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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a web browser hijacker that might affect Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome web browsers. According to our research, this hijacker should not corrupt your browsers without your permission; however, that does not mean that it is trustworthy. It is most likely that you will be forced to change your homepage, new tab, and default search provider when you install software associated with this hijacker. Map Beast by SaferBrowser is an extension that it is most likely to introduce you to the hijacker, and this extension is quite strange and suspicious as well. In fact, we strongly recommend deleting this extension. If you do, the chances are that you will have removed as well. We discuss this and many other hijacker-related issues in this report, and so you should keep reading.

The suspicious Map Beast extension is officially represented at, but it can also be found on the Chrome web store, as well as various file-sharing sites. Of course, it is unlikely that this extension will be promoted on its own. Instead, it might come as an additional offer to much more attractive and interesting programs. These programs could turn out to be malicious, which is why it is crucial that you inspect your operating system with a trusted malware scanner to make sure that other threats do not require removal. Although third-party software might be more attractive, Map Beast might attract you as well because it promises to help you navigate while traveling. This extension provides easy-access links to Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, Bing Maps, and Traffic sites via These links route to legitimate websites, and you should face no security problems using the services represented via them.

The search provider is the central feature of the suspicious hijacker. If you enter keywords into the search box, you will be redirected to, and, according to our research team, this can be done by redirecting you via the server first. The most unfortunate thing is that the results displayed could be modified by SaferBrowser to introduce you to sponsored links. The company might include them to promote third-party services, for which it could earn some money. Notably, information about your browsing history could be leaked to third-party advertisers, who could select offers interesting for you personally. Isn’t that great? It is not so great if these advertisers are unreliable and if they use fictitious offers just to lure you in. Also, you must keep in mind that personal information could be at risk if you keep using because this hijacker could record personally identifiable information. This is something that is stated in the Privacy Policy.

Before you delete from your operating system, you should employ a malware scanner to thoroughly inspect your computer and check if other unreliable programs are active as well. In case dangerous infections are revealed, attend to them first. If you realize that you cannot delete them yourself, you should choose to install anti-malware software that could erase all threats automatically. This software can also eliminate If you decide that you want to erase malware yourself, make sure you research the threats detected because every single one of them is unique, and you might have to perform different steps to get your operating system completely clean.

Using the guide below you can uninstall Map Beast from the Windows operating system (for Internet Explorer users) and remove it from Chrome and Firefox browsers. Hopefully, that is enough to delete from your browsers for good. If you find that the unwanted homepage and search provider modifications prevail, you might have to modify them directly on the browser. If you do not know how to do that, you can post a comment below to ask for additional instructions. If all fails, you can always use automated malware detection and removal software to ensure that your operating system is completely clean and safe to use. If you have any other concerns, use the comments section below to express them. Removal

Windows XP:

  1. Move to the Taskbar, click Start, and select Control Panel.
  2. Navigate to the Add or Remove Programs menu.
  3. Select the undesirable application and click Remove.

Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. Navigate to the Taskbar and click the Windows button.
  2. Open Control Panel and then move to Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the undesirable app and click Uninstall.

Windows 8 or Windows 10:

  1. Tap Win+R keys to launch RUN and enter Control Panel.
  2. Move to the Uninstall a program menu.
  3. Find the undesirable program, right-click it, and click Uninstall.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and tap keys Alt+F.
  2. Move to the More tools menu and click Extensions.
  3. Click the trash button next to the add-on and click Remove.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and tap keys Alt+T.
  2. Select Options and then navigate to the Extensions menu.
  3. Identify the unwanted app and click Remove next to it.
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