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Remove Mapseasy.net virus (Removal Instructions) - updated Jan 2021

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Mapseasy.net is a browser hijacker that changes new tab settings

Mapseasy.net browser hijacker

Mapseasy.net is a browser hijacker that users can obtain on the official website. However, in most cases, the dubious app spreads with the help software bundling – a marketing technique that does not adequately disclose optional components within installers. MapsEasy New Tab browser plugin attracts users by promoting easy access and usage of maps and satellite images, as well as informs about weather changes. However, this potentially unwanted program causes several side effects, including modification of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari startup page and new tab settings, promotion of sponsored content via advertisement and phony search results, as well as redirection to potentially dangerous sites.

Summary
Name Mapseasy.net
Type Browser hijacker
Browser extension MapsEasy New Tab
Developer AVSoftware
Distribution Software bundling
Symptoms Altered browser settings, increased amount of ads and sponsored links
Main dangers Possible malware infection and data leak
Elimination Use ReimageIntego for a quick removal, or check our manual guide blow

The very first Mapseasy.net hijack symptom is the increased amount of advertisements on various websites, which include pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links, and similar. The purpose of such PUP behavior is to boost revenue for AVSoftware by using pay-per-click scheme. 

Additionally, all the search results are redirected to a trusted Bing site. While it is a legitimate search engine, it can be covered in sponsored ads when users are redirected to it from affiliated websites. This might hinder the possibility for users to find relevant information on the internet, as well as slow down their browsers. That is why Mapseasy.net virus removal is necessary. 

Though the Mapseasy.net add-on disclaims of sharing your personal details with third-parties[1], the privacy policy mentions that AVSoftware, the owner of this tool, may transmit your personal information to partner companies in case of a business merger:

In the event that AVSoftware goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, Personal Information will likely be among the assets transferred. AVSoftware will post a notice on this website of any such change in ownership or control of the Personal Information AVSoftware may have prior to such transfer.

Moreover, before you enable this add-on, it notifies you that you agree for this tool to read and change all your data on the websites you visit, browsing history, manage your downloads, as well as apps, extensions, and themes. If such customization of the browser triggers suspicion, Mapseasy.net removal might be a better option. ReimageIntego or Malwarebytes performs it faster.

Indeed, the Mapseasy.net search engine is less troublesome than aggressive browser hijackers or more questionable adware. However, there are ambiguities in its privacy policy. It assures that the application does not function as spyware, i.e., it does not record strokes or embed malignant objects into the browser.

The screenshot of mapseasy.netThough Mapseasy.net is not technically a virus, but its effectiveness is still disputable.

Nonetheless, the following provisions state that the Mapseasy.net PUP may use the collected information about users’ browsing habits and share with “internal and external clients”[2]. It may also misuse the data for statistical and advertising purposes.

Due to such activity, you may notice commercial offers more relevant to you[3]. Note that you may occasionally experience Mapseasy.net redirect phenomenon. In other words, you may get misled to a sponsored domain. Due to such tendency, you may be accidentally redirected to a poorly protected website. These factors may encourage you to remove Mapseasy.net.

Distribution techniques of unwanted programs

It is commendable that this add-on owns its official website. Additionally, it may be promoted as an optional download attachment when you download video or audio editors or file converters. Users make a fatal mistake when they install new applications and opt for Recommended settings. It is not surprising, however, because the meaning lies within the setting name itself. Unfortunately, it is a trick used by software authors to make users skip vital steps during the installation process.

In order to be aware of what optional tools might be installed along with a primary application, choose Custom settings. This mode will reveal optional components, and you will be able to eliminate them before they get into your machine. Before enabling a new feature or application, you might also check other users’ reviews.

Mapseasy.net PUPMapseasy.net installation is simple, although users might have troubles with removing it

Mapseasy.net removal guidelines

If you are looking for a fast solution, you may opt for an automatic Mapseasy.net removal. For that reason, install an anti-spyware application and conduct a scan. Anti-malware app will also ensure that no malicious programs will get into your computer in the future.

If you are okay with using the usual method, you might use the manual instructions below. Note that if you choose the latter option, you will have to follow each step carefully. Remove Mapseasy.net virus and its related toolbars. If you are sure that the add-on is completely eradicated, you may reset the browser.

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To remove Mapseasy.net virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Mapseasy.net from Windows systems

To remove MapsEasy New Tab from your Windows device, follow these steps:

To remove Mapseasy.net virus from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Mapseasy.net virus (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate Mapseasy.net from Mac OS X system

Mac OS users should keep in their mind that this browser plug-in is compatible with their operating system and browser types as well. Luckily, it is not difficult to remove MapsEasy New Tab the system.

Remove Mapseasy.net virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Mapseasy.net virus-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Mapseasy.net virus, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Mapseasy.net virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Mapseasy.net virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Mapseasy.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Mapseasy.net virus and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Mapseasy.net virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Mapseasy.net virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Mapseasy.net virus-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Mapseasy.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Mapseasy.net virus and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Mapseasy.net virus did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Mapseasy.net virus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Mapseasy.net from Google Chrome

You may as well use the removal instructions provided in the web page of mapseasy.net as well these manual instructions.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Mapseasy.net virus by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Mapseasy.net virus in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Mapseasy.net virus-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Mapseasy.net virus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Mapseasy.net from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Mapseasy.net virus and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Mapseasy.net registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

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If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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