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Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar (Easy Removal Guide) - updated May 2019

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Maps Galaxy – an infamous PUP capable of altering system settings

MapsGalaxy PUP

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 Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 homepageMapsGalaxy 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.

MapsGalaxy toolbar illustrationIn this image you can see MapsGalaxy Toolbar download page installation screen. The product developers will try to create an impression of a trustworthy software.

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 PUPThe 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:

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.

To remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar (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.

Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Mac OS X system

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

Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

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

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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar-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

Erase MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar removal.Reset Firefox 2

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.

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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar-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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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 MapsGalaxy Toolbar 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

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.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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