This article will teach you how to remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. More and more people tend to encounter this virus and want to know how to protect themselves from it and/or how to effectively and quickly uninstall it.
So, let’s imagine that you have gotten MapsGalaxy Toolbar and are trying to figure out if this is a malware, right? In reality what you actually have is a version of a virus that also has some parts typical for a Browser Hijacker. It will send you a fake error message about a phony complication and it will persistently ask you to call a fraudulent phone number, which will cost you hundreds of dollars to remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar they have created themselves. It is best to avoid this ridiculous ad and its fake threats, as it is only there to rise fear and make you form fast and uninformed decisions caused by stress in order to do what the hackers want you to do.
The virus really does nothing, but to irritate you with its pop-up ads like the rest of the viruses of this kind. The NOTE here is that it tends to be more active! People tend to trust other people more when communicating personally, either via phone or face-to-face. Today things are more digital and computerized, but this should not scare us. As you continue to read the article you will understand why.
What is dangerous about MapsGalaxy Toolbar?
Malwares like MapsGalaxy Toolbar are known to collect and misuse your personal and/or work related data. It is capable of storing your internet browsing habits and search inquiries. It is also created to keep passwords, credit card information, personal data in their own encrypted files. A great illustration of saved personal information are the pre-filled blanks you use to send job applications, online shopping, admissions request, etc. The best you could do in this case is to use the advanced settings on your browser and un-check the box for auto-fill forms. This will give you an excellent protection and will help you to familiarize yourself with the removal guide, which is located at the bottom of this page and this will help you for future interactions with the virus.
The malware will also cause your system to become lethargic. Hackers are very intelligent and have thought of that too, and have invented “software” that should (ideally) help you solve this problem, but in fact they aim through it to only make it worse, and they are pretty good in achieving their goals. Be alert! We strongly recommend that whenever you download a new software, to do so from the original website, aka, from the manufacturer himself. Anything even a bit of untruthful looking you should remove as soon as possible!
How was MapsGalaxy Toolbar installed on your computer?
This is a question worth millions of dollars, isn’t it? One possibility is through infected file that has been downloaded from an online storage. This includes: email attachments, bad downloadable programs and/or files (as mentioned above), etc. Using any of these without a tested anti-virus program to scan them is like looking for a certain thing/object when it is actually right in your face. Another way MapsGalaxy Toolbar infected your computer is through “bundled software”. It is a real term, but yet not too well known to most users. Let us explain!
It is frequent to end up downloading more than one program at the time of download. When you are downloading program 1, the one you want and need, along with it you get programs 2,3,4, etc. without knowing it. However, these additional downloads are dangerous. This happens more often than not when you’re using a free services and the default functions. Therefore, we suggest to always use the advanced settings. By building this habit you will constantly have the knowledge and be in control over what is being installed. Best thing to do is to deny installation to anything you don’t need or find suspicious.
|Symptoms||slowness, glitches, browser redirecting|
|Distribution Method||infected e-mails, spams, pop-up ads|
MapsGalaxy Toolbar Removal (Uninstall Guide)
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – MapsGalaxy Toolbar may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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) as well.
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
A BIG WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part, so be extremely careful. If you make a big mistake, it can damage your system significantly. Accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to MapsGalaxy Toolbar. If you do not feel you can do this, download a professional remover.
Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random