Max Uninstaller removal instructions
What is Max Uninstaller?
Max Uninstaller is a rogue program classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). It is advertised as a tool for efficient, effective and thorough program removal (uninstallation). In fact, it is classed as a PUA, due to its dubious proliferation methods - most users install Max Uninstaller unintentionally, or it infiltrates their systems under false pretences.
PUAs are generally untrusted and harmful. These applications often require activation (via purchase) to perform their functions, even if they are endorsed as "free". Following activation, however, they tend to remain nonoperational. Furthermore, PUAs can also have capabilities that endanger device/user safety. Some can run intrusive advertisement campaigns. This type of unwanted app delivers unwanted and hazardous ads (e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.). Intrusive ads diminish the browsing experience by limiting browsing speed and website visibility. When clicked, they redirect to untrusted/rogue, sale-oriented, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious web pages. They can also be triggered (by clicking them) to execute scripts designed to stealthily download/install content (e.g. PUAs). Another type of unwanted app can force-open dangerous sites, similar to those sites redirected to by intrusive advertisements. Other PUAs can modify browser settings (e.g. homepage, default search engine, new tab/window URLs) and restrict/deny access to them. Regardless of their specific type, PUAs commonly track data. They can monitor browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data might contain private, sensitive information and is often shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, the presence of PUAs on devices can cause browser and system infiltration/infections, lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. Therefore, you are advised to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Max Uninstaller potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||Removal and 'uninstallation' of programs.|
|Detection Names||BitDefender (Application.Deceptor.OO), DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.2601), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/MaxUninstaller.A Potenti), GData (Win32.Application.Agent.8QWQ20), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
DiskFixer, OneSafe PC Cleaner, BitSecure AV and Full System Care are some examples of apps similar to Max Uninstaller. PUAs often seem legitimate, with little to no difference from genuine software, however, their functions rarely work as promised and are generally nonoperational. The only purpose of all unwanted programs/content is to generate revenue for the developers at users' expense. The software is useless and can cause serious issues. PUAs operate by force-opening untrusted/malicious web pages, delivering intrusive ad campaigns, modifying browsers and tracking private data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Some PUAs (including Max Uninstaller) have "official" promotional web pages from which they can be downloaded. These pages are frequently promoted by other deceptive/scam sites. PUAs can also be downloaded/installed together with other programs. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious software. It is often possible to opt-out of bundled additions, however, rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, using presets, skipping steps and sections, etc.) increases the risk of unintentionally allowing unwanted content to infiltrate the system. Intrusive advertisements also proliferate these applications. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are strongly advised to research all products to verify their legitimacy, prior to download/installation or purchase. All downloads should be performed through official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels such as P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), free file hosting websites and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive or bundled content. Treat download and installation processes with caution. Read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive ads typically seem normal and harmless, however, they often redirect to rogue websites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography and others). If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of Max Uninstaller application (GIF):
Max Uninstaller installation setup:
Website promoting Max Uninstaller application:
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- What is Max Uninstaller?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
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 "Max Uninstaller" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Max Uninstaller did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the max uninstaller 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the max uninstaller 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with max uninstaller 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the max uninstaller 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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