Toolbars developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. are usually presented to users as beneficial software. MyTransitMapper Toolbar, which is the newest product released by this company, has been described as a useful application too. It promises to grant easy access to bus and train schedules, transit maps, and even make it extremely easy to plan routes. Since it is advertised as useful software, it is not surprising that it is quite popular among users. They usually download and install it from its official website http://www.mytransitmapper.com/index.jhtml. Of course, we are not trying to say here that downloading this application from its official website is the only way to get it. No matter where users get MyTransitMapper Toolbar from, it does not change the fact that it is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It has joined the group of potentially unwanted software not without reason – our specialists have made several disturbing findings that helped to choose the suitable category for this toolbar.
First of all, it turns out quickly after the installation of MyTransitMapper Toolbar that it is not as beneficial as it claims to be. It does only one thing – sets a page with quick-access buttons on the bar at the top. They all lead straight to third-party pages, for instance, eurail.com, raileurope.com, and urbanrail.net. Needless to say, these pages can be easily opened even if MyTransitMapper Toolbar is not installed on the computer, so its usefulness is a debatable topic. Although many users get disappointed with this program, a label “potentially unwanted program” has been attached to it not because of that. It has fallen into this category because it sets a new homepage and a New Tab page thus making the pages users like gone. This page contains those quick-access buttons and a search box of search.myway.com. Users see this page with the MyWay search engine each time they launch their browsers, so many of them start using search.myway.com as a default search tool. Specialists recommend being very careful with it because it, as research has shown, might display the modified search results. They are shown to users expecting that they would click on them and visit third-party pages they promote. There is probably no need to say that it might take longer to find the information on the web because of their presence. On top of that, theoretically, these modified search results might also redirect users to bad pages. Of course, you might be one of those lucky ones who do not experience any problems related to the presence of MyTransitMapper Toolbar and usage of the search engine it promotes.
Some users willingly download MyTransitMapper Toolbar from its official source and install it on their PCs expecting it to be a useful program for people who travel a lot; however, without a doubt, not all the users are glad to see it on their systems. Actually, some of them do not even know why they have this piece of software installed on their PCs, which suggests that it might be spread using those alternative distribution strategies, e.g. bundling. Researchers who have thoroughly tested MyTransitMapper Toolbar say that it not only travels in software bundles, but might also be installed on the computer directly when a user clicks on a pop-up advertisement promoting it. Specifically speaking, it might be advertised by these “click-to-install”-type ads too. Potentially unwanted applications are surely far from malicious software, but they might still be quite hard to avoid, especially if we talk about inexperienced computer users, so, according to security specialists, a reputable antimalware tool must be installed on all computers whose owners surf the Internet every day.
MyTransitMapper Toolbar is not harmful malware, so its deletion should not be that complicated. If you are an Internet Explorer user, you need to delete this program just like any other ordinary program, i.e. through Control Panel. Unfortunately, you could not do that if you use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome because the only way to remove MyTransitMapper Toolbar from these two browsers is to delete extensions it has installed. Let our instructions guide you if you do not know where to start the removal process or save some time by deleting this potentially unwanted program automatically from your system.