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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Maps Assist

Maps Assist is a Chrome browser extension that is supposed to help you find the best direction when you drive somewhere. It’s obviously a map app, and it should function just fine, but sometimes it might be added to your browser when you expect it the list. If this is what happened to you, you probably added Maps Assist accidentally. Don’t worry, your browser hasn’t been infected or anything like that. You just need to remove Maps Assist from your system and go back to your regular business. Please find the manual removal instructions at the bottom of this description.

The official website for this application can be accessed through There, you can find more information on the application and add it to your browser directly. It says that with this extension, you can “enjoy a custom web search experience that lets you do more on the Internet. You can seamlessly switch between finding directions and browsing the web, at any time.” It also has the function that allows you to switch between Google Maps and Bing Maps, so you supposedly should be able to choose between the search engines that you like. If that weren’t enough, Maps Assist might also help “get driving directions from A to B.” With that, you can “save on travel time by checking traffic updates and current road conditions before you step out.”

This all sounds really nice, but then why is Maps Assist categorized as a potentially unwanted program? That’s probably because the official websites and the Chrome Web Store are just a few of the places where users can encounter this application. It might be distributed through pop-ups and redirects, too. Therefore, if users tend to frequent websites that display random pop-ups, it is only a matter of time before they add the likes of Maps Assist to their browsers.

Is it really dangerous to have Maps Assist? No. You can sure use this application if it was your intention to add it to your Chrome browser. We’re talking here about users who had to idea what they agreed to when they clicked some random “Add to browser” button. And the thing is that the moment you click that button, you give this extension permission to modify your browser’s settings. For one, the new tab settings will be modified to accommodate the domain used by Maps Assist. Second, the extension is bound to employ tracking cookies to read your browsing history.

Normally, cookies are necessary to provide a custom experience. And if Maps Assist wants you to feel like it knows your routes and such like, it’s only natural that the extension employs all sorts of tactics to achieve that. Our concern is that the information collected by Maps Assist could be shared with unreliable third parties. Extensions often rely on third-party advertising, and they might inadvertently expose users to potentially harmful content.

Now, please note that Maps Assist DOES NOT try to expose you to anything dangerous. That’s not what the app is all about. It’s really there to provide optimal driving solutions. It’s just that the app cannot review the third-party content it may offer, and that’s where we locate a security loophole. If anyone tries to make use of it to embed and promote their own content, there’s barely anything Maps Assist could do about it. You would be responsible for your own security, even if you click something provided by Maps Assist.

If you want to continue using Maps Assist, please read the program’s Privacy Policy carefully so that you would know what the use of the app entails. Don’t interact with the content you don’t recognize.

If you want to remove Maps Assist, restore your browser settings to default, and then scan the entire system with the SpyHunter free scanner. You have to make sure that you don’t have more unwanted applications installed. You can delete all those unwanted apps (provided they’re there) with the security tool of your choice as well.

However, no security tool will ever protect you from such threats if you are not careful about the websites you visit. Take note that pages that offer free content may indulge in third-party advertising, and that’s why you have to be attentive about where you click.

How to Remove Maps Assist

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. Press Alt+F and select Settings.
  3. Press Advanced at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Press Reset settings on the confirmation box.
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