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Home.mapsnt.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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MapsNT – hijacker that promises you an effortless car ride

Screenshot of Home.mapsnt.com

MapsNT Search by Polarity Technologies is one of many fake search engines that pretend that their only aim is to help users increase their browsing experience. This example claims to be ready to help you find everything you might need for your journey by car. Here, you will find sponsored links to gas prices, directions, traffic in your local area, etc.

MapsNT can be downloaded from Chrome Play Store,[1] but, in most cases, it invades users’ computers without their consent. Once this malicious extension is installed on your machine, it hijacks web browser. It sets your homepage, new tab URL and search engine to hxxp://home.mapsnt.com or hxxp://search.mapsnt.com.

MapsNT Search might seem like a handy tool helping you to reach useful links with only one click. Besides, it can also help you find yourself on Facebook, Amazon or other well-known websites. However, the only goal of these people is to generate revenue.

Keep in mind that by using browser hijacker instead of a normal search engine you can put yourself in danger. Therefore, we recommend you to remove MapsNT virus immediately after you detect its suspicious activity on your Chrome or another browser. If you want to find out how can you delete this intruder, please follow our guidelines at the end of this post. The easier way to get rid of it is to use Reimage to repair your system automatically.

Immediately after infiltration, the MapsNT virus starts making changes to your system:

  • Sets your homepage, search engine, and a new tab URL to home.mapsnt.com and prevents from reverting them.
  • Might create new bookmarks, shortcuts or install browser helper objects.
  • Displays various intrusive ads, banner ads, coupons, and similar commercial content.
  • Causes redirects to dubious websites. Any MapsNT redirect can bring you to third-party websites where you can download and install malware/PUPs. Be aware that Polarity Technologies Ltd. takes no responsibility for third-party content, and, by using their services, you agree not to accuse them of any damage (as stated in their EULA).[2]

Additionally, MapsNT might start recording non-personally identifiable information, like your PC’s IP address, URLs that you visit, search queries and similar information that might be used for displaying targeted ads.

It is clear that using tools like this one can lead you to lots of negative experiences. There is no need to use this PUP, especially when there are so many legitimate search engines. Therefore, we highly recommend you to remove Home.mapsnt.com virus from your computer.

Bundling is used by such viruses to infiltrate your machine

To infiltrate computers without users’ approval, hijackers have been actively relying on bundling. It is a deceptive marketing practice used to install potentially unwanted programs on users’ computers.

While downloading free software from the internet, users often tend to skip important steps and choose Quick or Recommended settings. This should be avoided as Advanced, or Custom settings can help you reveal all important details about the software you are about to install. Make sure you opt out of any unwanted programs which you don’t know.

Finally, note that it is vital to download software updates from official websites and avoid third-party content altogether. Security experts from senzavirus.it[3] say that fake updates might include more dangers than PUPs, for instance, you might install ransomware or other malware.

Remove home.mapsnt.com virus from your machine for good

If you are one of those unlucky users who has been tricked by MapsNT.com virus, we can inform you that you can use one of two ways to remove this hijacker from the system. You can either follow the step-by-step guide that was prepared by our experts or remove MapsNT from your machine automatically.

Manual MapsNT removal requires being very careful, so if you don’t have lots of computer-related knowledge, we recommend opting for automatic removal option. Please choose one of the programs that have been used while we tested this PUP. Make sure you update the software to make sure that it can detect the virus.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Home.mapsnt.com, follow these steps:

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Delete Home.mapsnt.com from Windows systems

Follow the guide given below to delete all hijacker-related entries from the computer:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Home.mapsnt.com and related programs
    Here, look for Home.mapsnt.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Home.mapsnt.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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Uninstall Home.mapsnt.com from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Home.mapsnt.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Get rid of Home.mapsnt.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

After the Home.mapsnt.com hijack, you should uninstall questionable Explorer add-ons and reset the browser:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Home.mapsnt.com and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Home.mapsnt.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Eliminate Home.mapsnt.com from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Home.mapsnt.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase Home.mapsnt.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You may have accidentally installed shady Firefox extension that is responsible for keeping your browser hijacked. Thus, you have to remove it:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Home.mapsnt.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Home.mapsnt.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove Home.mapsnt.com from Google Chrome

To remove Home.mapsnt.com and MapsNT extension from Google Chrome, follow these steps:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Home.mapsnt.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Home.mapsnt.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Home.mapsnt.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Home.mapsnt.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Home.mapsnt.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Home.mapsnt.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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