It does not take long for users to realize that MapsEasy Toolbar is not as amazing as it claims to be. The first thing that users are introduced to when they install this program is the http://www.safesearch.net/ search engine. Although this search tool does not hijack Google Chrome, it modifies the startup option so that you would see the New Tab – which represents the search tool – every time you launch your browser. The situation is much more straightforward for Firefox and Internet Explorer users, who find their homepage and search provider tools hijacked. Whether you download the toolbar from mapseasy.net or chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mapseasy/dhbfhdlbkkndcdocnoejneopgjkkodnf (Chrome web store), you are not introduced to this search tool. This is the first reason for you to delete MapsEasy Toolbar from your browsers and your Windows operating system.
MapsEasy Toolbar was developed by AVSoftware Ltd., and the name of this company points to antivirus services. Of course, the toolbar has nothing to do with that, but this raises suspicion. Another thing that has raised our suspicion is the distribution of this toolbar. As we have found, it is available via official sources, but we have also found that it could hide in software bundles. Keeping in mind that legitimate programs are often employed by malicious installers to conceal other threats, this does not necessarily reveal anything about the toolbar itself. However, this reveals that other unreliable programs could be present on your operating system. Note that most malicious threats are represented as wholesome, trustworthy, and highly beneficial programs, and you might be unaware of their true nature. Due to this, the best thing you can do before you jump to the removal is examine your PC with a malware scanner.
Once installed, MapsEasy Toolbar presents links to third-party sites that can show maps, directions, and traffic conditions. Furthermore, this toolbar can help you conduct a “People Search” and check the weather forecast. Needless to say, the links provided by this toolbar are controlled by third parties, and we cannot guarantee that all of them are trustworthy. If you end up using this toolbar, which is not what we advise, you need to be cautious when interacting with the links provided. You have to be particularly careful if you browse the web using safesearch.net. This hijacker might route you to Bing, but that does not mean that the links shown to you are authentic. In fact, you might be exposed to sponsored links that we do not advise interacting with. You also have to keep in mind that as long as you keep this software installed, information about your virtual behavior will be collected by tracking cookies. The worst part is that this information can be leaked to unknown parties.
Have you analyzed the Privacy Policies associated with safesearch.net and MapsEasy Toolbar? If you have not, how can you be sure that this software is trustworthy? If you frequently download software onto your computer – or apps onto other devices, for that matter – you must familiarize yourself with the legal information. Sure, it is annoying to read through all legal statements, but this could save you from installing undesirable or even malicious programs. You should always focus on the information regarding communication with third parties and the collection and management of personal data. Only if you agree with the statements provided, should you install software. If you do not agree, look for alternative programs. If you have already installed suspicious software, we suggest deleting it as soon as possible.
If you are inexperienced, the removal of MapsEasy Toolbar might seem daunting. Although there are quite a few steps involved, we are sure that you can handle them all. You have to uninstall this program if you have found it on Internet Explorer. Now, if you have installed it onto Firefox or Chrome, you will need to eliminate extensions. When it comes to the suspicious safesearch.net, you will need to replace this hijacker on IE and Firefox browsers only. Lastly, eliminate the leftovers that might stay behind. We also suggest running a malware scanner to make sure that you do not need to remove any leftovers (if this toolbar gets updated, it might become unpredictable) or other threats. Finally, install reliable security software to keep unwanted programs away in the future.
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