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MapsFox. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

MapsFox is the adware-type program that shows commercial content constantly and installs additional MapsFox browser extension without your permission

MapsFox PUP
MapsFox is an adware program which usually hijacks the Google Chrome web browser to post advertisements

MapsFox is the program that might be advertised as providing accurate and useful features. Unfortunately, there is no feature that includes giving accurate directions, transit routes or reports traffic. Although these features may look valuable and legitimate, this PUP is not giving you positive results.[1] Adware delivers commercial content and fills up the browser with intrusive advertisements. Some computer users, who have been using the Chrome browser, claim that they have been experiencing MapsFox pop-up ads on expeditorsonline.com. According to various complaints online, this intruder affects both operating systems.[2] Once the program hijacks your Windows or Mac device, you might start overcoming advertisements which say that they are “Brought to you by MapsFox,” “Advertisements by MapsFox,” and similar. Clicking on this content redirects your online traffic to affiliated pages or even exposes to malicious online content.

Name MapsFox
Category Adware
Sub-category PUP (potentially unwanted program)
Browsers hijacked Chrome is the most popular browser, so it gets infected more than others, but other web browsers also might be hijacked by the adware
OS affected Mac or Windows
Identification You can identify this program by rogue advertising activities which let you know that ads are “Brought to you by MapsFox,” also, from redirecting 
Distribution Other free programs, unsafe websites, infected hyperlinks, etc.
Detection process Try detecting the potentially unwanted program and all rogue content with Reimage

MapsFox advertising is the main frustrating feature of the adware program because, in most cases, banners, pop-up ads or in-text advertisements, coupons promote useless products, fake software updates, other websites. Colorful windows contain little information but no close button that could allow closing the advertisements directly and quickly.

As many other potentially unwanted programs, adware installs applications or programs without your knowledge and consent like MapsFox extension on your Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or any other browser. This additional content affects the speed and performance of your device, so you need to eliminate all related programs from the system.

You can see that MapsFox advertisements display direct identification that this program generates unwanted content. This way you can see what PUP is affecting your computer:

  • MapsFox Promos,
  • Powered by MapsFox,
  • Advertisements by MapsFox,
  • Brought to you by MapsFox,
  • Ads by MapsFox,
  • Ads powered by MapsFox.

MapsFox ads can appear in your computer system after installing rogue applications from free third-party sources. Additionally, these types of programs might come from dubious links. Once they do, your web browser is very likely to experience changes like added toolbars or changed homepage. 

Nevertheless, MapsFox pop-up ads can cause dubious redirects to questionable-looking websites. Sadly, some of these pages might appear to be potentially dangerous and seak to install malware on the visitor's computer. Moreover, these adverts often promote rogue security software or offer other useless programs to gain income.

MapsFox is an adware application which means that it can collect browsing-related details. Potentially unwanted programs are very likely to gather all information that relates to the user's browsing activity, history, and habits. Once this data is collected, the developers can moderate beneficially-looking advertisements which are promoted to trick users to click on these notifications.

Additionally, ad-supported programs can cause browser struggles and even crashes. Moreover, these PUPs eat the computer's resources; they might also overuse the CPU's[3] energy to provide numerous advertising posts. For these reasons, you should remove MapsFox as soon as you spot rogue changes in your computer and the program running in the system.

MapsFox removal should be performed cautiously. If you do not feel experienced enough to deal with the PUP by yourself, you should use a tool such as Reimage to eliminate the rogue app. However, we have provided a manual elimination guide below this text for those who are likely to get rid of the cyber threat on their own. Make sure you take a good look at the below-provided instructions to succeed in the process.

  MapsFox advertisements
MapsFox is the unwanted computer program that comes on the system via the bundling technique. Additionally, the program itself can install various extensions or applications without your consent.

Adware programs come from third-party Internet sources 

According to cybersecurity experts from Virusai.lt,[4] adware applications can be found all over the web. However, mostly, these programs appear on third-party websites. These pages can also be free downloading websites from which adware apps infiltrate the system together with other software. Good news is that you can avoid this type of secret installation.

What you have to do is choose the Advanced installation mode in your web browser. This variant allows you to track all incoming programs and opt-out components you do not want to see on your computer. Furthermore, you should always pay attention to the objects you are downloading and installing on your own. DO NOT skip any steps.

If you like to visit various questionable pages daily, you should get an antivirus program to protect your system all the time. Of course, the best choice would be to stay away from all rogue content from the Internet sphere. Additionally, be careful while clicking on hyperlinks, they also might have adware, or even malware injected, better investigate them first.

Get rid of MapsFox pop-up notifications from your OS and web browser

To remove MapsFox from your computer system and web browser, choose reliable computer software or perform the process by using our below-given manual elimination guide. Note that you will need to get rid of each browser extension, plug-in, and add-on. Do not forget to test all browsers, otherwise, you might miss particular signs of adware.

For the MapsFox removal, check web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Note that the elimination requires full attention and some skills. If you think that you lack experience, better choose a reputable anti-malware program to complete the removal process as these tools will guide you through.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner, Malwarebytes 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 MapsFox, follow these steps:

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Get rid of MapsFox from Windows systems

If you have overcome rogue advertisements on your Windows computer, you can get rid of them by following these instructing steps:

  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 MapsFox and related programs
    Here, look for MapsFox 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'
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Remove MapsFox from Mac OS X system

Spotting MapsFox pop-up ads on Mac means that supposedly an adware app has infiltrated the system unexpectedly. Eliminate the potentially unwanted program with the help of these instructions:

  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 MapsFox 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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Delete MapsFox 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 MapsFox 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 MapsFox 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 MapsFox 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, MapsFox should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Uninstall MapsFox 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 MapsFox 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete MapsFox removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase MapsFox from Google Chrome

If you have found the MapsFox extension in your Google Chrome web browser, you can get rid of the unwanted component by looking through these instructions:

  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 MapsFox 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete MapsFox removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of MapsFox 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 MapsFox or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 MapsFox removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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