How to remove Maxthon browser (Windows and Mac)

What is Maxthon?

According to developers, Maxthon is the safest and fastest than all existing browsers compatible with Windows and Mac computers as well as Android and iOS platforms. But don’t be fooled by everything they state, it’s a typical adware in the guise of Internet browser. The way it uses bundling method for spreading should also raise suspicion. Needless to say that Maxthon poses a serious risk to system. First and foremost, the malware might contribute to proliferation of other viruses revealing security holes. Therefore, only malware is enough to flood computer with viruses. Moreover, program constantly generates a different kind of ad on each page you visit, some of them are displayed in form of “virtual layer” thus concealing underlying content and interfering with viewing. Occasionally, user might also encounter sudden redirections to ad-supported websites. Of course, it can give an exceptional rate of return for developers compared to other types of marketing and promotion.

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Another unpleasant feature of Maxthon is personal information tracking. It can monitor your searching queries, frequently visited page, browsing story, geolocation, all the keyboard and mouse inputs you make in this web browser. All the stolen information may be shared and misused by third-parties to generate revenue.

Annoying and intrusive ads, redirecting links, randomly opening page and even spying on your Internet activity – all of these are caused by Maxthon. Removing this kind of malware and restoring your default settings is quite difficult task for ordinary users who have not dealt with these kinds of things before. This guide is especially written to cope with the task in the fight against this malware, just follow the instructions described below.

How Maxthon infects your PC?

As mentioned above, Maxthon usually gets on the computer through the “bundling” – popular marketing method. In this way, the program is bundled with other free application that you can download online. Unfortunately, majority of charge-free software don’t properly notify that other software will also be installed. To prevent your computer from infection we advise you to be careful and never rush when you install the software. Always opt for the “Custom/Advanced” settings and never agree to install additional unnecessary programs. Hackers also exploit security holes in the computer to distribute their products. Remember, the key to computer safety is caution. The powerful anti-malware program also wouldn’t go amiss.

There are three most common ways of getting Maxthon on your computer:

  1. Bundling method: this method is the most common in malware distribution. Cyber criminals put in the malware to some free software applications. The user downloads this program and install it, but the malicious program also getting into your computer.
  2. Don’t be careless, malware applications can be attached to spam emails.
  3. Try to avoid visiting suspicious websites, they can infect your PC with Maxthon.

How to remove Maxthon from your computer?

The best and easiest way to remove Maxthon from your computer is to use special anti-malware program that has this threat in its database. The program is fully automated, all you need to do is to download and install it. Once you’ve installed anti-malware application, it will scan your system and remove all the threats.

It scans your computer and detects various threats like Maxthon, then removes it with all of the related malicious files, folders and registry keys. After deep scanning of your system, it will easily find and delete Maxthon. Use this removal tool to get rid of Maxthon for FREE.
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How to remove Maxthon manually

Step 1: Remove Maxthon from Control Panel

In order to get rid of Maxthon, first thing you need to do is to uninstall malicious program from your computer. When removing Maxthon, try to find suspicious recently installed programs and delete them too, as it’s pretty common that any malware comes with some other unwanted programs.

Windows XP:

  1. Select Start.
  2. Control Panel.
  3. Then choose Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Search for Maxthon.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Select Start.
  2. Then Control Panel.
  3. Choose Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Maxthon and choose Uninstall.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1:

  1. Open the Menu.
  2. Select Search.
  3. After that choose Apps.
  4. Next Control Panel.
  5. Then as in Windows 7, click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Maxthon, select it and choose Uninstall.

Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (or press the Windows key) to open the Start menu, then select Settings at the top.
  2. Choose App & features on the left menu.
  3. On the right side, find Maxthon and select it, then click on the Uninstall button.
  4. Click on Uninstall to confirm.

Mac OSX:

  1. Launch Finder
  2. Select Applications in the Finder sidebar.
  3. If you see Uninstall Maxthon or Maxthon Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
  4. Drag unwanted application from the Applications folder to the Trash (located on the right side of the Dock)

Note: If you can’t find required program, sort programs by date in Control panel and search for suspicious recently installed programs. If you still can’t locate any suspicious program or not sure what some application is for, we advise you to use SpyHunter free scanner in order to track down what malicious program is infecting your system.

Maxthon won’t uninstall

There are a lot of options in any Windows version for removing applications. Still, not all the programs can be completely deleted using these options. Adware, Badware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) are too stubborn to be removed, more than that, there are created this way, created to be hard to get rid of them. That’s why sometimes you can’t uninstall them using standard Windows options. You’ll probably get this message: “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Maxthon. Please, contact your system administrator.” To remove stubborn Maxthon, you can use SpyHunter removal tool, it will completely remove Maxthon from your computer. Or you may try to use Safe Mode:

For Windows XP, Vista, 7

  1. Turn off your PC;
  2. Turn it on and immediately press F8 button;
  3. You’ll see Advanced Boot Options menu;
  4. Select Safe Mode with arrow buttons;
  5. In Safe Mode navigate to Control Panel, then choose Uninstall a program and remove “Maxthon”.

For Windows 8/8.1 and 10

  1. Press the Win+R buttons, type msconfig in box and press Enter;
  2. Choose Boot tab, and click on Safe Boot check box;
  3. Select the type of Safe Mode: Minimal or Network;
  4. Press OK and reboot your PC;
  5. In Safe Mode navigate to Control Panel, then choose Uninstall a program and remove “Maxthon”.

You can also perform Clean Boot. You need to turn off all the startup programs that may be the reason why the program won’t uninstall.

  1. Press Windows + R;
  2. In the Run window type msconfig;
  3. Choose Services section;
  4. Find Hide all Microsoft services line, tick the box;
  5. The click Disable all;
  6. Return back to General section;
  7. Find the line Selective startup and untick the box Load startup items;
  8. Select Apply, then OK;
  9. Reboot your PC;
  10. Remove Maxthon from Control Panel.

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