Do you know what FreeMaps Toolbar is?
If you are planning a big trip, FreeMaps Toolbar might be an interesting program to you because it promises to provide tools that show maps, gas prices, and other useful information. Although we do not identify this application as malicious, it certainly is not as beneficial as you might think. On top of that, there are a few questionable things that everyone should consider before installing this program. If you keep reading this report, you will find out how to remove FreeMaps Toolbar and what could happen if you did not get rid of it. If you have questions about the activity or the removal of this program, do not hesitate to start a discussion in the comments section below.
Mindspark Interactive Network is the creator of FreeMaps Toolbar. It is also the creator of VideoConvert Toolbar, EverydayLookup Toolbar, 100sOfRecipes Toolbar, and many other toolbars alike. As you can tell by the names of these programs, they provide different services. Despite this, they all come bundled with the same search provider, Ask Search. If you do not notice this offer when installing the toolbar, you might think that you need to remove it as a browser hijacker. Your home page will be replaced with home.tb.ask.com, unless you uncheck the box provided during installation. When it comes to installation, our research team has found that download-freemaps.com/index.jhtml is the official download page. If you have downloaded FreeMaps Toolbar from a different source, it is possible that you downloaded it bundled with third-party programs, and they might require removal as well.FreeMaps Toolbar screenshot
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If you have installed FreeMaps Toolbar onto Google Chrome, you might have been informed that it can manage downloads and browser extensions, record browsing history, and change content on the sites you visit. Most users realize how dangerous this kind of activity might be, and they refuse to install this suspicious browser extension. Unfortunately, many users do not think that this is serious. The thing is that if you do not delete FreeMaps Toolbar, this program could share information about your activity to undisclosed parties and advertisers. We have also found that Ask Search is modified by FreeMaps Toolbar, and it could show sponsored links instead of useful search results.
We recommend removing FreeMaps Toolbar from your operating system. If you have acquired this program along with other unreliable programs, it is best to use an automated remover to get rid of all threats. Although FreeMaps Toolbar is not the biggest threat to your virtual security, its services are very questionable, and it could expose you to unreliable content. If you believe that you can delete unwanted programs from your operating system manually, start by completing the guide below.
Remove FreeMaps Toolbar
Remove from XP
- Move to the left of the Taskbar and click the Start icon to open a menu.
- Open the Control Panel menu and double-click Add or Remove Programs.
- Identify the undesirable program, select it, and click Remove.
Remove from Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
- Launch RUN (Win+R), enter Control Panel into the dialog box, and click OK.
- Select Uninstall a program (under Programs/Programs and Features).
- Right-click the program you want to delete and select Uninstall.
Remove from Mozilla Firefox
- Launch the browser, tap Alt+T, and select Options.
- Select General (in the menu on the left) and modify the Home Page URL.
- Select Search (in the menu on the left) and Remove the undesirable search provider.
- Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A to launch the Add-ons Manager.
- Open the Extensions menu and Remove the undesirable add-on.
Remove from Internet Explorer
- Launch the browser, tap Alt+T, and select Internet options.
- Click the General tab, change/delete the Home Page URL, and click OK.
- Tap Alt+T again and select Manage Add-ons.
- Set the preferred search provider, Remove the unwanted provider, and click Close.
Remove from Google Chrome
- Launch the browser, tap Alt+F, and select Settings.
- Move the cursor to On Startup and select Open a specific page or set of pages.
- Click Set pages and overwrite/delete the URL of the undesirable search tool. Click OK.
- Move the cursor to Appearance and select Show Home button.
- Click Change and overwrite/delete the URL of the undesirable search tool. Click OK.
- Move the cursor to Search and click Manage search engines…
- Set the preferred search provider, click X on the URL of the unwanted one, and click Done.
- Tap Alt+F again, select More tools, and click Extensions.
- Find the unwanted add-on, click the trash bin button next to it, and select Remove.
In non-techie terms:
FreeMaps Toolbar is a browser extension that you must have downloaded hoping that it will provide you with beneficial services. Although we do not say that this program cannot be beneficial, it is obvious that trusting it could be risky. The tracking cookies installed by this program could spy on you, and the search results provided to you via Ask Search could be modified to assist third-party advertisers. If you decide that you want to delete FreeMaps Toolbar from your operating system, we recommend following the manual removal guide and implementing an automated malware remover.