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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


If you want to look up directions and traffic information, or you simply want to analyze maps, you might be familiar with MapsFrontier. While should provide you with “accurate directions, transit routes, traffic” and other allegedly useful content, it also promotes an exceptionally suspicious extension that was created for the sole purpose of advertising. There are tons of add-ons that are used for advertising, but only a handful of them do not try to camouflage their activity. Our research team has thoroughly inspected the suspicious advertising tool, and it is strongly recommended that you delete it from your operating system. According to our research, you can remove MapsFrontier Advertising directly from Chrome and Firefox browsers, but if this suspicious, potentially unwanted program (PUP) has been installed onto Internet Explorer, you will need to uninstall an application representing it. All details about the processes are discussed in this report, along with information regarding the activity of this suspicious PUP. If you are interested, continue reading.

Even though is the official download source (along with the Chrome web store installer at, users are most likely to acquire this suspicious extension from a third-party source. We do not believe that users would acquire it from the official source because the extension does not offer beneficial services. For example, the information on the Chrome web store suggests that MapsFrontier Advertising add-on simply shows advertisements whenever you browse the web. Does that sound useful? Of course, it does not. Therefore, it is more likely that users would be tricked into letting this PUP in. Were you tricked into thinking that the add-on can provide you with maps-related content? Maybe you let this PUP in without knowing it at all? This could happen if you interact with third-party installers that might carry multiple programs bundled together. If you are overwhelmed by the programs offered to you, you might accidentally overlook undesirable ones as well. If you suspect that MapsFrontier is not the only unwanted piece of software, download a legitimate malware scanner and run a full system scan ASAP.

Once MapsFrontier is installed, it can communicate with adware servers and place advertisements depending on the sites you visit and the content you are/were browsing. To ensure that the ads shown to you are relevant and more personalized, data trackers are likely to be placed. Although the extension, supposedly cannot collect personally identifiable information, it can record other kinds of data that you might want to keep away from unreliable service providers. Unfortunately, it is hard to say what kinds of ads the suspicious MapsFrontier Advertising extension could show to you because it is unknown what kinds of companies or parties can promote their offers using it. While it is possible that harmless ads will be placed, it is also possible that malicious ones will be placed as well. The problem is that even highly misleading and harmful ads can look innocent and harmless at first. If you end up interacting with malicious links, you could jeopardize your virtual security, and so we recommend against interacting with the PUP.

You have to decide for yourself if you need to delete MapsFrontier from your browsers and your operating system, but, of course, our research team recommends that you do. This potentially unwanted program does not deserve your trust, and so you should not keep it around. After all, you cannot say that it is a beneficial tool because all it can do, literally, is showcase advertisements. Even if they are harmless, you are likely to find them annoying. And if they are malicious, you could be in danger if you choose to interact with them. If you consider all things carefully, we are sure that you will choose to remove the PUP from your operating system immediately. You can follow the guide below, but it will not guarantee complete elimination if other threats exist. In this scenario, it is advisable to employ anti-malware software to have the PUP eliminated automatically along with all other existing threats. Note that you can use the comments section below to discuss MapsFrontier further if you need that.

MapsFrontier Advertising Removal

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+F.
  2. In the More tools menu select Extensions.
  3. Find the unwanted add-on, click the recycle bin, and select Remove.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Add-ons in the Tools menu.
  3. Move to Extensions and then Remove the unwanted add-on.

Windows XP:

  1. Click the Start icon on the Taskbar and then open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Find the unwanted program, select it, and choose Remove.

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10:

  1. Simultaneously tap keys Win+R to launch the RUN dialog box.
  2. Enter Control Panel to open the menu and then go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the undesirable application and then select Uninstall.
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