classified as a browser hijacker and/or a PUP. They’ve also warned us, that the MapFinderz will monitor and collect various browsing data, including various private browsing information like search queries, search results, cookies, originating IP address, browsing history and basically all data, which could be extracted from your browser (basically everything nowadays). That’s why we strongly recommend all our visitors to consider their computers compromised and to get rid of the MapFinderz as soon as possible, because it represents a clear danger for your online identity and computer security.

MapFinderz comes packed with other free software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended install of the software bundle. The possible distribution of the MapFinderz varies, but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..

MapFinderz will fill your browser screen with unwanted advertising, trying to attract more users to the advertised web pages and generate income from the online traffic. MapFinderz may keep track of your browsing activity and steal valuable information as login credentials, financial information and even bank accounts data. This information might be sent to third-party companies, which might used it for marketing purposes or for something else. That’s why this infection should not be left unattended, and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to be a serious threat to your online security.

!!! Please note that these kinds of infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause loss of data. We strongly recommend you to not underestimate such threats.

How to remove MapFinderz Toolbar:

There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:

1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for All users) using a SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).

Remove MapFinderz Toolbar Automatically:

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

You can download and install SpyHunter to detect MapFinderz and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.

SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.

Learn more about the SpyHunter (EULA). You can read the SpyHunter Installation InstructionsSpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which would allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.

Remove MapFinderz Toolbar Manually:

!!! Please note: You can remove MapFinderz manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillerS.com recommends using SpyHunter.

1. Remove MapFinderz Toolbar Uninstall Entry:

First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to MapFinderz, Oovoostart.com, FFsearch.net, WiseFolderLock, DirectionsBuilder, InternetSpeedUtility, HDWallPaper, SafeSurfs.net, My News Wire, Tools Plus, Net Surf, Search.searchuts.com, AppTrailers, Query.searchetan.com, Search.searchctp.com, Search.searchwatchytsn.com, Combotab.com, LuckySearch123.comSocial2Search, TrotuxBrowserProtectCpmOfferConvert.comDashlaneDown.baidu2016.comDs.serving-sys.com, Dingit.tvDriverAgent Plus AdsEasyHomeDecorating ToolbarEcosia.orgFindingResult.comFlightSearch Toolbar, Ads by MgidGoaSave AdsLiveadexchanger.comMyTransitGuide Toolbar, MyDailyRunWay Toolbar, N121adserv.comOutbrain.com, PopAds.netScenicHomepage ToolbarSearchguide.level3.com, S.admathhd.com2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.comMapFinderz extension for Internet Explorer, MapFinderz extension for Firefox, MapFinderz extension for Chrome, Search-Results Toolbar, Youtube Downloader HD or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, check for suspicious programs, installed on the same date – like other Adware or PUP or Browser Hijacker related products. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.

*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.

2. Remove MapFinderz Toolbar from your browser:

Internet Explorer:

How to reset Internet Explorer settings to default!

Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).

*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.

After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart Internet Explorer in order for the changes to take effect.

Google Chrome:

How to reset Google Chrome settings to default!

Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.

For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\

For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\

Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:

For Windows XP:

1. Click on “Start” in the lower-left part of the screen.

2. Choose “Run“.

3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.

For Windows Vista/7/8/10:

1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left part of the screen.

2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.

Mozilla Firefox:

How to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default!

1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.

2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that has been imported. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.

3. Check for arguments added by MapFinderz in any Browser shortcuts or links to webpages:

MapFinderz might also hijack and set your web browser shortcuts to force-load as start page. This is done by loading the MapFinderz`s web page right after starting the browser from the hijacked shortcut.

The argument that MapFinderz uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:

http://hp.myway.com/index.jhtml?

You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut’s target line.

4. Delete any folders related to MapFinderz by checking the following locations:

Look for a folder named MapFinderz or MindSpark Interactive Network or MyWay in:

%ProgramFiles%

%AppData%

%ProgramData%

%LocalAppData%

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