Cyber threat analysts has determined that Maps Tab is a browser extention that falls under the category of browser hijackers. The so-called browser hijacker is created to manipulate your web browser’s settings like new tab page, search engine and homepage, to modify your startpage or search provider, so that the affected web-browser visits an intrusive webpage instead of your selected one. In the guidance below, we will explain all the general features of the Maps Tab browser hijacker and it’s typical behavior on the computer, as well as effective ways of removing Maps Tab from your Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Firefox.
In order to force you to use Maps Tab as often as possible this browser hijacker can change your internet browsers’ search provider. You may even find that your computer’s web browser settings are changed without your knowledge and conscious permission. The authors of this browser hijacker do so in order to generate money via Google AdSense or another third-party ad network. Thus every your click on advertisements that placed on the Maps Tab generates revenue for them.
And finally, the Maps Tab browser hijacker be able to collect your confidential information like what websites you’re opening, what you’re looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, can be used for marketing purposes.
To find out how to remove Maps Tab, we suggest to read the step-by-step guidance added to this article below. The guide was created by computer security professionals who discovered a way to get rid of the annoying Maps Tab browser hijacker out of the PC system.
How to remove Maps Tab from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
There are a simple manual tutorial below which will assist you to get rid of Maps Tab from your Windows system. The most effective solution to get rid of this browser hijacker is to perform the manual removal guidance and then run Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM), MalwareBytes Free or HitmanPro automatic tools (all are free). The manual solution will assist to weaken this browser hijacker infection and these malicious software removal tools will completely get rid of Maps Tab and restore the MS Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer settings to default.
To remove Maps Tab, use the steps below:
- Uninstall potentially unwanted apps using MS Windows Control Panel
- Remove Maps Tab from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove Maps Tab from Chrome
- Remove Maps Tab from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- How to remove Maps Tab with free software
- Use AdBlocker to stay safe online
Manual Maps Tab removal
The useful removal instructions for the Maps Tab search redirect. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Maps Tab let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Uninstall potentially unwanted apps using MS Windows Control Panel
It is of primary importance to first identify and remove all potentially unwanted programs, ad-supported software applications and browser hijacker infections through ‘Add/Remove Programs’ (Microsoft Windows XP) or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7) section of your MS Windows Control Panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown on the screen below.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as displayed below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) like below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and remove all questionable and unknown applications. We suggest to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. When you’ve found anything suspicious that may be the browser hijacker that causes browsers to display undesired Maps Tab web page or other potentially unwanted application (PUA), then select this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the questionable program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully delete it from your computer.
Remove Maps Tab from Mozilla Firefox
Resetting Mozilla Firefox web-browser will reset all the settings to their default values and will remove Maps Tab, malicious add-ons and extensions. Essential information like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed in the following example.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button as shown in the following example.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Mozilla Firefox web browser settings to their original settings.
Remove Maps Tab from Chrome
Reset Chrome will reset your home page, new tab, search engine, and other web browser settings hijacked by Maps Tab browser hijacker. All unwanted and malicious extensions will also be removed from the web-browser. However, your themes, bookmarks, history, passwords, and web form auto-fill information will not be deleted.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Select More Tools, then press Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Google Chrome main menu again, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove Maps Tab from Microsoft Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your web browser is hijacked or you have unwanted extensions or toolbars on your internet browser, which installed by a malicious software.
First, start the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your machine for the changes to take effect. It will remove Maps Tab browser hijacker infection and other web browser’s malicious extensions, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings such as homepage, search provider and newtab to default state.
How to remove Maps Tab with free software
Run malicious software removal tools to remove Maps Tab automatically. The free programs tools specially designed for browser hijacker, adware and other potentially unwanted programs removal. These utilities can remove most of browser hijacker infection from Internet Explorer, Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox. Moreover, it may remove all components of Maps Tab from Windows registry and system drives.
How to automatically remove Maps Tab with Zemana
Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) is a utility which can delete ad-supported software, PUPs, hijackers and other malicious software from your PC easily and for free. Zemana is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Microsoft Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of computer resources.
Download Zemana Anti Malware from the link below. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
After the downloading process is complete, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as displayed in the figure below.
When the setup begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana Free on your system.
Once install is finished, you will see window as displayed on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the hijacker which alters web-browser settings to replace your search engine by default, home page and newtab. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete.
Once the scan is finished, Zemana will create a list of unwanted applications ad-supported software. In order to remove all threats, simply press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will remove browser hijacker that cause a reroute to Maps Tab site and add threats to the Quarantine.
Use AdBlocker to stay safe online
Use an ad blocker tool such as AdGuard will protect you from malicious advertisements and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and stop phishing and spam websites. Additionally, adblocker programs will help you to avoid undesired pop ups and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
- Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard on your MS Windows Desktop from the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
- When the download is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the install is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted ads, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
Do not know how your internet browser has been affected by Maps Tab?
Many hijackers such as Maps Tab come from internet browser toolbars, internet browser extensions, BHOs (browser helper objects) and optional applications. In many cases, these items claim itself as applications which improve your experience on the Web by providing a fast and interactive start page or a search engine that does not track you. Remember, how to avoid the unwanted programs. Be cautious, start only reputable applications which download from reputable sources. NEVER install an unknown and suspicious application.
Now your computer should be free of the browser hijacker infection which cause a reroute to Maps Tab web page. We suggest that you keep Zemana (to periodically scan your computer for new browser hijackers and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you stop intrusive ads and malicious webpages). Moreover, to prevent any hijacker infection, please stay clear of unknown and third party apps, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to scan for potentially unwanted software.
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