How to remove (uninstall) Maxsearch.live

Maxsearch.live

Adware is used by fraudsters to generate some imitation movement on the web pages they have to promote and to sell the services that can’t be promoted in a legitimate way. We are talking about drugs, “adult” content, suspicious utilities and hacked software or audio files. It's not in question, that the ads from Maxsearch.live are highly dangerous and you have to ignore them under any circumstances. We’ve already said, that Maxsearch.live is not dangerous on its own, but it grows more harmful if it manages to escape user's attention. If an undesired tool spends enough time inside your machine, it allows more unwanted tools to crawl in thus turning the device into a garbage bin. You might see such computers from time to time, choked with useless utilities, incapable of starting in several minutes, constantly lagging, etc. You’d better eliminate adware immediately, to avoid these problems with your own machine.

Maxsearch.live is a malicious piece of software, but it isn't your ordinary virus. This fact might be considered a pro and con simultaneously, and if you are wondering why - let us start. It's relieving to know that any advertising utility is not harmful particularly, and it's not going to affect the data on user's PC or vandalize the OS as typical malware does. It will just generate tons of ads in the form of large banners, links appearing without any logic on your monitor and pop-ups. You might manage to hide every one of them, but that’s what might be called a major discomfort. The bad thing is that as distinct from viruses, Maxsearch.live is on rare occasions recognized by regular antiviruses. They can’t spot it thanks to strange behavioral algorithms, and cannot stop its installation since victims install it by hand.

 

How to protect your PC against Maxsearch.live

Before we launch the deletion process, you should realize the ways to protect your device against malicious tools. Let us begin by learning the ways of penetration. We know a bunch of penetration methods which hazardous utilities use, but the very usual of them for Maxsearch.live is the sponsored installation, AKA bundling. Here’s how it functions:

  • When a user sees an installation file, he believes that it’s a good program and lets it in. Sometimes, antiviral programs warn you about the probably perilous contents of an installer, but scammers know a cool hoax to get through it. The helpful utilities used as name for bundles are mostly the hacked variants of licensed software. That's why victims expect that a bundle will probably raise the alarm and just bypass the alerts.
  • Scammers choose a decent program that is popular among the ordinary customers and blend it with a few advertising programs. The installer is made so that you couldn’t understand what’s inside before you start installing it. Often, it becomes clear after the installation, when the customer sees that he's received more than he wanted.
  • Swindlers upload the installer on a widely known file-sharing platform. They put it on as many portals as they are able, to increase the figure of probable victims.
  • When the customer installs the package, he notices a menu in which he has to pick one between a preferable and not recommended installation manners. The preferable manner is pre-selected so that every victim who likes clicking “OK” picked it automatically.

If you did not decline the pre-selected installation technique – you’ve got a bunch of malicious utilities besides of a good utility, and we can assist you with their deletion.

How to recognize adware when you see one?

You might wonder how a customer might detect an advertising tool if an AV utility failed to do this, but we’ll explain this right now. The thing is that the antivirus (if you’ve got one), detects viruses through their signature. Hackers change the code of their pieces of adware each week by uploading lesser changes so that they remained undetectable. We don’t recommend you to look into adware’s code, but we did a lot of thinking about how fraudsters would hide Maxsearch.live while it remains in front of the user’s eyes. You need to think over the type of every utility you install. Think hard before downloading browser improvement add-ons and utilities for social networks which offer you some new types of statistics. System optimizers are also extremely suspicious, as well as all cracked programs, like Word, Excel, PhotoShop, PowerPoint, etc. If you refrain from installing these tools, the chances of infection will go down dramatically.

How to remove Maxsearch.live

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Maxsearch.live manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Maxsearch.live from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

 

If you want to delete Maxsearch.live – you can choose among two manners. You might uninstall it manually, or via an antiviral tool. If you prefer to cope with Maxsearch.live without any antiviruses – we may help you with that, but you should realize that Maxsearch.live isn’t the single adware in the computer. As we've told you in the previous paragraphs of this paper, Maxsearch.live got into your OS via bundling, and there are no fewer than 2-3 more suspicious utilities to get rid of. If you are OK with uninstalling them all at one by one in the manual mode – we will assist you with it.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Maxsearch.live" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove Maxsearch.live from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Maxsearch.live

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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