What is MapsGalaxy and Mindspark?
MapsGalaxy is a program, which is created by Mindspark as a tool dedicated to improving users' browsing on the Internet. It includes various features, such as maps, traffic conditions, directions, etc., and can easily be added to IE, Mozilla Firefox and other web browsers that can be found on a computer. We must say that many PC users find it effective, but we think that we have to warn you about several negative things, such as MapsGalaxy redirect issue.
First of all, it has also been reported that this potentially unwanted program may hijack all of web browsers without any permission asked because it has been actively spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware. Also, it is capable of altering system settings and then initiating annoying redirects to mywebsearch.com and other questionable search engines. Mostly, this toolbar is set to alter the homepage to home.mywebsearch.com and the default search engine to mywebsearch. Of course, there should be no surprise why this toolbar redirects users to this domain - this toolbar is owned by the same company, which is known as Mindspark. Beware that you may also notice that your new tab page or the bookmarks list was also altered by MapsGalaxy hijacker.
Finally, no matter how harmless this website looks, it may be used for tracking PC users and collecting their search terms, mostly visited websites and data that is entered by people when visiting these sites. Besides, it may also know computer's IP address, location, victim's email address and similar data. As we can expect, this data can be used for targeted advertising and similar things, so you should keep it private. If you want to avoid these activities on your computer, you should remove MapsGalaxy virus. The easiest way to do that is to scan your computer with the updated anti-spyware. In this case, we highly recommend SpyHunter or other reputable security software.
How does this program spread around?
You can install this toolbar on your computer from Mindspark websites. However, we don't recommend doing so because you may run into previously mentioned problems. Besides, you may notice that you are dealing with MapsGalaxy hijack issue without installing this app because it seems that not only its official website promotes it. Beware that this program may enter your computer in a bundle with other software. This distribution technique is called bundling, so you should be very careful when installing legitimate free programs from the Internet because there are hundreds of those that can be involved to the distribution of suspicious browser add-ons, extensions, plugins, toolbars, etc.. If you have already been surprised by MapsGalaxy toolbar virus appearance on your computer, you should think what freeware have you recently install on your computer. Think about download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software and similar programs. If you want to protect yourself, you should select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware and then uncheck pre-checked check marks that allow browser's changes and redirects to home.mywebsearch.com and similar websites.