MapBeast is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that falls under the category of browser hijackers. It changes the new tab, search engine by default and start page of your installed web browsers such as Google Chrome, MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer. When this browser hijacker is installed, it’ll modify the web-browser’s settings so that they automatically being redirected to the MapBeast as your startpage and use it for World Wide Web searches. So, every time, when your web-browser opens, it will display the MapBeast website. Furthermore, when you try to search through affected browser, it’ll reroute your queries first to MapBeast, and then on to Bing or Yahoo or Google Custom Search.
The MapBeast browser hijacker takes over your browser’s default search engine and controls what will be displayed to you whenever you do a searching. Other than the search results, it also provides lots of intrusive ads on the search page. Some of these ads designed to force you into buying some questionable products and programs. Moreover, sometimes, those ads could redirect you to misleading or harmful pages.
And finally, the MapBeast hijacker can collect lots of marketing-type data about you such as what pages you are opening, what you’re looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, can be transferred to third parties.
So, if you happen to encounter intrusive MapBeast , then be quick and take effort to remove hijacker responsible for redirects to MapBeast as quickly as possible. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to delete MapBeast redirect. Let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
How to remove MapBeast from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
Without a doubt, the browser hijacker is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this malicious software. To remove this browser hijacker infection, you can use the manual removal guidance which are given below or free malware removal tool such as Zemana AntiMalware, MalwareBytes Anti Malware or Hitman Pro (all are free). We suggest you use automatic removal way which will help you to remove MapBeast easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in personal computer or in the case where hijacker infection is not removed automatically. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your internet browser or restart your personal computer.
To remove MapBeast, complete the following steps:
- How to delete MapBeast search without any software
- How to automatically get rid of MapBeast browser hijacker
- Run AdBlocker to block MapBeast and stay safe online
- How did MapBeast browser hijacker infection get on your PC
- To sum up
How to delete MapBeast search without any software
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove MapBeast homepage from the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Edge.
Remove potentially unwanted apps using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
In order to delete PUPs like this browser hijacker, open the MS Windows Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program”. Check the list of installed programs. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are adware, hijacker or potentially unwanted programs. If yes, delete them off. Even if they are just a apps which you do not use, then deleting them off will increase your computer start up time and speed dramatically.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, press Windows button , then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed in the following example.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as on the image below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your computer. Most likely, one of them is the browser hijacker that alters browser settings to replace your new tab page, home page and search engine by default with MapBeast web-page. If you have many software installed, you can help simplify the search of harmful applications by sort the list by date of installation. Once you’ve found a questionable, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click ‘Start’ button and select ‘Control Panel’ at right panel as displayed in the following example.
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as displayed on the image below.
You will see a list of apps installed on your computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the apps that were installed last. Most probably, it is the browser hijacker infection that causes browsers to open undesired MapBeast site. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. After the program which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as displayed below.
Get rid of MapBeast start page from Mozilla Firefox
Resetting your Mozilla Firefox is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser program, including the redirect to MapBeast website. It’ll keep your personal information like browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
First, launch the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, click the Help button () as on the image below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker infection that designed to redirect your web-browser to the MapBeast web-page. Once, it’s done, click the “Finish” button.
Get rid of MapBeast redirect from Internet Explorer
If you find that Internet Explorer browser settings such as search provider, new tab page and homepage had been hijacked, then you may return your settings, via the reset browser procedure.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as on the image below.
After the task is finished, press “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s home page, newtab and default search provider to default state.
Remove MapBeast from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings will remove MapBeast from search engine, new tab page and startpage and disable harmful extensions. It will also clear cached and temporary data (cookies, site data and content). However, your saved bookmarks and passwords will not be lost. This will not affect your history, passwords, bookmarks, and other saved data.
- First start the Google Chrome and press Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed addons. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is finished, your browser’s home page, new tab page and default search provider will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
How to automatically get rid of MapBeast browser hijacker
There are not many good free antimalware programs with high detection ratio. The effectiveness of malware removal utilities depends on various factors, mostly on how often their virus/malware signatures DB are updated in order to effectively detect modern malware, ad supported software, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs. We suggest to use several programs, not just one. These programs that listed below will allow you remove all components of the browser hijacker from your disk and Windows registry and thereby remove MapBeast startpage.
Scan and clean your personal computer of MapBeast with Zemana Free
Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) is extremely fast and ultra light weight malware removal tool. It will allow you remove MapBeast browser hijacker, ad-supported software, potentially unwanted software and other malicious software. This program gives real-time protection which never slow down your computer. Zemana Free is made for experienced and beginner computer users. The interface of this tool is very easy to use, simple and minimalist.
- Download Zemana Anti Malware on your Microsoft Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
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- When downloading is complete, close all applications and windows on your PC. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is finished, press the “Scan” button to begin checking your computer for the browser hijacker which cause MapBeast webpage to appear. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your system and the speed of your machine. While the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) utility is checking, you may see count of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
- After the scan is done, Zemana will open a list of detected items. Once you’ve selected what you wish to remove from your machine click “Next”. After finished, you can be prompted to restart your computer.
Delete MapBeast hijacker and malicious extensions with Hitman Pro
HitmanPro is a free tool that can search for browser hijacker responsible for MapBeast . It’s not always easy to locate all the undesired apps that your machine might have picked up on the Internet. Hitman Pro will scan for the ad-supported software, browser hijackers and other malicious software you need to erase.
HitmanPro can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
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Update: June 28, 2018
When the downloading process is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the HitmanPro desktop icon. After the tool is launched, you will see a screen as displayed in the figure below.
Further, click “Next” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker infection responsible for redirecting user searches to MapBeast. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your system and the speed of your machine. Once the system scan is done, HitmanPro will open a screen that contains a list of malware that has been detected as shown in the following example.
All detected items will be marked. You can remove them all by simply press “Next” button. It will display a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button.
Use Malwarebytes to remove MapBeast search
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to search for and get rid of MapBeast homepage from your personal computer. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the computer.
Click the following link to download MalwareBytes. Save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
After downloading is done, close all programs and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown in the following example.
When the installation begins, you’ll see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your system.
Once installation is done, you will see window as shown below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker that causes internet browsers to open annoying MapBeast webpage. This process can take some time, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes Free is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malware.
Once the scan get finished, MalwareBytes Free will produce a list of undesired programs adware. Next, you need to click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now delete hijacker that responsible for browser redirect to the annoying MapBeast web site. After the task is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your computer.
The following video explains steps on how to delete browser hijacker, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Run AdBlocker to block MapBeast and stay safe online
If you surf the Internet, you cannot avoid malicious advertising. But you can protect your web browser against it. Download and run an ad-blocking application. AdGuard is an ad blocking which can filter out lots of of the malvertising, stoping dynamic scripts from loading malicious content.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
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Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When downloading is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is finished, you will see a window as displayed on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that 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 run your system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop advertisements, sites like MapBeast, as well as other harmful or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
How did MapBeast browser hijacker infection get on your PC
To sum up
Now your machine should be clean of the hijacker infection that reroutes your web-browser to intrusive MapBeast web-site. We suggest that you keep Zemana Free (to periodically scan your PC for new browser hijackers and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you stop undesired pop up ads and malicious webpages). Moreover, to prevent any browser hijacker, please stay clear of unknown and third party software, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to find out PUPs.
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