Q. How can I get rid of unwanted Mapsassist.com popup advertisements on my browsers? This picture below is one of them. Does anyone else have this issue? What can I do to rectify this? I’m operating on Windows 10 if that helps for solving this problem.
A. You probably downloaded and installed an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) or PUP (potentially unwanted program) that makes that happen. Adware – What Is It? Adware is a type of malicious applications. It does not delete files or infect them, but can display unwanted ads, alter internet browser settings, download and install harmful browser extensions. All the time, while adware software is running, your web-browser will be fill with unwanted advertisements. Most probably, adware has been installed on your system without your’s knowledge and you do not even know how and where adware has got into your PC.
Another reason why you need to remove adware is its online data-tracking activity. Adware software can have spyware and keyloggers built into the application, leading to greater damage to your PC and possible invasion of your confidential data.
|Type||adware, potentially unwanted application (PUA), popup advertisements, pop-ups, pop-up virus|
|Removal||Mapsassist.com removal guide|
How does Adware get on your PC system
Many of the free applications out there install unwanted browser toolbars, hijackers, adware software and PUPs along with them without your knowledge. One has to be attentive while installing free software in order to avoid accidentally installing additional apps. It is important that you pay attention to the EULA (End User License Agreements) and choose the Custom, Manual or Advanced setup option as it will typically disclose what optional applications will also be installed.
If you realized any of the symptoms mentioned above, we suggest you to complete few simple steps below to remove the adware and remove Mapsassist.com advertisements from your browser.
How to remove Mapsassist.com ads (removal steps)
To remove Mapsassist.com pop ups from your machine, you must remove all suspicious apps and every component that could be related to the adware software. Besides, to fix your web browser start page, newtab page and search provider by default, you should reset the infected web-browsers. As soon as you are complete with Mapsassist.com pop ups removal process, we suggest you scan your personal computer with malware removal tools listed below. It will complete the removal procedure on your computer.
To remove Mapsassist.com, execute the steps below:
- Manual Mapsassist.com advertisements removal
- Automatic Removal of Mapsassist.com pop up advertisements
- How to block Mapsassist.com
- To sum up
Manual Mapsassist.com advertisements removal
First try to remove Mapsassist.com popup ads manually; to do this, follow the steps below. Of course, manual adware software removal requires more time and may not be suitable for those who are poorly versed in computer settings. In this case, we suggest that you scroll down to the section that describes how to remove Mapsassist.com pop-up ads using free tools.
Uninstall dubious software using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
The main cause of Mapsassist.com pop-up ads could be potentially unwanted apps, adware or other undesired programs that you may have accidentally installed on the PC system. You need to find and delete all suspicious applications.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter like below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as 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’ (Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista) like the one below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and remove all questionable and unknown apps. We suggest to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. Once you’ve found anything dubious that may be the adware software responsible for Mapsassist.com pop-ups or other potentially unwanted application (PUA), then select this application and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the questionable application blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your system.
Delete Mapsassist.com pop-ups from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your web browser is hijacked or you have unwanted add-ons or toolbars on your internet browser, which installed by an malicious software.
First, run the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The IE will display 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 computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove adware related to the Mapsassist.com advertisements, disable malicious and ad-supported internet browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as start page, newtab page and search provider to default state.
Remove Mapsassist.com popup ads from Google Chrome
In this step we are going to show you how to reset Google Chrome settings. PUPs like the adware can make changes to your browser settings, add toolbars and undesired extensions. By resetting Google Chrome settings you will delete Mapsassist.com pop-ups and reset unwanted changes caused by adware. It’ll save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, auto-fill data and open tabs.
First open the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Google Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed plugins. If the list has the extension signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option called “Settings”.
The internet browser will show the settings screen. Another method to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, like the one below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation prompt as on the image below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web-browser will launch the process of cleaning. After it is finished, the web-browser’s settings including search engine, new tab page and home page back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your machine.
Remove Mapsassist.com from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
If your Firefox internet browser is redirected to Mapsassist.com without your permission or an unknown search engine shows results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web browser reset. It’ll save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, auto-fill data and open tabs.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown in the figure below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as shown below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your Firefox web browser settings to their original state.
Automatic Removal of Mapsassist.com pop up advertisements
The manual tutorial above is tedious to follow and can not always help to fully delete the Mapsassist.com pop-ups. Here I am telling you an automatic solution to remove this adware from your system fully. Zemana Anti-Malware, MalwareBytes Anti Malware and HitmanPro are anti-malware tools that can be used to look for and remove all kinds of malicious software including adware related to the Mapsassist.com popups.
Run Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) to get rid of Mapsassist.com advertisements
Zemana is extremely fast and ultra light weight malicious software removal utility. It will assist you get rid of Mapsassist.com pop ups, adware, potentially unwanted software and other malware. This program gives real-time protection that never slow down your machine. Zemana Free is created for experienced and beginner computer users. The interface of this utility is very easy to use, simple and minimalist.
Zemana Anti-Malware can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When the downloading process is done, start it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana will try to update itself and when this task is complete, press the “Scan” button . Zemana Free program will scan through the whole machine for the adware that causes Mapsassist.com pop-up ads in your web-browser.
When a malware, adware or PUPs are detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished. When you are ready, press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will get rid of adware software that causes Mapsassist.com ads.
Delete Mapsassist.com pop up ads and harmful extensions with HitmanPro
Hitman Pro frees your system from hijackers, PUPs, unwanted toolbars, web-browser extensions and other undesired applications like adware that causes multiple intrusive popups. The free removal utility will help you enjoy your computer to its fullest. Hitman Pro uses advanced behavioral detection technologies to scan for if there are unwanted programs in your system. You can review the scan results, and select the items you want to remove.
- Hitman Pro can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
- After the downloading process is finished, launch the HitmanPro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the HitmanPro window, click the “Next” to perform a system scan for the adware that cause pop ups. Depending on your PC, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan HitmanPro will search for threats exist on your computer.
- Once HitmanPro has finished scanning, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the scan results and then press “Next”. Now, press the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to get rid of all malicious software found.
Use MalwareBytes to remove Mapsassist.com pop ups
Manual Mapsassist.com pop-ups removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the adware may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) that are completely clean your personal computer of adware software. Moreover, the free application will help you to delete malicious software, PUPs, hijackers and toolbars that your personal computer can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Free on your Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
After the download is done, close all windows on your system. Further, launch the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up like the one below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install MalwareBytes Anti Malware on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is done successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes AntiMalware will automatically run and you may see its main window as displayed on the image below.
Next, press the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes Anti-Malware application will scan through the whole machine for the adware software responsible for Mapsassist.com popup ads. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your computer and the speed of your computer. While the utility is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
As the scanning ends, you’ll be shown the list of all detected threats on your PC system. Review the report and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will get rid of adware related to the Mapsassist.com ads and move items to the program’s quarantine. Once the procedure is finished, you can be prompted to restart your computer. We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Free to delete hijackers, adware software and other malicious software.
How to block Mapsassist.com
Using an ad blocker program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocking programs will also protect you from malicious ads and websites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to Mapsassist.com and similar web-pages.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed in the following example.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is done, you will see a window as displayed on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will assist 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 computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, block Mapsassist.com, as well as other harmful or misleading webpages. 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 can be found on your desktop.
To sum up
Now your PC system should be clean of the adware software which cause pop-ups. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted ads and unwanted harmful websites) and Zemana (to periodically scan your computer for new adwares and other malware). 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 delete Mapsassist.com popup advertisements from the Mozilla Firefox, Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, then ask for help here here.