MapsGalaxy Adware

Also Known As: MapsGalaxy Toolbar
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

MapsGalaxy Toolbar - how to remove browser redirects to

What is MapGalaxy?

The MapsGalaxy browser toolbar promises to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by displaying maps, traffic conditions, and directions. This browser extension is developed by Mindspark and installs on Internet Explorer and Mozilla FireFox. Whilst some Internet users find this toolbar useful, it is categorized as adware, since when installed, this browser add-on modifies Internet browser settings causing redirects to Note that the website is owned by Mindspark, a developer of toolbars, which employs deceptive strategies to promote the aforementioned website. The website uses a customized Google search engine, and while the search results are legitimate, there is no valid reason to use this website for your daily Internet searches.

The main reason for the imposition of redirects to is monetization. Mindspark generates revenue when users click on the sponsored search results. The MapsGalaxy toolbar can be downloaded from its homepage, however, it is also commonly bundled with free software. If you see this toolbar in your Internet browsers, and have not willingly installed it, there is a strong likelihood that it was installed together with free software that you downloaded from the Internet.


The MapsGalaxy toolbar is not directly related to virus or malware infections, however, redirects caused by this browser extension categorize it as an unwanted application. This toolbar adds no real value for Internet users - it is merely a collection of links to various traffic-related websites resolved into a single toolbar. If you have willingly installed this browser toolbar, and  are aware of the browser redirects to, you need take no further action. If, however, you feel that MapsGalaxy was installed on your Internet browser without your consent, use these removal instructions to eliminate this plug-in and related redirects from your PC.

Quick menu:

MapsGalaxy toolbar removal:

Windows 7 users:


Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".

Windows XP users:


Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

WIndows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

MapsGalaxy toolbar uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "MapsGalaxy toolbar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling MapsGalaxy Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

Remover for MapsGalaxy Adware

If you need assistance removing MapsGalaxy Adware, give us a call 24/7:
By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. All the products we recommend were carefully tested and approved by our technicians as being one of the most effective solutions for removing this threat.

MapsGalaxy Toolbar removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Internet Explorer:

MapsGalaxy toolbar Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Mindspark Interactive Network related entries (MapsGalaxy, Toolbar BHO, Search Assistant BHO) and disable them.

To change your homepage from to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove  and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from FireFox:

MapsGalaxy Mozilla FireFox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable add-ons and remove "MapsGalaxy".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menufirefox menu iconin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" iconfirefox help menu then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.


A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in MapsGalaxy Adware distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of MapsGalaxy Adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove MapsGalaxy Adware from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

If you have additional information on MapsGalaxy Adware or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Add comment is not responsible for the content of the comments.

Security code

About the author:

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an editor for since 2010.

Follow me on Google+ to stay informed about the latest online security threats.

Our malware removal guides are free. However, if you want to support us you can send us a donation.