If you have downloaded the MapsFrontier extension, it is most likely that you did that expecting that it would help you track traffic and check road directions in an easier manner. This is not a ridiculous expectation, considering that mapsgfrontier.com – which is also the download page of the extension – represents maps, road directions, and information regarding your local traffic. Unfortunately, the add-on has nothing to do with that, and it was created only to flood users with advertisements. In fact, the word “Advertising” is attached to the official name of the suspicious extension. Needless to say, it is unlikely that users would flood themselves with ads willingly, and so we predict that this PUP (potentially unwanted program) is spread in a misleading manner. Overall, whether it has slithered in without your notice, or you installed it yourself, you might want to delete MapsFrontier Advertising. If you are not sure why this is our recommendation, you need to continue reading to find more information.
As we have already discussed, MapsFrontier has an official installer. Google Chrome users are also introduced to the extension via the Chrome app store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mapsfrontier-advertising/aaeohfpkhojgdhocdfpkdaffbehjbmmd. Unfortunately, third-party installers could spread this potentially unwanted program as well, and they could bundle it along with much more dangerous and clandestine infections. Do not make the mistake of assuming that malware does not exist just because you do not notice it. Instead, employ a legitimate anti-malware tool, and it will let you know if or not you need to remove malicious infections. Hopefully, you do not need to worry about that, and you can move all of your attention to the PUP. If you think that MapsFrontier is a harmless piece of software, you are not exactly right. Its main task is to show you advertisements, and we cannot guarantee that the company behind this extension works with reliable advertisers. That is one of the reasons to get rid of this PUP immediately.
It is likely that MapsFrontier tracks information to collect more data about you and your behavior. This is how more personalized, targeted ads could be shown. Unfortunately, this increases the chances of you interacting with the ads shown. Is this dangerous? If the advertisers using the PUP are malicious, this could be extremely dangerous. As our research team warns, there are plenty of malicious parties who exploit advertising platforms to expose users to scams. If you are not careful, you could open up security backdoors and let in dangerous malware. If this might have happened already, you have another reason to install a legitimate malware scanner. This tool can also help you inspect your operating system for intrusive tracking cookies. Most cookies are harmless, but, in some cases, they can be malicious, and so you need to keep an eye out for that as well. Overall, if malware is found, you need to delete it without any hesitation.
As you can see, the guide below is not hard to follow. Remove MapsFrontier from the browser that it is installed on. If you are using Internet Explorer, you have to uninstall the application representing the add-on. You can find all of the steps in the guide below. While eliminating this potentially unwanted program manually is not a big challenge whatsoever, other threats active on your operating system could be much more challenging. Hopefully, you can find removal guides for these other threats on our websites, but remember that you are not obligated to clean your operating system manually. In fact, the smartest move would be to install anti-malware software. Not only can it automatically delete MapsFrontier along with other undesirable and unreliable programs, but it can also keep your operating system fully protected.
Internet Explorer users need to uninstall the application via Control Panel.
Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista: