How to remove Max Uninstaller from the operating system?

Also Known As: Max Uninstaller potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Max Uninstaller removal instructions

What is Max Uninstaller?

Max Uninstaller is a piece of software, classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). It is advertised as a tool for efficient, effective and thorough program uninstallation. It is considered to be a PUA, due to its dubious proliferation methods; in other words, most users install Max Uninstaller unintentionally and/or it infiltrates their systems under false pretenses.

Max Uninstaller unwanted application

All software categorized as a PUAs is deemed to be untrustworthy and possibly even harmful. Often, these applications require activation (i.e. purchase) to perform their functions, even if they are endorsed as "free". However, following activation - they tend to remain nonoperational. What is more, PUAs can also have abilities that endanger device/user safety. Some can run intrusive advertisement campaigns. This type of unwanted app delivers a variety of undesirable and hazardous ads (e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.). Intrusive adverts diminish browsing quality, by limiting browsing speed and website visibility. When clicked on, they redirect to untrustworthy/rogue, sale-oriented, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious webpages. These ads can also be triggered (by clicking) to execute scripts, designed to stealthily download/install content (e.g. PUAs). Another type of unwanted app can force-open dangerous sites, much like the kind intrusive advertisements redirect to. Yet another PUA can modify browser settings (e.g. homepage, default search engine, new tab/window URLs) and restrict/deny access to them. It is not uncommon for PUAs, regardless of their specific type, to be able to track data. They can monitor browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life details). The gathered data can contain sensitive information and is likely to be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, presence of PUAs on devices can cause various browser and system infiltrations/infections, lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. Therefore, it is recommended to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Max Uninstaller potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality It can supposedly effectively and thoroughly uninstall 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.
Removal

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DiskFixerOneSafe PC CleanerBitSecure AV and Full System Care are a few examples of apps similar to Max Uninstaller. PUAs usually appear legitimate, with little to no difference from genuine software. However, their functions rarely work as promised and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational. The only goal of all unwanted content is to generate revenue for its developers at user expense. Hence, it is not only worthless to users, but can also cause a variety of serious issues. PUAs operate by force-open untrustworthy/malicious pages, deliver intrusive advert campaigns, modify browsers and track private data.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some PUAs (e.g. Max Uninstaller) have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. Such pages are frequently promoted by deceptive/scam sites. PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other programs as well. "Bundling" is the term used to define this false marketing technique of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious software. It is often possible to opt-out from bundled additions, however rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored term, used presets, skipped steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing unwanted content to infiltrate the system. Intrusive advertisements also proliferate these applications. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without use consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to always research products to verify their legitimacy, prior to download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads should only be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels like: P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), free file hosting websites and other third party downloaders - can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Download and installation processes should be treated with caution; therefore, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive adverts typically look ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable sites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography and others). In case of encounters with this kind of ads/redirects, users should inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of Max Uninstaller application (GIF):

Max Uninstaller application

Max Uninstaller installation setup:

Max Uninstaller installation setup

Website promoting Max Uninstaller application:

Max Uninstaller application promotional website

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Max Uninstaller adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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 Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

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 Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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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Medium threat activity

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