Remove MapsGalaxy toolbar & MyWebSearch settings

Last updated on September 28th, 2013

"MapsGalaxy Toolbar” (By MIndSpark) is a browser toolbar that enhances your web experience by displaying maps, directions or traffic conditions all in one toolbar (as the publisher claims). This toolbar is marked as hijacker because it changes your internet homepage to “” and modifies browser’s search settings and then performs browsing redirects to unknown websites. 

To remove “MapsGalaxy Toolbar&” search engine from your computer, use the steps below:

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How to remove “MapsGalaxy Toolbar&” from your computer:

Step 1. Uninstall applications installed with “MapsGalaxy Toolbar” software from your Control panel.

1. To do this, go to Start > Control Panel.

{Windows 8: Right click on the bottom left corner and select Control Panel }

{Windows XP: Start > Settings > Control Panel. }

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2. Double click to open “Add or Remove Programs” if you have Windows XP or

Programs and Features” if you have Windows 8, 7 or Vista).

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3. In the program list, find and remove/Uninstall these applications:

a. MapsGalaxy Toolbar (By Mindspark Interactive Network)


4. Restart your computer and proceed to next Step.

Step 2. Remove “MapsGalaxy Toolbar& “MyWebSearch” search settings rom your internet browser application.

Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer

How to remove “MapsGalaxy Toolbar& “MyWebSearch” search settings ( from Internet Explorer & restore IE settings.

1. Open Internet Explorer and then open “Internet Options”.

To do this from IE’s file menu, choose “Tools” > “Internet Options”.

Notice*: In the latest versions of IE press the “Gear” icon image_thumb18 on the top right.

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2. Click the “Advanced” tab.


3. Choose “Reset”.

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4. Check (to enable) the “Delete personal settings” box and choose “Reset”.

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5. After the resetting action is completed, press “Close” and then choose “OK” to exit Internet Explorer options.


6. Restart Internet Explorer and from IE’s file menu, choose “Tools” > “Manage Add-ons”.


8. Click on “Search Providers” options at the left pane, choose the “My Web Search” entry and click “Remove”.


9. Close Internet Explorer and proceed to Step 3.

Google Chrome

How to remove “MapsGalaxy Toolbar& “MyWebSearch” search settings ( from Chrome & restore chrome settings.

1. Open Google Chrome and go to chrome menu image and choose "Settings".

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2. Find the “On startup” section and choose “Set Pages”.

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3. Delete the “MyWebSearch Home Page –” homepage from startup pages by pressing the “X” symbol on the right.


4. Set your preferred startup page (e.g. and press “OK”.


5. Under “Appearance” section, check to enable the “Show Home button” option and choose “Change”.


6. Delete the “” entry from “Open this page” box.



7. Type (if you like) you preferred webpage to open when you press your “Home page” button

(e.g. or leave this field bank and press “OK”.


8. . Go to “Search” section and choose “Manage search engines”.

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8. Choose your preferred default search engine (e.g. Google search) and press “Make default”.


9. Choose the “MyWebSearch – search engine and remove it by pressing the “X” symbol at the right.

Then choose “Done” to close “Search engines” window.

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10. Choose “Extensions” from the left pane.


11. At extensions options, remove the “MapsGalaxy” extension by pressing the “recycle bin” icon on that line. When the confirmation dialog appears, click Remove.


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12. Restart Google Chrome and proceed to Step 3.

Mozilla Firefox

How to remove “MapsGalaxy Toolbar& “MyWebSearch” search settings ( from Firefox & restore firefox settings.

1. Click on “Firefox” menu button on the top left of Firefox window and go toHelp” > “Troubleshooting Information”.

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3. In “Troubleshooting Information” window, press “Reset Firefox” button to reset Firefox to its default state.

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4. Press “Reset Firefox: again.


5. After the resetting job is completed, Firefox restarts.

6. Close all Firefox windows and proceed to the next Step.

Step 3. Clean your computer from remaining malicious threats.

Download and install MalwareBytes Antimalware Free program to clean your computer from malicious threats remaining on your computer.*

*If you don’t know how to install and use “MalwareBytes Anti-Malware“, read these instructions.

Advice: To ensure your computer is clean and safe, perform a Malwarebytes Anti-Malware full scan in windows “Safe mode“.*

*To get into Windows Safe mode, press the “F8” key as your computer is booting up, before the appearance of the Windows logo. When the “Windows Advanced Options Menu” appears on your screen, use your keyboard arrows keys to move to the Safe Mode option and then press “ENTER“.

Step 4. Clean unwanted files and entries.

Use “CCleaner” program and proceed to clean your system from temporary internet files and invalid registry entries.*

*If you don’t how to install and use “CCleaner”, read these instructions.

Step 5. Restart your computer for changes to take effect and perform a full scan with your antivirus program.

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