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MapsGalaxy Toolbar. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Maps Galaxy – an infamous PUP capable of altering system settings

MapsGalaxy Toolbar
MapsGalaxy Toolbar is a suspicious application that may appear on users' toolbars out of nowhere

Questions about MapsGalaxy Toolbar

Maps Galaxy is a questionable browser extension that allegedly helps users get around with the help of maps, directions, street views, etc. Nevertheless, the app can infiltrate the system without your approval and soon after that initiate suspicious activity related to redirects to sponsored websites, intrusive advertisements, and slow downs on each of web browsers. MapsGalaxy is set to control victim's search results, alter the homepage, the default search engine and similar system settings. The program was created by Mindspark Interactive Network, a New-York-based developer, which is also responsible for TaxCenterNowMy Forms Finder, and GetPoliticalNews browser hijackers.

Summary
Name MapsGalaxy Toolbar
Main page www.maps-galaxy.com; www.mapsgalaxy(dot)com
Type Browser hijacker, PUP
Developer Mindspark Interactive Network
Compatible browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.
Distribution Software bundling, official website
Symptoms Altered homepage and new tab, not genuine search results, intrusive ads, etc.
Elimination Download and install Reimage for quick removal. Alternatively, use our manual instructions

Interestingly, according to the statistics, not many PC users make use of the mentioned features. In fact, over half of the people who installed the software do not recommend it for others and suggest to get rid of it right away. Due to the questionable distribution tactics – sudden appearance on the computer – users tend to call the extension “Maps Galaxy virus.” And there are a few reasons why you should remove this extension from the system. 

First of all, it has been reported that this potentially unwanted program may install related extensions or browser helper objects, such as SoccerInferno, Search-Results Toolbar, YourVideoChat on Internet Explorer without overtly asking for user's permission. The information about the HBOs and additional software is nowhere to be found in the program's EULA or Privacy Policy, so users have virtually no idea what is Maps Galaxy really up until it lands on their computers.

MapsGalaxy homepage
MapsGalaxy changed default homepage to MyWay one

Also, it may alter system settings by embedding 39SrcAs.dll in the browser and using it as a search hook which then redirects to unknown URLs. Different antivirus software detect this file as Win32:Mindspark-A [PUP], Zango, Adware.Win32.Mindspark.81, Adware/WebSearch, etc.

Maps Galaxy also replaces user's current homepage to home.mywebsearch.com (which is an equivalent to Myway search) and the default search engine to mywebsearch. This search engine is known to be displaying a lot of sponsored search results though is not malicious itself. Beware that you may also notice that your new tab page and browser window may also be altered by application.

To protect yourself, make sure you stay away from such browser extensions. Tips to prevent them will be provided further in this article. To removeThe information about the HBOs and additional software is nowhere to be found in the program's EULA or Privacy Policy, so the user has virtually no idea what is the app really up until it lands on their computers. To save your time, we really recommend taking care of Maps Galaxy removal.

MapsGalaxy is also collecting NPII about its users

No matter how harmless the main website looks, it may be used for tracking PC users. We can prove this statement with these lines from MapsGalaxy's Terms of Use document:

We may collect information from you that may identify you, such as your name, address, email address, and telephone number and anonymous Information, such as the number of your page views, link clicks, and login times.

We may use information that we collect about you to […] Enable us and our search and advertising partners to develop and display content and advertising tailored to your interests when you use the MS Services, other websites and services, or mobile applications.

As you can see, this data can be used for targeted advertising and similar things, so you should keep it private. There is no guarantee that you will be redirected to safe web sources, “For example, if you click on an advertisement, you may be taken to a website that we do not control,” say the developers of this application. There is no doubt that using this program MIGHT lead you to suspicious web sources, so why take the risk? Even the developers of it agree with that:

MS Products are exposed to various security issues, and should be regarded as unsecure.

Learn how PUPs spread and avoid them

You can install this toolbar on your computer from the official developer's websites maps-galaxy.com or mapsgalaxy.com. However, we don't recommend doing so because you may run into previously mentioned problems. Besides, you may notice that you are dealing with this issue without installing this app because it seems that not only its official website promotes it.

It MIGHT be that Maps Galaxy is capable of entering your computer together with other software as a “recommended download.” However, it is considered to be a legitimate distribution technique. Many computer users end up with additional applications on their computer because they tend not to follow the installation process carefully.

Keep in mind that you should always read program's Terms of Use form and remember that you can refuse to install suggested apps via Advanced/Custom installation settings. Simply deselect these suggestions to receive “recommended downloads,” and that's it!

MapsGalaxy Toolbar PUP
The application authors try to do everything to prevent its elimination from the computer

You can easily get rid of Maps Galaxy Toolbar

“How to remove Maps from Windows 10?” This question bothers a lot of users. Luckily, security experts always have a solution at hand. As we have already mentioned, you can remove MapsGalaxy and its components or related programs easily if you use trusted security tools for this purpose. We also recommend eliminating YourVideoChat, SoccerInferno, Search-Results and other PUPs that you cannot remember installing.

In case the antivirus tool fails to detect the unwanted program, don't lose hope — you still can perform MapsGalaxy removal manually. Below we provide more detailed instructions what specific files to looks for and how to restore your system after the elimination.

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To remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar, follow these steps:

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Uninstall MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Windows systems

In order to uninstall MapsGalaxy from your PC manually, you must make sure you eliminate all the malicious files the toolbar drags along with itself on your computer. Be sure you don't miss the following files: 39bar.dll, 39SrcAs.dll, 39SrchMn.exe, 39medint.exe, 39barsvc.exe, 39brmon.exe, 39brmon64.exe, APPINTEGRATOR.EXE and AppIntegrator64.exe. These have been indicated as malicious by no less than 8 different security software.

  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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

To fix IE, get rid of these extensions: SoccerInferno, Search-Results Toolbar, YourVideoChat:

  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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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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Get rid of MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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, MapsGalaxy Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Google Chrome

Don't forget to reset Google Chrome! Before performing the reset, delete any unfamiliar extensions, add-ons or browser helper objects.

  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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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