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Remove MapBeast ads (Improved Instructions)

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Description of MapBeast virus. Is it a dangerous program?

Once MapBeast redirect virus settles in the computer system, it adjusts settings in each of your web browsers. It adds MapBeast extension to them, which changes the homepage, then new tab page, and lastly – default search engine settings. It wants to encourage the computer user to use search engine (by Safer Browser), which does no function like a regular search engine. At first, it seems that it is just a simple web search provider, but soon enough it starts causing redirects.

MapBeast redirects lead to all kinds of Internet sites. Some of them open safe websites, while others lead to high-risk ones. There is no way to predict what website you are going to be rerouted, so if you want to bypass untrustworthy web pages, do not use this search engine. However, it is easier to say than to do that – if you leave MapBeast browser hijacker on your PC, it is going to reroute you to every time you enter a search query to URL box. In order to set another search engine as a default one, you will need to remove MapBeast from your computer.

MapBeast adware replaces homepage, displays ads

Questions about MapBeast ads

However, there are a few more things that make this potentially unwanted program (PUP) look suspicious. It does not only alter browser settings and tries to convince the user to use it on a daily basis, but after some time, it starts displaying various advertisements. Typically, ads by MapBeast show up when the computer user browses websites like eBay or Amazon, but they might show up while you explore other Internet sites, too. MapBeast ads commonly pop-up in new windows or appear as banners, but they are also unreliable and if you do not want to encounter MapBeast redirect issues again, do not click on any of them. All the activity of this PUP apparently uses computer’s resources and slows it down, so if you want your computer running smoothly, implement MapBeast removal. You can use Reimage to delete it, but if you would like to find all components of this PUP and eliminate them manually, follow instructions that we have prepared. They are provided on the next page.

How does this program spread?

If you have installed Map Beast unwillingly, we believe that you do not know when did it happen. One thing that you should know is that PUPs like this one cannot be installed without user’s permission because they are not viruses. In order to make computer users install such PUPs, people who create them collaborate with developers of free and popular programs and bundle their products together. This way, they build so-called software bundles. Almost every free program can include optional downloads, which are installed automatically if the computer user does not opt them out. To do this, the user needs to select Custom or Advanced settings during the installation process and deselect all suspicious components.

How to remove MapBeast browser hijacker?

The search engine MapBeast virus presents is not safe to use since it delivers modified search results that contain sponsored links. As we have already stated, MapBeast redirects can lead you high-risk sites which might be filled with content that can pose a threat to your computer system. If you are looking for a search engine that would provide you not with sponsored and unreliable content, but with relevant search results, consider using a well-known search engine, for example, Google.

To remove this browser hijacker from your computer, please follow MapBeast removal instructions provided below.

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To remove MapBeast ads, follow these steps:

Erase MapBeast from Windows systems

  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 MapBeast and related programs
    Here, look for MapBeast 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 MapBeast 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 '' 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.

Get rid of MapBeast 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 MapBeast 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'

Delete MapBeast from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 MapBeast 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 MapBeast removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate MapBeast ads 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, MapBeast should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall MapBeast from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 MapBeast 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 MapBeast removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove MapBeast from Google Chrome

  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 MapBeast 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 MapBeast removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase MapBeast 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 MapBeast 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 MapBeast, 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 MapBeast removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Joanna says:
    June 3rd, 2016 at 10:15 am

    This has changed my homepage! I didnt like search engine at all!

  2. alvin11 says:
    June 3rd, 2016 at 10:17 am

    this extension was added without my knowledge, I feel like someone hacked my pc i know its not a virus but thats scary. If such program can get inside my pc without my knowledge, then, I bet, serious computer viruses can hack my computer, too 🙁

  3. Chromeo says:
    June 7th, 2016 at 2:00 am

    I just kicked this virus from my computer, hah 😀 No ads, no computer slowdowns, all good. Thank ya!

  4. rizzley says:
    June 7th, 2016 at 2:01 am

    I thought itll be a little harder to uninstall this crapware. excellent instructions!

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