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Danger level 7
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

MyTransitMapper Toolbar

Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. has developed a new product - MyTransitMapper Toolbar. Just like older toolbars released by this company, this one is also promoted as a useful application that promises to make it possible for users to access bus & train schedules, transit maps, and, finally, plan routes easily. Although it is advertised as beneficial software, a lot of users regret installing it on their PCs. Of course, we cannot say that there are no users who find it useful and let it stay. No matter which group of people you belong to, you should be aware of the fact that MyTransitMapper Toolbar has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) by experienced malware analysts. This shows that it is not fully trustworthy software and, therefore, users who have installed it willingly/found it installed on their PCs should consider removing it.

Some users find MyTransitMapper Toolbar quite beneficial, but others get disappointed with this program because it turns out that it only contains buttons which open third-party pages. To put it differently, it does not provide users with schedules, routes, and similar information itself. Instead, it promotes third-party pages which, by the way, can be easily accessed by simply typing their URLs in the address bar of any browser. All these buttons are located in the upper part of the page set by MyTransitMapper Toolbar. Yes, it sets its own page as a homepage and a New Tab URL – many users consider this a serious drawback because they no longer see their preferred URLs after its installation. This page not only contains quick-access buttons opening third-party pages. Users can also find a search box of the MyWay search engine (search.myway.com) there as well. We agree that it is quite convenient to be able to perform web searches straight from the start page; however, we still do not recommend using this search provider as the main search tool. Research has revealed that it might present users with the sponsored search results. These are search results promoting third-party pages, so do not be surprised if they redirect you to websites which do not contain any information you are looking for. Most probably, the author of MyTransitMapper Toolbar earns revenue for users’ clicks on those sponsored search results. The more users click on them, the more money it gets. It might seem that there is nothing wrong to click on these sponsored search results from time to time, but the truth is that this activity might even result in security-related problems if a sponsored search result opens a website promoting bad software. We do not say that this will necessarily happen to you, but be aware of the fact that it might be dangerous to use the search box located on the website set by MyTransitMapper Toolbar.

Theoretically, MyTransitMapper Toolbar might travel in software bundles and enter users’ PCs unnoticed. In addition, users might notice pop-up ads promoting this piece of software on P2P sites and get it by clicking on such a pop-up once. Although these alternative distribution strategies might be used to spread MyTransitMapper Toolbar, research has revealed that a number of users download this program from its official website www.mytransitmapper.com/index.jhtml willingly. They expect that it is a beneficial program for travelers, and we cannot blame them because potentially unwanted programs do not differ much from trustworthy applications the way they look. Even experienced users sometimes find it hard to recognize untrustworthy software, so it is a must to have a reputable security application enabled on the computer. It will help you to ensure the maximum protection of your system.

The steps of the manual MyTransitMapper Toolbar removal depend on the affected browser. If you use only Internet Explorer, you could delete this piece of software easily using Control Panel. Unfortunately, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome users will have to put more effort into its removal – they need to delete the extension of MyTransitMapper Toolbar. The only way to access it is to open the Add-ons Manager. If you have no idea how to do that, use our manual removal guide or use a reputable scanner to clean your system.

Delete MyTransitMapper Toolbar

Internet Explorer

Windows XP

  1. Click on the Start menu button.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select MyTransitMapper and click Remove.

Windows 7/Vista/8/8.1/10

  1. Tap Win+R.
  2. Enter Control Panel and click OK to open it.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Locate the undesirable program, select it, and then click Uninstall.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously.
  3. Open the Extensions tab.
  4. Remove the extension belonging to MyTransitMapper Toolbar.

Google Chrome

  1. Start your Google Chrome browser.
  2. Open its menu by pressing Alt+F simultaneously.
  3. Select More tools.
  4. Click Extensions.
  5. Select the unwanted extension.
  6. Click the Recycle bin icon.
  7. In the confirmation window, click Remove.
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