Are you start your favorite web-browser and do not see usual homepage, which is set earlier? The MyMapsWizard is the first thing that pop up once you run your web browser? It means that unwanted software from the browser hijacker family get installed on your system. If you get it on your PC, this malicious software can alter certain web-browser’s settings such as newtab page, home page and search provider by default. So, the MyMapsWizard may be opened when you create a new tab in your web browser, or when you try to search for any information within the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, because the browser hijacker modifies the web-browser’s search engine.
Table of contents
- What is MyMapsWizard
- How to remove MyMapsWizard
- Manual MyMapsWizard start page removal
- Scan your personal computer and delete MyMapsWizard with free utilities
- How to stop MyMapsWizard home page
- Method of MyMapsWizard browser hijacker intrusion into your computer
- Finish words
When you perform a search through MyMapsWizard, in addition to search results from Yahoo, Bing or Google Custom Search which provide links to web pages, news articles, images or videos you will also be shown tons of intrusive ads. The creators of MyMapsWizard doing this to make advertising money from these advertisements.
Although, MyMapsWizard browser hijacker is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it can impose changes to settings of installed internet browsers. Moreover, an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) can be additionally installed on to your personal computer with this browser hijacker infection, that will display a large amount of ads, or even massive full page ads that blocks surfing the Net. Often such these advertisements may recommend to install other unknown and unwanted applications or visit malicious web-pages.
The browser hijacker like MyMapsWizard often modify all web-browser shortcuts that located on your Desktop to force you visit various intrusive web sites and show unwanted popup ads. As a result, your internet browser can still redirect you to an undesired web page despite your browser is actually free of browser hijacker.
We recommend you to clean your PC of hijacker infection as soon as possible. Use the steps below which will help to remove MyMapsWizard startpage and malicious program, which can be installed onto your machine along with it.
How to remove MyMapsWizard
Without a doubt, the hijacker infection is harmful to your system. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this malware. To remove this browser hijacker, you may use the manual removal steps that are given below or free malicious software removal tool like Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (all are free). We suggest you use automatic removal method which will allow you to get rid of MyMapsWizard redirect easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where hijacker is not removed automatically. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your web-browser or restart your personal computer.
Manual MyMapsWizard start page removal
Most common hijackers may be removed without any antivirus software. The manual hijacker removal is article step-by-step guidance that will teach you how to delete the MyMapsWizard start page.
Remove MyMapsWizard related applications through the Control Panel of your computer
Some of potentially unwanted programs, adware and hijacker can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove programs utility which is located in the Microsoft Windows Control Panel. So, if you’re running any version of MS Windows and you have noticed an unwanted application, then first try to delete it through Add/Remove programs.
Press Windows button , then press Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will show the Windows Control Panel as on the image below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all software installed on your PC system. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown software.
Fix infected browsers shortcuts
After installed, this hijacker may add an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. Due to this, every time you open the browser, it will display the unwanted homepage.
To clear the web-browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text such as “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Get rid of MyMapsWizard startpage from Internet Explorer
By resetting Microsoft Internet Explorer browser you revert back your internet browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker such as MyMapsWizard.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. It will remove MyMapsWizard browser hijacker, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as homepage, new tab and default search engine to default state.
Delete MyMapsWizard search from FF
Resetting your Firefox is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your internet browser program, including the reroute to MyMapsWizard web page.
First, run the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown on the screen below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the MyMapsWizard browser hijacker. When, it is finished, press the “Finish” button.
Delete MyMapsWizard search from Chrome
If your Chrome internet browser is redirected to undesired MyMapsWizard page, it may be necessary to completely reset your internet browser application to its default settings.
- First, run the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Scan your personal computer and delete MyMapsWizard with free utilities
Run malicious software removal utilities to get rid of MyMapsWizard automatically. The freeware utilities specially developed for hijacker infection, adware and other potentially unwanted software removal. These tools can delete most of hijacker from Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge. Moreover, it can remove all components of MyMapsWizard from Windows registry and system drives.
Delete MyMapsWizard search with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest you to use the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your personal computer. Moreover, the utility will allow you to remove potentially unwanted software, malicious software, toolbars and ad-supported software that your PC may be infected too.
Download Zemana Anti Malware from the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
When the download is done, close all software and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup like below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Zemana Anti Malware on your system.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as shown below.
Now press the “Scan” button It’ll scan through the whole system for the MyMapsWizard browser hijacker infection and other security threats. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan it’ll detect all threats present on your computer.
Once the scanning is finished, a list of all threats detected is produced. Review the report and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-malware will get rid of MyMapsWizard hijacker infection and other malicious software and adware and add threats to the Quarantine.
How to automatically get rid of MyMapsWizard with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to detect and get rid of MyMapsWizard from your machine. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the personal computer.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your internet browser will display the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the download is complete, please close all programs and open windows on your system. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of Malwarebytes onto your system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Malwarebytes will launch and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole PC to find out browser hijacker that redirects your internet browser to undesired MyMapsWizard web-site. Depending on your system, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
- Once it has finished scanning your personal computer, it’ll open a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been detected.
- Review the report and then press the “Quarantine Selected” button. After the procedure is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the personal computer.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Scan and clean your computer of browser hijacker infection with AdwCleaner
The AdwCleaner utility is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove hijacker such as MyMapsWizard, malware, potentially unwanted programs and adware in FF, Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge internet browsers and thereby restore their default settings (home page, new tab page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC system.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
When downloading is done, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown on the image below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to open the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” . This will begin scanning the whole PC to find out MyMapsWizard hijacker and other security threats. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. When a malicious software, ‘ad supported’ software or potentially unwanted applications are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once the system scan is finished is complete, it’ll open a list of all threats found by this utility as on the image below.
Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will remove hijacker that causes browsers to open intrusive MyMapsWizard web-page and move items to the program’s quarantine. Once disinfection is finished, the tool may ask you to restart your computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stop MyMapsWizard home page
If you browse the Internet, you can’t avoid malvertising. But you can protect your web-browser against it. Download and use an adblocker program. AdGuard is an ad blocker which can filter out a lot of of the malicious advertising, blocking dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking application is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
Once the download is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide as shown on the image below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popup advertisements, web sites such MyMapsWizard, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which may be found on your desktop.
Method of MyMapsWizard browser hijacker intrusion into your computer
In many cases, the MyMapsWizard browser hijacker infection come bundled with the setup files from a free hosting and file sharing web sites. So, install a free software is a a good chance that you will find a bundled hijacker. If you don’t know how to avoid it, then use a simple trick. During the installation, choose the Custom or Advanced setup option. Next, press ‘Decline’ button and clear all checkboxes on offers that ask you to install additional applications. Moreover, please carefully read Term of use and User agreement before installing any software or otherwise you can end up with another unwanted program on your machine such as this hijacker infection.
Now your PC system should be clean of the MyMapsWizard redirect. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and annoying harmful web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your system for new browser hijackers, malware and ‘ad supported’ software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove MyMapsWizard redirect from the Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.