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MapsFrontier virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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.

SUMMARY
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

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 Advertising and similar extensions 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 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 Frontier virus
Maps Frontier Offer example

Typically, Maps Frontier 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. 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 identifieble information, which sometimes mey 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 issue – data tracking

By using tracking cookies,[3] 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
Maps Frontier terms and conditions

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. 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. However, you can also get rid of this adware and its related components manually. Our team has prepared detailed guide at the end of the article.

Software bundles is 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.

Losvirus.es team[4] 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.

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.

You can remove MapsFrontier automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove MapsFrontier virus, follow these steps:

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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:

  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 MapsFrontier and related programs
    Here, look for MapsFrontier 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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Get rid of MapsFrontier 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 MapsFrontier 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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Eliminate MapsFrontier 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 MapsFrontier 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 MapsFrontier 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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Remove MapsFrontier virus 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, MapsFrontier should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete MapsFrontier from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

  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 MapsFrontier 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 MapsFrontier removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall MapsFrontier from Google Chrome

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

  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 MapsFrontier 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 MapsFrontier removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase MapsFrontier from Safari

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

  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 MapsFrontier 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 MapsFrontier removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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