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ProfitMaximizer.co is a website which spreads advertisements and redirects. All content on the site is a scam, and the site itself is considered adware. A video voiced in English will start playing, and pop-up ads will show in your preferred PC language. The website has various redirects, but the most prominent one is ProfitMaximizer.net, which leads to the main Web page. To remove the website and its advertisements, you should read the article to the end.

Threat Summary

NameProfitMaximizer.co
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe website platform generates advertisements, which can be very intrusive and try to push a scam.
SymptomsYou can see adverts in your browsers, such as pop-ups, banners or even full-page ads. You might witness being redirected randomly when browsing the Internet.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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ProfitMaximizer.co – Spread

The ProfitMaximizer.co website could be spread throughout various sources. An adware application exists, which comes together with installer setups of freeware and bundled programs. These installations can push additional components inside your personal computer, without you knowing about it. Such setups are set by default to do that. Avoiding any similar installations that can get you unwanted components, is doable if you find a Custom or an Advanced options menu in the setup to deselect them.

ProfitMaximizer.co could also be spread with the help of redirects and advertisements that are hosted on similar scam web pages. One of the main redirects is ProfitMaximizer.net and it will land you back on the .co domain. Pop-ups, pop-unders, banners and full-page adverts might also have the ability to redirect you. The adware is very intrusive and can be injected into your computer machine from different places. Browsers which could be affected are: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

ProfitMaximizer.co – Information

ProfitMaximizer.co is website that is trying to scam people. The website seems to have a mirror domain, which is found under the name “ProfitMaximizer.net.” The site pushes all sorts of advertisements. Thus, it is considered as an adware. It seems like a copy of the Russian scam hosted by Chain-reaction-pro.co website.

Here you can view how the main page of the scamming website looks:

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The ProfitMaximizer.co website is an obvious scam, although it might not seem exactly so, to people inexperienced with such schemes. Redirects and advertisement content like the endlessly appearing pop-up messages all work in making the scam look like a legitimate money-making strategy. The scam video on the site cleverly tries to imply that is not a scam like the ones promoting to net you 1000 US dollars to your wallet. The irony here is that the website is exactly like those other such schemes – it promotes ways to get you 1219 US dollars for a single day without working or spending other money.

This is how the main page of the website looks like:

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The advertisement pop-up shown above is translated to the language you have set as preferred on your computer system, so that means that the website gathers information about you and your computer configuration.

Here is what that advert reads in English:

WARNING!
DON’T MISS OUT…
DOWNLOAD The same Cash Avalanche System Our Users Have Used To Rake In Over $2.1 Million In The Past 90 Days!
GET INSTANT ACCESS NOW!
No credit card. No PayPal. 100% FREE!

ProfitMaximizer.co can generate redirects, which can land you onto outbound websites many of which might be blocked by Antivirus and security software. Do not believe that the site is a 100% safe site from the “certificates” found on its main page – they are fake. You shouldn’t trust the pop-ups and message boxes that support the scam either. Refrain from clicking on anything which shows up in a separate window, link and message. Some of these adverts and message boxes could have text inside them.

Advertisements can display one of the following texts:

  • Ads by ProfitMaximizer.co
  • Advertisement by ProfitMaximizer.co
  • Ad by ProfitMaximizer.co
  • Advert from ProfitMaximizer.co
  • Powered by ProfitMaximizer.co
  • Brought to you by ProfitMaximizer.co
  • Ads by ProfitMaximizer.net
  • Advertisement by ProfitMaximizer.net
  • Ad by ProfitMaximizer.net
  • Advert from ProfitMaximizer.net
  • Powered by ProfitMaximizer.net
  • Brought to you by ProfitMaximizer.net

All of the redirects have another purpose than just supporting the scam – that is to make additional money for the website owners. That is possible via a pay-per-click scheme. Advertisements like pop-ups might be connected to various affiliates of the adware creators. Adverts associated with ProfitMaximizer.co could display in your browsers at random times in different forms. The most common shapes that the ads take is as pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, and full-page ads, but interstitial, transitional and slider ad types are not excluded from showing, too.

ProfitMaximizer.co – Privacy Policy

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The Privacy Policy section of ProfitMaximizer.co can be seen in the picture shown above. The problem with the text link that should display a policy redirects you back to the main page of the website. We know that from the personalized translation of the pop-ups that the website platform indeed gathers information about you. Alongside such statistical information about your hardware and software, and the fact that the site hides its Privacy Policy, it undoubtedly gathers other data, as well.

Since this site looks like a copy of the Russian site Chain-reaction-pro.co, the same Privacy Policy may be applied. You can read the short one paragraph of a policy down here:

You understand, acknowledge and agree that the operation of certain programs, services, tools, materials or information is required to supply, use and distribution of a variety of identifying information. Thus, if you want to access and use these programs, services, tools, materials, and information on the Site, you acknowledge and agree that your use of the Site is acceptance of the collection and use of the procedure of personal identification information by “Profit Maximizer” in order to protect your privacy information. Read our Privacy Policy before providing any personal information on this site.

ProfitMaximizer.co can share any of the obtained information to third parties and business affiliates. If you do not like your privacy to be invaded in such a way, you should remove this adware as fast as possible.

Remove ProfitMaximizer.co Fully

To remove ProfitMaximizer.co manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal tutorial written down below. In case this manual removal does not get rid of the adverts completely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove ProfitMaximizer.co from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ProfitMaximizer.co

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall ProfitMaximizer.co 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by ProfitMaximizer.co on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by ProfitMaximizer.co there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for ProfitMaximizer.co with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of ProfitMaximizer.co from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ProfitMaximizer.co and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to ProfitMaximizer.co:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to ProfitMaximizer.co. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to ProfitMaximizer.co. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 ProfitMaximizer.co 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as ProfitMaximizer.co. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove ProfitMaximizer.co 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.


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Erase ProfitMaximizer.co 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.



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Uninstall ProfitMaximizer.co 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.



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Remove ProfitMaximizer.co 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the ProfitMaximizer.co will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate ProfitMaximizer.co 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.


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