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Ads by Theater-Max. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Theater-Max ads, Theater-Max adware, Theater-Max virus | Type: Adware

What is Theater-Max?

Theater-Max ads are misleading pop-up, pop-under, and banner messages that may appear every time when you are opening your web browser and completely disrupt your web browsing activities. They may start bothering you if an adware infiltrates your computer. It's promoted as a web browser plug-in that is capable of enhancing user's web browsing experience. It is compatible with all most popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, it's just another unpopular web browser add-on that needs to be removed as soon as it gets inside. If you want to stay away from questionable websites, you should never click on the Theater-Max ads because some of them may be fake and filled with sponsored links. That's because this add-on has been developed with one main intention – to generate income for its developers via pay-per-click system and redirects to predetermined websites. Unfortunately, no one guarantees that the affiliates of this add-on are reliable and seek to drive visitor's to safe and reliable websites. Therefore, there is always a possibility that after clicking on 'Ads by Theater-Max' you will be rerouted to an unsafe website that is filled with questionable content and will end up installing one of the suspicious apps. By the way, this add-on also poses harm to your privacy. That's because it carries tracking cookies and is known for collecting non-personally identifiable information. Don't worry about your passwords or banking information; however, consider the fact that your PC's IP address, email address, location and similar information may be taken and used for tricking you. Therefore, we recommend you to run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage and get rid of this misleading adware for good.

How can Theater-Max hijack my computer?

In fact, it very easy to get Theater-Max virus. Even though it is introduced on the official website, we can hardly believe that people run into it accidentally and install it there. We believe that it will get inside your computer bundled with various freewares and sharewares. Its developers have decided to add it along with various download managers, PDF creators, media players, and other well-known free software in order to reach a wide audience. Of course, for that they have to pay money for freeware developers. Such distribution method is called 'bundling' and even though it's legitimate, it may trick many people into installing potentially unwanted programs and start experiencing Theater-Max redirects out of nowhere. To be more precise, while installing free software, people may be offered to install additional components, such as add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions. Unfortunately, people tend to install free programs without checking what is written on the installation check boxes. Consequently, they skip ticks marked by default that notify the installation of such programs as Theater-Max virus. If you want to avoid that, take your time when installing freewares and make sure that you unmark all additional components that are set by default. Otherwise, later you will have to take needed actions to eliminate PUPs from your computer.

How to remove Theater-Max virus?

Theater-Max ads may be removed manually or automatically. If you want to do that right now, follow the guide that is given below:

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To remove Theater-Max ads, follow these steps:

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Erase Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max and related programs
    Here, look for Theater-Max 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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Uninstall Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max 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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Delete Theater-Max 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, Theater-Max should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max 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 Theater-Max removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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