Maxi Buy redirect removal instructions
What is Maxi Buy?
Maxi Buy is a rogue application that falsely claims to save time and money when shopping online by providing coupons and notifications of special deals/discounts available on web stores. Judging on appearance alone, Maxi Buy may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Three main reasons for these negative associations are: 1) infiltration without users' consent; 2) tracking of browsing activity, and; 3) display of intrusive advertisements.
As with most browser hijackers, Maxi Buy continually records information relating to browsing habits. Collected data (IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) typically includes personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, having Maxi Buy installed on your computer can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. In addition, Maxi Buy continually delivers coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, intrusive ads are likely to conceal underlying content, but might also lead to malicious websites and run scripts that download/install malware. Therefore, even a single accidental click can result in high-risk computer infections. Browser-hijacking applications also modify browser options (e.g., default search engine, new tab URL, etc.) by assigning them to certain URLs. In addition, these apps prevent users from reverting the changes. Therefore, users are forced to visit these websites, thus diminishing the web browsing experience. In any case, browser hijackers such as Maxi Buy2 should be eliminated immediately.
|Name||Maxi Buy potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
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There are dozens of browser-hijacking applications that share similarities with Maxi Buy. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) My Email Center, HolidayPhotoEdit, and WowMovix. Most browser hijackers offer 'useful features', and yet these programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than delivering any real value for regular users, PUAs cause unwanted redirects, deliver ads, and record sensitive information, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and browsing safety.
How did Maxi Buy install on my computer?
Maxi Buy has an official download website, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, it often infiltrates systems without permission, since developers proliferate it using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of potentially unwanted applications together with regular software. Developers are not honest enough to disclose PUA installations properly and hide them within "Custom/Advanced" options of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users click intrusive advertisements and skip download/installation steps, thus exposing their systems to risk of various infections and compromising their privacy. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted applications and browser plug-ins.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent system infiltration by potentially unwanted applications, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each download/installation step and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. We recommend that you download software from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus these tools should not be used. Bear in mind that intrusive ads typically appear legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design, however, they often redirect to dubious websites (such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). If you experience these redirects, eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate it.
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- What is Maxi Buy?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Maxi Buy application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Maxi Buy extension from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Maxi Buy browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Maxi Buy from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Maxi Buy add-on from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Maxi Buy browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the Maxi Buy website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Maxi Buy browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
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Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Maxi Buy", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the maxi buy potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Maxi Buy", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the maxi buy potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Maxi Buy".
Computer users who have problems with maxi buy potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the maxi buy potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove maxi buy potentially unwanted application from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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