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Remove OnlineMapFinder Toolbar (Free Guide) - Removal Instructions

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OnlineMapFinder Toolbar – the browser plugin that gets bundled with freeware, so gets silently distributed

Online Map Finder Online Map Finder is the potentially unwanted program that, in most cases, is downloaded without users' permission and immediately triggers changes to the homepage, search engine, new tab, and other preferences on the web browser. Some free download sites and promotional pages also can trick users into installing the useless program. Even though this is not a malicious program, there is no reason to leave it running on the machine.

In this particular case, we want to warn you about OnlineMapFinder Toolbar that is represented as a useful tool and service while it is not giving any value for the user. However, no one mentions that in exchange for any services, you will be prompted to use MyWay search engine (powered by Ask), provided with sponsored links, advertisements, asked to share browsing-related information, and so on.

Questions about OnlineMapFinder Toolbar

Thus, if you have noticed search.myway.com set as your default start page, search provider, and an OnlineMapFinder Toolbar installed on each of your web browsers, you should start worrying about unwanted activities. The particular application might not be malicious or damaging, but there are many third-party involvement issues.[1]

Name OnlineMapFinder
Type  Browser hijacker
Issues  The intruder triggers redirects and affects every online search attempt
Distribution  Freeware bundling and promotional advertisements are the most common methods used to trick people into installing such PUPs
Elimination You need to remove OnlineMapFinder from the system, so the performance can be restored to normal. Make sure to use the anti-malware tool that can find and terminate the PUP completely
Repair To restore affected functions or corrupted files, rely on PC repair tool like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or alternate system optimizer compatible with your OS

OnlineMapFinder Toolbar is closely related to advertisers, commercial content creators, other companies, and set to promote Ask search. Despite the fact that it's still deemed as a legitimate search provider, it should not be used due to the questionable search results. Thus, if you have been intrigued by bogus promises to have quick access to maps all over the globe, probably you already regret installing it.

If the virus gets installed, it may initiate various browser modifications and cause various inconveniences. First of all, it may install a toolbar on each of your web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. If you need a guide that would explain the Online Map Finder removal process, you can find the instructions below.

OnlineMapFinder virusOnline Map Finder Toolbar is the PUP that gets detected as suspicious or even malicious.

After that, it may corrupt browser settings and set customized Ask search engine (search.myway.com) as a default start page and search engine. Second of all, it may start displaying sponsored search results and deliver lots of sponsored pop-ups. Unfortunately, but OnlineMapFinder Toolbar can make you visit irrelevant websites. As noted on the official page of this toolbar:

You hereby acknowledge and agree that by using an MS Product you may be exposed to Content that may be offensive, indecent or objectionable in your community […]
MS Products are exposed to various security issues, and should be regarded as unsecure. By accepting this Agreement, you acknowledge and accept that the MS Products and any information you download or offer to share by means of an MS Product, may be exposed to unauthorized access, interception, corruption, damage or misuse, and should be regarded as insecure. You accept all responsibility for such security risks and any damage resulting therefrom.

That may be unpopular third-party online shops that are trying to increase the number of visitors and buyers. However, that may also be compromised domains that do nothing else but spreads other PUPs or even viruses. You need to remove Online Map Finder as soon as you notice unwanted activities.

OnlineMapFinder ToolbarOnlineMapFinder PUP is the browser extension that gets injected on Chrome, Firefox, Explorer behind your back.

Although Online Map Finder Toolbar add-on is not dangerous on its own, it collaborates with third parties who may display links to unsafe websites. We have analyzed the Privacy Policy that is provided on the official website. The entire Policy is written in regard to MS Products. It is stated that “MS Products are exposed to various security issues, and should be regarded as unsecure.”

Having this in mind, you should be cautious if Online Map Finder Toolbar has already entered your computer. At best, you should take needed actions and remove these suspicious tools from the system right away. For that, you need a proper anti-malware program, so the PUP that triggers all the unwanted symptoms can be terminated properly. Especially, when the tool is detected by some AV tools.[2]

PUPs spread on its own, so you might not be the one that installed the Toolbar

This toolbar is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It does not spread like a virus, malware, spyware, or other severe cyber threat. It can be downloaded from the official website as an individual application or installed from a file-sharing website as a component of a freeware bundle.[3] People often fall for allegations and claims, so the tool gets installed on purpose.

Anyway, it replaces the web browser's settings and starts initiating marketing campaigns immediately after infiltration. If you want to protect your computer from such infections, you have to install free software more attentively, i.e. select Advanced or Custom installation, detect 'optional components', and deselect each of them.

Ways to get rid of OnlineMapFinder Toolbar virus 

You can either install a reliable anti-malware that would check your system thoroughly or rely on yourself and check the system manually. If you need a guide that would explain how to remove OnlineMapFinder Toolbar manually, you can find it down below.

However, there are other more reliable methods for OnlineMapFinder removal. Anti-malware tools are the ones that should be used in this case because there are other PUPs that run in the background and trigger issues with your device, the initial drop of the Toolbar, and other apps, browser-based material.

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To remove OnlineMapFinder Toolbar, follow these steps:

Get rid of OnlineMapFinder Toolbar from Windows systems

  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 OnlineMapFinder Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for OnlineMapFinder 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'
  5. Remove OnlineMapFinder Toolbar from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Remove OnlineMapFinder 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 OnlineMapFinder 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'

Uninstall OnlineMapFinder Toolbar 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 OnlineMapFinder 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 OnlineMapFinder Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate OnlineMapFinder 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, OnlineMapFinder Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete OnlineMapFinder 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 OnlineMapFinder 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete OnlineMapFinder Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase OnlineMapFinder Toolbar from Google Chrome

  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 OnlineMapFinder 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete OnlineMapFinder Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of OnlineMapFinder 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 OnlineMapFinder 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by OnlineMapFinder Toolbar, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 OnlineMapFinder Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. Pauline says:
    October 28th, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Useless! It hasnt open none of the maps that I needed. Besides, its true that it OnlineMapFinder Toolbar virus promotes Ask search.

  2. Mark4 says:
    October 29th, 2015 at 4:57 am

    OnlineMapFinder Toolbar promotes ask, nothing else. I hate this search engine and will do my best not to fall for getting into the maze of Mindspark.

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