MapsWorld Adware

Also Known As: Ads by MapsWorld
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

MapsWorld removal instructions

What is MapsWorld?

Developed by Future Date Technology, the MapsWorld application supposedly allows users to search online for travel directions - "MapsWorld is the BEST directions and maps utility available on the web. After downloading (which only takes a few seconds), MapsWorld is available online for convenient reference. Use it to find accurate street maps, local traffic conditions, aerial and satellite street views and more". Some users may believe that MapsWorld is legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After stealth infiltration of the system and Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox), MapsWorld displays intrusive advertisements and collects various user/system data.

MapsWorld adware

MapsWorld generates pop-up, pop-under, in-text, and other similar advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ a virtual layer, which enables placement of any graphical content on users' visited websites. Advertisements generated by this adware do not originate from the visited websites and conceal underlying content, which significantly diminishes the Internet browsing quality. Most lead to various e-commerce websites, however, users might also be redirected to malicious sites containing infectious content - clicking them is risky and can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, MapsWorld gathers various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity including (but not limited to) Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, operating system, list of installed apps, Internet browser and browsing details (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, history), language settings, and geographic location. Some of this data might contain personally identifiable details, which is later shared with third parties. Thus, having MapsWorld adware installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues. If you are concerned with your privacy and Internet browsing safety, uninstall this PUP immediately.

MapsWorld is similar to Teras Games, Zombie Alert, Plants Vs Zombies, and tens of other adware-type apps. All claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience by enabling useful features, however, none provide any real value for users. These applications simply generate intrusive online advertisements (via the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model) and collect personal data (which is later sold to third party companies). The purpose of adware-type apps is solely to generate revenue for the developers.

How did MapsWorld install on my computer?

This app is often distributed as a 'bundle' with other (mostly free) applications. This so-called 'bundling' method is stealth installation of third party programs with regular software/apps. Research shows that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software - they often skip most/all steps. For this reason, developers conceal rogue applications within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By rushing download and installation, users commonly install rogue applications such as MapsWorld. This behavior can result in high-risk computer infections or even identity theft.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Installation of adware-type applications can be prevented by closely observing the download and installation processes. Select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - many applications are hidden within this section, and by skipping it, you will not be able to decline any PUPs. Note that adware-type apps are often distributed in groups, and therefore, you should opt-out of all third party apps.

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Quick menu:

MapsWorld adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

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

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

MapsWorld adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes MapsWorld ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove MapsWorld adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, MapsWorld did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing MapsWorld ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing MapsWorld ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by mapsworld, 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing MapsWorld  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing MapsWorld ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by mapsworld, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing MapsWorld ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing MapsWorld ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by mapsworld removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by mapsworld, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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