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Short bio

Adware.MapsAds is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a large family of adware that targets MacOS systems.

Type and source of infection

The Adware.MapsAds browser extensions inject advertisments and are promoted on websites offering some functionality. They started out as online maps which is why they were named MapsAds, but they have branched out since then.

Adware.MapsAds website


Malwarebytes for Mac detects and removes Adware.MapsAds.


Malwarebytes for Mac will detect and remove the components of this malware.

Download and install the latest version of Malwarebytes for Mac.

Click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan.

If threats are detected during the scan, a count of detected threats is displayed. More detailed threat information is displayed after the scan completes.

Click “Confirm” to move the detected threats to Quarantaine.

If a restart is required to complete remediation of threats detected during a scan, you will be notified. When a restart is required, please remember to save all work before clicking “Restart”.

Associated threats

The same family of browser extensions exists for Windows systems where they are generally detected as:

  • PUP.Optional.GetMedia