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 malware|
|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.
Delete MaxWebSearch(.)com from Windows and Your Browser
Remove MaxWebSearch(.)com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MaxWebSearch(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MaxWebSearch(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MaxWebSearch(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MaxWebSearch(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MaxWebSearch(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MaxWebSearch(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MaxWebSearch(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MaxWebSearch(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MaxWebSearch(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall MaxWebSearch(.)com and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MaxWebSearch(.)com on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MaxWebSearch(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MaxWebSearch(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MaxWebSearch(.)com and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove MaxWebSearch(.)com via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove MaxWebSearch(.)com files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MaxWebSearch(.)com, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove MaxWebSearch(.)com from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase MaxWebSearch(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall MaxWebSearch(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove MaxWebSearch(.)com from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MaxWebSearch(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate MaxWebSearch(.)com from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.