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Remove MapsFrontier virus (Removal Instructions) - updated Sep 2020

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Maps Frontier | Type: Adware

Maps Frontier is a PUP which promises traffic updates, but brings unwanted advertisements

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Questions about MapsFrontier virus

Maps Frontier is a browser extension for Google Chrome and other browsers. It is promoted as an app capable of helping users with directions, traffic information, transit routes, and similar data. Unfortunately, it is also an ad-supported software which fills users' browsers with advertisements and secretly collects their search data. This sponsored content helps developers to increase traffic to less known websites, earning them money in return. Nevertheless, users are left in-between, as they have to continually deal with banners, offers, deals, coupons and other pop-ups which may even hinder content of legitimate websites.

Name Maps Frontier Advertising; MapsFrontier Offers
Type Adware
Affected OS Windows, Mac OS X
targeted browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and other popular browsers
Main dangers Exposure to malware-ridden and other dangerous sites
Distribution Software bundling, official web page
Symptoms Intrusive ads in forms of pop-ups, deals, banners, offers, coupons, etc.
Elimination You can uninstall it automatically by using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

In fact, issues with this add-on begin with its distribution method. Despite the fact that it can be downloaded from the official site, it has also been spread bundled with various free programs. Therefore, it’s easy to download it unknowingly. However, it’s impossible to overlook Maps Frontier extension and similar ones once you open Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or another web browser.

So-called Maps Frontier virus is capable of changing some settings on the affected computer and each of the affected web browser in order to display commercial content, for instance:

  • Alter Windows registry or create new registry keys;[1]
  • Set itself as autorun application and boot with Windows OS;
  • Modify browsers’ shortcuts and settings;
  • Use virtual layer to display ads, banners or other types of online ads on visited websites.

These changes are needed in order to generate advertising-based revenue for the Maps Frontier pop-ups developers. Unfortunately, they might be trying to reach their goal quite aggressively. Ads related to this PUP might cover the whole browser’s screen, cover needed content, do not have close (X) button and follow you on each website you visit.

Maps FrontierMaps Frontier Offer example

Typically, Maps Frontier adware displays ads presenting shopping offers, discounts, price comparisons, and other deals that “you might be interested in.” Indeed, some of them might look interesting because of data tracking activities[2] which allow adware display personalized ads.

However, it’s important to stay away from too-good-to-be-true offers. Usually, they are misleading and created only for getting your click. This is a way for the creators and developers to gain income from Maps Frontier ads. Additionally, beware that some of these banners or pop-ups might redirect to dangerous sites where you might install malware or lose personal information.

An increased possibility to encounter cyber threats and significantly decreased browsing experience are not the only reasons to remove Maps Frontier from your computer. Adware is a sneaky software that usually gathers non-personally identifiable information, which sometimes may include personal data. The problem is, that you can never be sure where this data might end up. Therefore, be wary and do not disclose any personal details on the internet, unless you know for sure that the website is secure.

Maps Frontier adwareMaps Frontier is an adware program that can bombard intrusive notifications and redirect to sponsored pages

Maps Frontier virus Mac might be capable of gathering informative details that relate to the user's browsing experience, habits, and history. Once this type of information is collected, the developers share it with other parties to collect income. As you see, adware programs[3] are based only on beneficial purposes are none of the user's needs are fulfilled with this app.

Maps Frontier is an adware-based program that should not remain on your system for long. If you have spotted any unknown changes in the homepages of your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Safari web browsers,  you should take some actions to eliminate the potentially unwanted program immediately.

Maps Frontier issue – data tracking

By using tracking cookies,[4] pixels, tags, and similar technologies, Maps Frontier extension can collect various non-personally identifiable information, such as visited websites, search queries, clicked ads or links, and other browsing-related activities. This information allows building your profile and displaying engaging advertisements. Therefore, this ad-supported program communicates with ad networks and then delivers ads to the extension user. In addition, the non-PII is shared with partners, as described in Privacy Policy:

We may share your PII with our parent company and its principals, parent company, employees, consultants, officers, directors, members, agents, subsidiaries, or affiliates (collectively “Related Companies”).

Maps Frontier adware

Therefore, during the time, you might find your browser crashing and freezing due to the excessive amount of ads displayed by the extension and third-parties.[5] Also, you might start unintentionally visiting high-risk websites which affects your online security. So, you should uninstall Maps Frontier to protect yourself.

For Maps Frontier removal, we strongly suggest using anti-malware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. However, you can also get rid of this adware and its related components manually. Our team has prepared a detailed guide at the end of the article.

Software bundles are the main way used to spread Maps Frontier

We have briefly mentioned that the extension is capable of getting into the system unnoticed with the help of free programs. Usually, you are offered to choose between Standard/Default and Custom/Advanced freeware installation mode. If you choose the first one, you give permission to add unwanted software to your computer.

Hence, you have to choose Custom/Advanced installation option and see what extra items the software installer suggests adding to your computer. All that you need to do then is to deselect these additions and proceed with the installation. It's the only way to avoid unwanted apps and their negative features. team[6] recommends choosing reliable file sharing sources to get your downloads from because attempts to download files or programs from unknown and suspicious-looking sites simply increases the chances of installing potentially unwanted programs.

MapsFrontier adsMapsFrontier is a highly annoying ad-supported virus that serves third-party offers via victim's browsing sessions.

To uninstall Maps Frontier from the system, you need to get rid of its components

To perform Maps Frontier removal on your computer, you need to choose one of two different methods that we find the most effective when dealing with such threats. The first method that we selected for infected users is automatic removal. By cleaning the system with anti-malware software, you will be capable of making sure that all malicious components (not necessarily related to this adware) are gone.

The second option that you can choose is removing this PUP manually. While both methods are effective and automatic removal option is definitely easier-to-do, you can also follow the guidelines below in order to remove Maps Frontier completely. The adware may have arrived together with other PUPs or installed questionable entries itself. You have to find and get rid of them all.

Maps Frontier video removal guide

You can remove Maps Frontier by using reputable software but if you are not likely to use only automatical programs, you can give our below-provided video a try. You will be informed and provided with steps on how to get rid of the unwanted application from your computer system. Make sure to follow each action and complete them correctly.

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To remove MapsFrontier virus, follow these steps:

Erase MapsFrontier from Windows systems

To uninstall all unwanted components of this adware, find them in Task Manager and click “Uninstall”. The guide given below will help you to perform this task successfully:

To remove MapsFrontier 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 MapsFrontier (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.

Get rid of MapsFrontier from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove MapsFrontier from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for MapsFrontier-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 MapsFrontier, 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 MapsFrontier and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the MapsFrontier-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate MapsFrontier 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 MapsFrontier 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,
  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 MapsFrontier removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove MapsFrontier 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 MapsFrontier-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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 MapsFrontier from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix Firefox, uninstall all suspicious extensions and add-ons from Mozilla Firefox. After that, reset the browser.

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 MapsFrontier and click Remove.Remove extensions from 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

In case MapsFrontier 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 MapsFrontier removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall MapsFrontier from Google Chrome

To get rid of this PUP from Chrome, delete MapsFrontier Offers, MapsFrontier Advertising and similar extensions from web browser.

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 MapsFrontier 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the MapsFrontier-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 MapsFrontier removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase MapsFrontier from Safari

To fix Safari, follow these steps to clean adware-related components:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to MapsFrontier 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

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Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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