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Remove MapsVoyage (Removal Guide) - Jun 2018 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Maps Voyage – a misleading extension that shares numerous similarities with Maps Frontier virus

Maps Voyage PUP

Maps Voyage is a potentially unwanted program[1] that claims to be capable of providing traffic information. However, once it gets attached to the browser, it starts interrupting you with sponsored ads and similar content which can greatly decrease your browsing quality, especially if you are not willing to buy anything. Maps Voyage virus is still available on Google Play store, its official website Mapsvoyage.com and other third-party sites but we believe that it is a matter of time until the distribution of this adware stops. The extension strikes extreme similarities to Maps Frontier.

Summary
Name Maps Voyage
Type PUP, adware
Distribution Software bundling, official website
Symptoms Intrusive advertisements and redirects to sponsored sites
Danger Level Low. However, could potentially lead to malware infections
Elimination  You can scan your machine using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or uninstall the extension using our guide below this article

As we have mentioned, this tool claims to provide information related to traffic, transit, maps, and other features that make installation of this extension seem beneficial. However, beware that this tool can initiate unauthorized changes on each of your web browsers. Because of these changes, Maps Voyage is often called a virus.

Based on program’s presentation, this application can also initiate tracking of its users’ behavior on the Internet and collection of non-personal information. This browser add-on is using this data to make its online ads, banners, and pop-up ads appear more exciting and increase their interaction rate. Although this is not a malicious virus, Advertisements by Maps Voyage removal is a crucial procedure for the whole system, especially if you want to prevent annoying interruptions while browsing.

If you found that this program installed on your computer without your approval, be aware that this is not some malware.[2] However, it is better not to keep it on your system as its main aim is to increase revenue to its developers. Changed performance of your devices and increased number of ads are the main reasons you need to remove Maps Voyage. We suggest using anti-malware programs like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

MapsVoyage virusMaps Voyage was added to adware category as this program continuously generates intrusive ads on user's computer

This app has been actively spread with the help of bundling

Typically, browser infections like this one come bundled up with additional freeware programs that you install on your computer without paying enough attention to their installation. This one might also be downloaded straight from the website or installed unknowingly, by clicking on questionable prepositions during installation of another program.

This adware might appear on your browser in a pop-up window with the suggestion to improve your browsing experience. However, you should avoid clicking on such ads and always unmark prepositions to add unknown add-ons, plugins, and extensions to your browser.

We always suggest users choose certified and well-known software providers and do not download programs that seem suspicious. Always check what you agree with and decline offers to download suspicious, not needed apps or extensions.

To get rid of Maps Voyage, you need to reset your web browser 

This is not a harmful virus that can make big changes to your computer system. However, uninstalling this extension is not that easy as there is a bunch of components that have been spreading together with it. Any adware type program requires proper removal that can be initiated only with the help of professionals.

Security experts[3] highly recommend using anti-malware programs and tools for proper Maps Voyage removal. We have provided some recommendations below. Update these programs occasionally and run a full system scan to fix your computer now and in the future.

MapsVoyage removal can also be implemented by using steps given below the list of programs. Make sure you reset your web browsers to eliminate the side effects and remaining problems. After performing these steps, your searches and other internet activities will be safe again.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove MapsVoyage, follow these steps:

Remove MapsVoyage from Windows systems

To remove MapsVoyage 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 MapsVoyage (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.

Uninstall MapsVoyage from Mac OS X system

To eliminate MapsVoyage from Mac, follow these steps:

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

Remove MapsVoyage from Applications folder:

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

Erase MapsVoyage 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 MapsVoyage 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 MapsVoyage removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete MapsVoyage 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 MapsVoyage-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

Get rid of MapsVoyage from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You need to reset Firefox to default after full PUP elimination:

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 MapsVoyage 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 MapsVoyage 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 MapsVoyage removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate MapsVoyage from Google Chrome

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 MapsVoyage 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 MapsVoyage-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 MapsVoyage removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove MapsVoyage 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 MapsVoyage 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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