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Should I remove MaxWebSearch?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
United States Rank #49,924
Reach 0.0005%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 31.72 days
183.01 days >
Average installed length: 96.16 days


What is MaxWebSearch?

MaxWebSearch, also known as Websearchy from Adknowledge, Inc. is a web browser hijacker and advertising injector (adware). The software is typically bundled by third party installers that collect insert revenue from installing this adware on the user's PC. The software runs in the background of the user's PC and creates a proxy service that routes all web browser Internet traffic through it in order to inject advertisements. In addition to displaying ads, the program will take over the browser's search engine.


Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is MaxWebSearch.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 9 files and is usually about 6.89 MB (7,225,291 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Difficult to remove as it will reinstall itself
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in MaxWebSearch.
uninstall.MaxWebSearch.exe (392919e999cdcfc3e608243687754382) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Symantec 5/30/2014 rev. 6 WS.Reputation
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.150 TROJ_GEN.F47V0506
MaxWebSearch has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove MaxWebSearch.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: maxwebsearch.com
Help link: maxwebsearch.com/legal/privacy
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Websearchy
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Websearchy\uninstall.MaxWebSearch.exe" /u /UserID=1c1fab42-7d67-462a-a149-a62fafe89587 /SourceID=adnxs|adnxs_bsg-728x90-c1951534-136
Warning, the included uninstaller may not work, it is highly recommended to use Reason Core Security.
Estimated size: 6.89 MB

Program filesFiles installed by MaxWebSearch

Program executable:MaxWebSearch.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Websearchy\MaxWebSearch.exe
Additional files:
  • Interop.Shell32.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'Shell32'.
  • MaxWebSearch.exe - MaxWebSearch
  • WebSearchyDAL.dll
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.MaxWebSearch.exe - Installer
  • oo.dll (by Adknowledge) - oo
  • Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll (by CodePlex Community) - TaskService (Task Scheduler Wrapper)
  • Newtonsoft.Json.dll (by Newtonsoft) - Json.NET (Json.NET .NET 2.0)
  • System.Data.SQLite.dll (by Robert Simpson, et al) - System.Data.SQLite (System.Data.SQLite Interop Assembly)
  • UrlHistoryLibrary.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • uninstall.MaxWebSearch.exe is scheduled as a task named 'MaxWebSearch Update Task' (runs daily at 1:23 AM).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • MaxWebSearch.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MaxWebSearch' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Websearchy\MaxWebSearch.exe".

How do I remove MaxWebSearch?

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Or, you can uninstall MaxWebSearch 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program MaxWebSearch, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 MaxWebSearch.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.
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Win 7 (SP1) 67%
Win 8 11%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.67%
Windows Vista 11.11%
Windows XP 11.11%
Windows 10 11.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.44%
Windows 8 11.11%
Windows 7 Ultimate N 11.11%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 11.11%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.11%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.50%
Acer 37.50%
Dell 25.00%
Common models
innotek GmbH VirtualBox 11.11%
HP-Pavilion KJ402AA-ABA a... 11.11%
HP-Pavilion AW010AV-ABA p... 11.11%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 11.11%
Gateway NE56R 11.11%
Dell OptiPlex 740 Enhance... 11.11%


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