MaxWebSearch(.)com is a browser hijacker. You can see it on every page that you are browsing. The hijacker can modify the search engine, new tab, and homepage, and also, may set a browser extension. To remove it, you should carefully read this article. Commercial and sponsored content can appear in your search results.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage and new tab of your browser will be changed and you will see ads and sponsored results in searches.|
|Symptoms||Sets a new browser homepage, new tab and search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by MaxWebSearch(.)com|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss MaxWebSearch(.)com.|
MaxWebSearch(.)com – Spread
MaxWebSearch(.)com is spread via third-party installers. You can get the hijacker on your computer, without realizing, because it hides inside freeware installations and bundled packages. In the packages, additional components for installation aren’t disclosed as they should, and you can install MaxWebSearch(.)com. You can avoid that, if you find the Custom or Advanced settings in an installation setup.
The hijacker could also be spread via advertisements, pop-ups, banners or from visiting suspicious websites. Partners and affiliate sites of MaxWebSearch(.)com could try running an installation setup with the unwanted application inside. The hijacker might install a browser extension to help it send redirects. Any browser can be affected, like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer.
MaxWebSearch(.)com – Information
MaxWebSearch(.)com is a typical browser hijacker. If it’s inside your computer, it will make significant changes to your browsers. The hijacker will modify the homepage, the new tab page, and the search engine of all affected browsers. It might also put an extension or add-on in your browser. Its main site is MaxWebSearch(.)com and you your search queries will go through MaxWebSearch.com/s?type=homesearch&query.
Whenever you do a search, the results will always be filled with sponsored and commercial content with page-links that can redirect you to affiliate sites of MaxWebSearch(.)com:
Apart from that type of advertising, you can also see advertisements, like pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, and others from the search results and on webpages. Every redirect may lead to possible affiliates and partner sites of the hijacker. Such sites make money on a pay-per-click basis.
The hijacker is very intrusive regarding the information that may be collected:
- Search queries and all data you type in searches
- Search data and specifics of searches
- Browser (version and type)
- URLs and clicks
- IP address
- Country of residence, home address
- Name, education, interests
- Communications preferences
- Telephone number
- Operating System (and other related data)
And this is not a full list.
All that data, which may be collected by MaxWebSearch(.)com can be shared with their partners and affiliates, if they have your consent. By using their unwanted program and services, you give your consent. Your internet activity is tracked down to the last bit, including errors you received in your browsers and what you clicked on. That is possible by using browser cookies and other technologies.
MaxWebSearch(.)com – Removal
To remove MaxWebSearch(.)com and all of its contents manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions down below. If the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker and its modifications completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Such software will also keep your computer secure in the future.