Nobody likes online ads and programs like Maps Frontier Ads “Virus” that generate them. However, unfortunately, Adware (advertisement-generating software) is a very widely spread type of programs. Recently, yet another addition to the Adware category was released under the name of Maps Frontier Ads “Virus” and more and more users are getting it installed on their PCs without actually wanting it. The reason this happens has to do with the way most Adware programs tend to get distributed throughout the Internet (more on that later).
The most unpleasant and irritating trait of Adware programs like Maps Frontier Ads “Virus” is, of course, their ability to spam one’s browser with an avalanche of obstructive and intrusive pop-ups, banners, online offers, box messages and even page redirects. Adware programs normally affect all browsers on the computer. Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera or any other browser that you might be using would more than likely start getting the nagging ads displayed on its tabs as soon as Maps Frontier Ads makes it inside your system.
Even though Adware programs like this one are not as difficult to get rid of as actual malware viruses could be, it might still require a bit more than just uninstalling the unwanted software in order to clean your PC off it. Therefore, we have made sure to give you a detailed removal guide that will help you manually remove the intrusive program from your PC. Just make sure that you read the rest of the article in order to learn more important information about Adware programs before you go to the guide.
Online advertising and the Pay-Per-Click model
Adware programs are all about online marketing and earning money through the Pay-Per-Click method. The basic concept of this model is that once a user interacts with an online ad, a small amount of money gets generated for the creator of the advertising software which has created the said ad. Of course, a single click would gain a negligible amount of income, yet on a larger scale, the profits from the Pay-Per-Click method could actually be quite sizeable. Obviously, this is the reason why Adware programs tend to generate so many ads that are so very intrusive and obstructive. It’s all about you clicking on them so that the Adware’s developer could gain income from your clicks.
Here, we must note that there are some instances of Adware-like programs that generate ads but also offer some form of useful function to the customer. In those cases, the ads are implemented so that the software’s developer could keep their product free for use and still get some profit out of it as a financial compensation. However, note that most Adware programs are not like that. The majority of applications that belong to this category are rather useless for the regular customer as most of the time their functionality is very limited or they simply do not offer any actual helpful feature.
Viruses, Adware and why you need to be careful
Maps Frontier and other Adware applications are actually not real viruses even though many people might refer to them as such. There is a significant difference between an actual malware virus such as a Trojan Horse, a Ransomware or Spyware and a program like Adware that mostly generates ads and nags you with its presence. Truth be told, the majority of Adware programs are in fact legal and not prohibited by law like the malware viruses are. Of course, this doesn’t make them any less unpleasant, yet if you have had an Adware installed on your PC, technically this wasn’t a hacker attack.
Another important difference between say Trojans and Ransomware on the one hand and Adware on the other is that a program like Maps Frontier Ads wouldn’t try to mess with your personal data files or to damage and corrupt your computer system. However, this certainly doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be careful with it. The ads displayed by some Adware applications might be coming from less-than-reliable advertising networks which means that if you click on such an ad, you might get redirected to illegal and hazardous websites. Even though this doesn’t happen as often as many might assume, there is still no need to risk it. Also, know that some Adware programs might try to gather personal browser data for targeted ads and could also affect the performance of your system by using high amounts of RAM and CPU leading to slow-downs – all the more reason to get rid of such a program.
Obviously, you don’t need to get an Adware on your PC and you would surely want to avoid such programs. To keep your PC safe, make sure that you never go to or download stuff from unreliable websites with unknown or shady reputation. Also, do not open e-mails that seem like they could be spam because they might very well be exactly that – spam is a commonly used method for Adware distribution. Aside from that, when installing new program keep an eye out for file bundles – those are other applications added to the installer of the main program. Oftentimes such added installs could be Adware so make sure to check the setup wizard form bundled software and if you are not sure that you can trust whatever has been added there, simply uncheck it to avoid landing some unwanted program.
How To Remove Maps Frontier Ads “Virus”
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
Remove Maps Frontier Ads For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
Remove Maps Frontier Ads For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
Remove Maps Frontier Ads For Internet Explorer (Edge) users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.