One of the most irritating things that you may experience while you are browsing the Internet is to constantly get interrupted by various pop-up ads, banners blinking boxes and page-redirect links. The reason is, nowadays everyone wants to advertise online and to prompt the web users to click on their ads and visit their websites. Luckily, most of the aggressive commercials can easily be avoided with the help of an ad-blocker or by simply avoiding the sites that tend to generate too many ads on your screen. In some instances, however, these measures may not be enough to save you from the ads and the nagging redirects because there are browser hijackers such as Mapsnow.co Pop up which can alter the starting page or the search engine service of any browser on your computer – Chrome and Firefox being the most usual targets of such hijacker software, as well as aggressively display hundreds of sponsored commercials directly on your monitor. Such annoying apps are commonly regarded as potentially unwanted and are therefore categorized as browser hijackers.
The good news is that they are not some malicious pieces of software such as Trojans, Ransomware or viruses and aren’t really trying to cause harm to the computer or to the data kept on it. The browser hijackers are mostly known for their aggressive generation of sponsored links, pay-per-click ads and intrusive redirects as well as for their ability to change the settings of the users’ browsers without any user approval. This, however, doesn’t mean that you should tolerate these apps – Mapsnow.co and other similar software can be very irritating and, in the long run, may heavily disturb your web browsing experience with hundreds of unwanted ads, aggressive pop-ups and hard-to-remove banners on the screen of your browser. That’s why, if you have such software on your system, it is better to uninstall it as soon as possible. In the next lines, we explain all the steps that need to be taken for that, so take a look at the instructions and eliminate all the related ads with their help.
Prevent exposure to security threats.
Mapsnow.co and most browser hijackers aren’t interested in messing with your system or causing any serious trouble. This, however, doesn’t mean that they are completely safe and reliable because, despite lacking the malicious features of Ransomware cryptoviruses or Trojan Horses, the hijacker apps may still initiate redirects to various random sites with questionable content. If you are not careful, Mapsnow.co may expose you to unreliable ads or misleading messages which may trick you into purchasing some low-quality products or services. In addition, these pieces of software may significantly decrease the performance of the affected browser and may cause it to crash, freeze or become unresponsive to your searches because they keep it busy with generating third-party offers and promotions. The random stream of ads may also increase the risk of landing on something hazardous such as a fake pop-up, an infected link or on an illegal website, which could be carriers of computer infections. For these reasons, we believe that it is a good idea to ensure that the browser hijacker gets safely removed and fully uninstalled from the system before it’s too late.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Various unwanted ads and third-party promotional links may get displayed on your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, torrents, ads, and software bundling are some of the most common distribution methods.|
Remove Mapsnow.co Pop up “Virus”
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Mapsnow.co software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Mapsnow.co on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Mapsnow.co in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Mapsnow.co and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Mapsnow.co in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.