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Maxalgina

Maxalgina is a program that can generate an endless flow of ads, pop-ups and different nagging banners on users’ screens. Maxalgina can also make changes inside browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge and others and modify their settings without requesting approval.

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The Maxalgina Virus will redirect your searches and display pop up ads

This program can really cause web browsing problems, especially if your default browser has been modified and its homepage or the main search engine has been replaced with some odd ones. In this case, you most probably will constantly be redirected to sites that you have no idea about. Besides, every new tab that you open may get filled with pop-up messages, banner notifications, colorful click-bait ads, and similar aggressive commercials. The purpose of this article, however, is to show you how to remove these nagging advertisements and, most importantly, how to uninstall the unwanted changes that Maxalgina has imposed on your favorite browser. We have prepared a special removal guide on that which you can find below, but first, let’s tell you a few more words about browser hijackers in general.

The Maxalgina Virus

The Maxalgina Virus is a browser hijacker that has been specifically designed to expose users to certain advertising materials and generating benefits for its developers thanks to Pay-Per-Click campaigns or sponsored ads positioning. Typically, any browser hijacker, including the Maxalgina virus, will try to extract information about the users’ web browsing habits from the hijacked browser and pass it back on to its developers.

Such programs are typically used by many online companies to promote their products and services and redirect traffic for their websites. However, the users subjected to the promotional materials may have some issues using their own browser, which is the reason they want apps like Maxalgina to be uninstalled. The collected data is usually used for marketing purposes can be eventually sold for profit to third parties or used to optimize the ads the users see on their screen. Some people consider this to be an unwelcome invasion of their privacy, while others do not mind that their ads get adjusted to their recent web searches. 

Still, as a result of this operation, most people may be faced with a stream of ads that, once clicked on, open new tabs and redirect to web locations that may not always be relevant or reliable. Besides, most of these ads can be very difficult to remove and can interrupt your web browsing activity without an end. It should also be noted that some of the messages and the links that may get displayed, may not be trusted. Clicking on such web ads may expose you to serious virus or malware attacks, including Ransomware and Spyware. That’s why the best way to avoid this possibility is to completely uninstall the browser hijacker. Once you do that, all the browser changes and the related advertisements will be gone and you won’t be tempted or prompted to press on something that may not be safe. If you have never dealt with a browser hijacker like Maxalgina before, we recommend you follow the steps in the guide below or use a professional removal tool that can handle such software automatically.

SUMMARY:

Name Maxalgina
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Users may frequently get redirected to pages with intrusive web ads during their browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Many browser hijackers can be found in free program bundles, or inside torrent installers, and freeware packages.
Detection Tool

Remove Maxalgina Virus

To try and remove Maxalgina quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Maxalgina extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Maxalgina by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Maxalgina and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Maxalgina removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Maxalgina from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Maxalgina from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Maxalgina from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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