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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Hijacks homepage

MapsEasy Toolbar

MapsEasy Toolbar is a new questionable invention from AVSoftware, Ltd., a company that is also responsible for a number of other unreliable SafeSearch toolbars. This bad toolbar offers you one-click access to maps, directions, traffic information as well as a search engine; however, we have found that this toolbar and the content it provides may be unreliable and potentially harmful to your virtual security. Since this application may be distributed in freeware bundles, there is a good chance that there are other security threat sources on your computer as well. Therefore, you should not hesitate to act because time is of the essence here. We believe that you should remove MapsEasy Toolbar and all other threats as well if you want to use your computer safely. If you want to know how this bad toolbar may put your system security at risk and how you can protect your PC from similar infections, please continue reading our article.

There are two official ways to download and install this useless toolbar. One is obviously its own promotional website at mapseasy.net, which is a very simple webpage. Another one is the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mapseasy/dhbfhdlbkkndcdocnoejneopgjkkodnf. From the statistics you can see that only 1100 users have installed this tool through the store, which is rather low and suspicious. If you want to find out about the why, we recommend that you run a quick web search before installing this bad toolbar. You can either try to Google its name or its unique Chrome ID (dhbfhdlbkkndcdocnoejneopgjkkodnf), which you can retrieve from the web store URL or through the Google Chrome browser settings if the Developer mode checkbox is ticked. Your search results will most likely contain a number of links to articles that explain how and why you should remove MapsEasy Toolbar. We hope that you see now why it is important to double-check every free application and tool before downloading if you want to protect your PC.

As a matter of fact, we have experienced that Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers do not even let you install this toolbar unless you force it. That also makes this tool quite questionable. But we do not even believe that many users would end up on this webpage anyway. It is more likely to let this useless toolbar on board through free software bundles. You should know that there are two types of software bundles: legitimate and infected. Unfortunately, the latter type is used by crooks to smuggle several malware infections onto computers in one go. In order to make sure that users install the whole content of the package, these installers may be quite misleading. If you have visited shady file-sharing websites lately and you clicked on advertisements or button-looking third-party content, there is a good chance that you have infected your computer with a malicious bundle. In this case, we suggest that you scan your system with a reliable online malware scanner right after you delete MapsEasy Toolbar. Leaving any suspicious programs on board would be a mistake if you care about your virtual safety.

This bad toolbar seems to hijack your home page in Internet Explorer and changes your default search engine and new tab page to a modified safesearch.net search page in all major browsers. This application provides you with easy access to online maps, directions, local traffic, and weather-related third-party websites from a fake toolbar. Furthermore, you also get a search tool and even more thumbnail buttons that are supposed to lead to popular websites, including Facebook, Yahoo, and eBay. Unfortunately, clicking on any content this bad toolbar offers may be risky. It is possible that MapsEasy Toolbar can inject third-party ads in the websites it offers. These ads could be potentially unreliable. The same is true for its promoted search engine. You should not trust it; in fact, you should not even use it for searching the web. As a matter of fact, you may find yourself on unsafe websites if you click on the search results. We have found that this search tool may modify the results and display you a manipulated Bing results page. You may consider Bing as a reputable search engine; however, you should not take the results for granted when you end up there through this bad toolbar or its promoted search page. If you click on unreliable content, there is always a risk that you may end up on a malicious website. Therefore, we advise you to remove MapsEasy Toolbar as soon as possible.

It seems that the uninstaller of this tool only gets rid of the Internet Explorer browser extension. That is why you need to manually take care of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. However, if you installed this tool officially, there is a chance that you do not even have an uninstaller. In this case, you need to reset all your browsers to make sure that all changes are undone. Please follow our instructions if you are not sure how to do this. Also, do not forget about the other potential threats that may be hiding on your computer. If you do not want to go after each and every one of them one by one, we recommend that you use a reliable malware removal tool that will also protect your computer from future attacks.

Remove MapsEasy Toolbar from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the application and press Remove.

Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Press the Windows button in the bottom-left corner and open Control Panel.
  2. Pick Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the application and press Uninstall.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10

  1. Press Win+I and select Control Panel.
  2. Choose Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the application and press Uninstall.

How to reset your browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Reset settings.
  4. Press Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and open Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Refresh Firefox.
  3. In the confirmation window, click Refresh Firefox.
  4. Click Finish.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and choose Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab and click Reset.
  3. Select the Delete personal settings checkbox.
  4. Click Reset and click Close.
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