MapsGalaxy Toolbar - how to remove browser redirects to home.mywebsearch.com?
MapsGalaxy is a browser toolbar which promises it's users to enhance their 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. While some Internet users can find this toolbar useful it can be categorized as being adware - when computer users installs this browser add-on it will alter ones Internet browsers settings and will cause redirects to home.mywebsearch.com Notice that mywebsearch.com website is owned by Mindspark and all of the toolbars that are developed by this company uses deceptive strategy to promote the mentioned website. Mywebsearch.com is a website which uses a customized Google search engine - while the search results are legitimate there is not reason to use this website for your daily Internet searches.
The main reason of redirects to mywebsearch.com is monetization - Mindspark generates revenue if user clicks on the sponsored search results. Notice that MapsGalaxy toolbar can be downloaded from it's homepage, however it's commonly bundled with free software. If you see this toolbar in your Internet browsers but you feel that you haven't installed it yourself most probably it was installed together with some free software that you have downloaded from the Internet.
MapsGalaxy toolbar is not related to virus or malware infections however redirects caused by this browser extension makes it an unwanted application. Notice that this toolbar doesn't give any real value to Internet users, it's a collection of links to various traffic related websites put into one toolbar. If you have installed this browser toolbar yourself and you are aware of browser redirects to home.mywebsearch.com you don't need to follow this removal guide, however if you feel that MapsGalaxy was installed on your Internet browsers without your consent you can use this removal instructions and eliminate this plug-in and related redirects from your PC.
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". Look for Mindspark Interactive Network related entries: "MapsGalaxy Toolbar" select this entry and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for Mindspark Interactive Network related entries: "MapsGalaxy Toolbar" select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling MapsGalaxy Toolbar scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended anti-spyware software.
MapsGalaxy Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), 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 home.mywebsearch.com to your preferred: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove home.mywebsearch.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue having problems with redirects to home.mywebsearch.com you can reset you 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.
Remove MapsGalaxy Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable add-ons and remove "MapsGalaxy". To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove home.mywebsearch.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with redirects to home.mywebsearch.com you can reset you Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.