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United States Rank #33,884
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.57 days
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Average installed length: 117.32 days


VersionDistribution 1.92% 1.92% 21.15% 23.08% 50.00% 1.92%

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Max Spyware Detector


Max Spyware Detector is a software program developed by Max Secure Software. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The setup package generally installs about 68 files and is usually about 398.55 MB (417,912,785 bytes). The installed file MaxLiveUpdate.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 52% of users of Max Spyware Detector come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and MA.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.spywaredetector.net
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Max Spyware Detector
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Max Spyware Detector\MaxUninstaller.exe -SD
Estimated size: 398.55 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Max Spyware Detector

  • MailScanner.dll - Max Secure Software Mail Parser and Scanner module
  • FirewallSetup.exe - Max Secure Anti-Virus Enterprise Edition - Client (Max Secure Anti-Virus Enterprise Client)
  • FirewallSetupX64.exe
  • MaxAVDBScan.dll - Max Secure Software MaxAVDBS Dynamic Link Library
  • MaxAVPMScan.dll - Max Secure Software MaxAVPMS Dynamic Link Library
  • MaxAVRepair.dll - Max Secure Software MaxAVRep Dynamic Link Library
  • MaxUPXUnpacker.dll - Max Secure Software MaxUPXUn Dynamic Link Library
  • InterSecSrvXP.exe - Max Secure Software Firewall Interaction Service
  • InterSecInterfaceXP.exe - Max Secure Software Firewall User Interface
  • MailProxy.exe - Max Secure Software Mail Proxy Application
  • MaxActMon.exe - Max Secure Software Active Monitor Service
  • MaxCMDScanner.exe - Max Secure Software Command line Scanner
  • MaxSDShellExt.dll - Max Secure Software MaxSDShellExt Module
  • MaxSDShellExt1.dll
  • GeneralPurpose.dll - Max Secure Software General purpose dll
  • MaxRegistryBackUp.exe - Max Secure Software Max Registry BackUp
  • MaxSDTray.exe - Max Secure Software Active Monitor Tray
  • KeyLoggerScanner.exe - Max Secure Software Keylogger Scanner
  • KeyLoggerScannerDll.dll - Max Secure Software Keylogger Scanner Dll
  • MaxRootkitScanner.exe - Max Secure Software MaxRootkitScanner (Max Secure Software Rootkit Scanner)
  • MaxUSBProc.exe - Max Secure Software MaxUSB Protection
  • MaxWatchDogService.exe - Max Secure Software WatchDog Service
  • MaxAntiSpam.dll - Max Secure Software AntiSpam Module
  • MaxAntiSpam1.dll
  • MaxUnpacker.dll - Max Secure Software MaxUnpacker.dll
  • ActiveProtection.dll - Max Secure Software Active Monitor
  • ActiveProtection2K.dll
  • LaptopTracker.dll - Max Secure Software Laptop Tracker
  • MaxFirewallDLL.dll - Max Secure Software MaxFirewallDLL
  • MaxProcScn.exe - Max Secure Software Memory Scanner
  • MaxRootKitScannerUI.exe - Max Secure Software RootKitScanner
  • MigrateSD.exe - Max Secure Software Migration Tool
  • MaxSecure.dll - Max Secure Software MaxSecure.dll
  • AntiRootKitDLL.dll - Max Secure Software Anti-Rootkit
  • DisasmEngineDll.dll - Max Secure Software DisasmEngine (Max Secure Software DisasmEngine Dynamic Link Library)
  • MaxSDResourceDll.dll - Max Secure Software Resoruce DLL
  • Notifications.exe - Max Secure Software Notification
  • MaxLiveUpdate.dll - Max Secure Software Live Update
  • MaxSDScanner.dll - Max Secure Software Scanner Dll
  • MaxUninstaller.exe - Max Secure Software Uninstaller
  • LiveUpdate.exe - Max Secure Software Liveupdate
  • Option.dll - Max Secure Software Option Dll
  • CheckDll.dll - Max Secure Software Check Dll
  • DriverMgr.exe - Max Secure Software DriverMgr
  • KeyLoggerHandler.dll - Max Secure Software Keylogger (Max Secure Software Keylogger Handler)
  • MaxDBServer.exe - Max Secure Software DBServer
  • InfoLSP.dll - Max Secure Software LSP Dll
  • MaxScanner.exe - Max Secure Software Scanner
  • MaxSecureReports.exe - Max Secure Software Reports
  • Gadget.exe - Max Secure Software Gadget
  • MaxMerger.exe - Max Secure Software Merger
  • MaxUSB.exe - Max Secure Software USB UI
  • SDActMon2K.sys - Max Spyware Detector (Max Spyware Detector Active Monitor Driver)
  • SDVirusScanner.dll - Max Spyware Detector Virus Scanner Module
  • TrayPopUp.exe - Max Spyware Detector Tray Popup Application
  • MaxSDUI.exe - Max Secure Software (Max Secure UI)
  • SendReport.exe - Max Secure Software Send Report
  • SMTPDll.dll - Max Secure Software SMTP Dll
  • SpecialSpyHandler.dll - Max Secure Software Special Spyware Handler
  • StartUpTipsDll.dll - Max Secure Software Tips Dll
  • ThreatCommunity.dll - Max Secure Software Threat Community Module

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • MaxSDShellExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'MaxContextMenu' with a class of {A0EAC751-EFE8-4757-A7BA-1CA34A8341CB}.
  • MaxSDShellExt1.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'MaxContextMenu' with a class of {A0EAC751-EFE8-4757-A7BA-1CA34A8341CB}.
3 Services
  • InterSecSrvXP.exe runs as a service named 'InterSecSrv' (InterSecSrv).
  • MaxWatchDogService.exe runs as a service named 'MaxWatchDogService' (MaxWatchDogService) "Spyware Detector Services".
  • MaxMerger.exe runs as a service named 'MaxMerger' (MaxMerger) "Spyware Detector Services".
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • MaxSDTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SDActiveMonitor' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Max Spyware Detector\MaxSDTray.exe" -AUTO.
  • MaxUSBProc.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MaxUSBProc' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Max Spyware Detector\MaxUSBProc.exe".
  • Gadget.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ShowGadget' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Max Spyware Detector\Gadget.exe".

How do I remove Max Spyware Detector?

You can uninstall Max Spyware Detector from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Max Spyware Detector, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Max Spyware Detector.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win 8.1 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.46%
Windows 10 23.08%
Windows XP 11.54%
Windows Vista 1.92%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.62%
Windows 7 Professional 15.38%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.54%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.69%
Windows 8.1 7.69%
Windows 8 5.77%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.52% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.52%
  United Kingdom 13.64%
  MA 7.58%
  France 3.03%
  Australia 3.03%
  Netherlands 3.03%
  Canada 3.03%
  Poland 3.03%
  Ecuador 1.52%
  Indonesia 1.52%
  Spain 1.52%
  Estonia 1.52%
  Jordan 1.52%
  Czech Republic 1.52%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.79%
Dell 27.66%
Acer 12.77%
Lenovo 8.51%
Toshiba 6.38%
Sahara 2.13%
ASUS 2.13%
Sony 2.13%
Compaq 2.13%
Alienware 2.13%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 5520 4.26%
Dell Inspiron 545s 2.13%
Dell Inspiron 530s 2.13%
Dell Dimension E521 2.13%
TOSHIBA Satellite L755D 2.13%
Packard Bell EasyNote TJ7... 2.13%


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