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Ads by PathMaxx. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as PathMaxx ads, PathMaxx virus, PathMaxx adware | Type: Adware

What is PathMaxx?

PathMaxx is an irritating browser plug-in, which may land on your web browser silently and start showing tens of advertisements whether you want to see them or not. Even though many people reported that this app has infiltrated their computers suspiciously, it must be stated that it cannot slither onto computers without user's permission asked. In fact, it spreads around in a bundle with various freewares and sharewares and infiltrates random computers when users fail to deselect it. Once it gets inside, it hijacks all most popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer and starts delivering pop-up ads that contain various deals, discounts, and coupons. Even though this add-on is not considered to be malicious, it is not recommended to click on PathMaxx ads. That's because they are used for making people visit affiliate websites, generating income via pay-per-click system, increasing sales and so on. Unfortunately, some of the PathMaxx redirects may make you visit unsafe websites where you may expose your computer to various cyber threats and end up with virus or malware infection. Of course, it's only a potential threat, do not forget that it may happen and better stay away from the 'Ads by PathMaxx'. By the way, security experts warn that adware-type programs, including this one, may use cookies to collect search terms, mostly visited websites and other information related to browsing habits. Unfortunately, IP address, email address, PC's location and similar information isn't treated as personal as well. However, it may easily be used for deceiving you, for instance, you may start receiving lots of spam on your email and get tricked to install another potentially unwanted program one day. To avoid that, run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage and remove this adware without any delay.

How can PathMaxx hijack my computer?

PathMaxx is distributed using a misleading distribution technique, which is known as 'bundling'. Of course, most of adware-type programs can be downloaded from the official websites. However, people seldom fall into installing them manually; so they are added to the popular free software, such as download managers, PDF creators, media players, etc. ensuring wide distribution. PathMaxx add-on may be promoted as a really useful shopping helper too. However, as you probably already understood, we do not recommend installing it and urge to get rid of it once inside. In order to avoid installing such and similar programs on your computer, you should pay more attention to the installation process of various freewares. We want to say that you should start checking download sources more carefully, as well as investigate your selected freeware more attentively. Do not avoid reading EULA, Privacy Policy or at least read certain section that notify about third-party sponsorship, tracking cookies and similar information. Finally, you should select Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully monitor the entire installation process with an intention to opt out of additional components. In case you have already been tricked into installing PathMaxx virus, you should wait no more and take needed actions to get rid of it as soon as possible.

How to remove PathMaxx virus?

Get rid of PathMaxx virus now. You may select either manual or automatic removal option and get rid of this annoying application right now:

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To remove PathMaxx ads, follow these steps:

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Delete PathMaxx from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall PathMaxx and related programs
    Here, look for PathMaxx or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Remove PathMaxx from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for PathMaxx or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Eliminate PathMaxx from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for PathMaxx and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete PathMaxx removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of PathMaxx ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, PathMaxx should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Uninstall PathMaxx from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select PathMaxx and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete PathMaxx removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase PathMaxx from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select PathMaxx and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete PathMaxx removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete PathMaxx from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for PathMaxx or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete PathMaxx removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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