MapsFrontier Ads Virus Removal (Oct. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove MapsFrontier Ads. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Let’s begin this informative article with the fact that browser hijackers are not harmful programs in general. MapsFrontier Ads is a great example of this software category. As a typical browser hijacker, it might integrate itself into the most famous browser apps – from Opera and Explorer to Chrome and Firefox, which you have installed on your PC. All of them could get influenced by this program, and might start behaving in a different way as they have been infected by such a hijacker:
* redirection to many  web addresses, which should be advertised;
* modifications in the way your browser apps look, related to the default search engines and homepages which are displayed;
* some rather intensive production of plenty of pop-ups and other online ads is also one of the possible consequences, which may come directly from the infection with MapsFrontier Ads.

What kind of an infection is the one provoked by MapsFrontier Ads (or any other browser hijacker)?

It is indeed true that hijackers may really infect any computer, however,  the contamination they might cause is not malicious at all. Often it is just too irritating to bear.  On the other hand, the infections, caused by malicious programs like Trojans or Ransomware versions, are really dangerous (unlike the one caused by a browser hijacker) and normally results in file encryption, screen-lock; or activities spying, data theft or other illegal things. 

If hijackers are not malicious, why may they act in such an irritating way?

The  hijackers we know about could cause much annoyance because of:
* their ability to send the victim user to web pages that are not among the ones the user has ever planned to visit;
*to change the usual browser homepage and/or search engine; as well as to invoke the generation of a really big number of various ads.

All that might happen because hijackers have been programmed to perform such annoying activities in the first place:  as of the desire of their programmers to generate bigger profits.  Normally, web developers may make more money if the hijackers they create are able to result in bigger ad campaigns (more cases of redirecting, more advertisements, more web pages/search engines and homepages being promoted).

 

MapsFrontier Ads Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. 

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If for some reason it doesn't remove parasite, go to "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> "Select Problem Type" -----> "Unremoved Parasit.e"

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove MapsFrontier Ads from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove MapsFrontier Ads from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove MapsFrontier Ads from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

How do more the majority of the hijacker contaminations occur?

Generally speaking, browser hijackers may be lurking inside nearly everything, which could be found on the web.

A number of them may be incorporated in torrents;  others may be components of  websites.  Other versions could get spread via spam or fake ads. Still, the most usual way of getting infected by MapsFrontier Ads is via downloading and incorrectly installing any free bundle from the Internet.

If you still haven’t heard about such a term, bundles are combos of a lot of various programs, bundled and spread together. Inside such a combo you may find games, apps,  Adware versions, hijackers and other types of various software.

However, bear in mind that the simple act of accessing a bundle is not the actual reason for any recorded contamination. Nonetheless, installing such a software set in an imcorrect way IS.

The paragraph after is focused on installing any software in the proper way so as to avoid possible infections with anything dangerous or even more irritating.

Performing an installation process properly:

To complete a safe installation process may be very tricky because you could simply be interested in using a given product from the to-be-installed bundle. Furthermore, you may want it as fast as possible and if this applies to you, you may end up installing all of the components of a bundle.
The necessary safe installation process will only be possible in case you go with the Customized feature of any installation wizard.

The other possible choices – Quick, Default or Automatic,  are not a good idea when it comes to your PC’s safety and health condition. Consequently, you had better always try to avoid them. 

Just the Custom manner of installing all the programs you download  really gives you the opportunity to opt out of all undesired software from a given bundle.

The process of removing any hijacker such as MapsFrontier Ads:

In case you really need to get rid of MapsFrontier Ads easily and safely, we have come up with a Guide with detailed instructions to assist you in achieving that.

SUMMARY:

Name MapsFrontier Ads
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some browser app changes including the setting of new homepages/ search engines, some possible redirection and many annoying ads.
Distribution Method The basic one is the process famous as bundling, also via spam, torrents and shareware.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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