Max Utilities

Max Utilities – Windows optimization tool that has a poor reputation due to misleading distribution and performance

Max Utilities malware

Max Utilities malware

Max Utilities is promoted as a reliable all-in-one tool for Windows optimization and maintenance. The application is said to be powerful enough to fix registry errors, protect privacy files, eliminate Windows history, junk, boost startup speed, defragment registry, free up disk space, and more. However, cybersecurity experts warn that it’s a poorly evaluated optimization tool that has been attributed to the group of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)[1] recently on the following grounds:

  • Max Utilities spreads bundled with freeware;
  • It tricks people into installing it by false claims that the app is free-of-charge;
  • Upon installation, the rogue optimizer scans the machine automatically;
  • It generates exaggerated scan results; Random detection names listed to scare victims into purchasing the license;
  • Direct download is not present; People have problems with Max Utilities removal. 

Although this so-called optimizer is not malicious, many refer to it as the Max Utilities virus due to its out-of-nowhere installation on the system and unwanted scanners that may leave Windows sluggish due to enormous CPU consumption. Experts claim that third-party optimization programs that are not verified by reputable assessors should not be trusted as they can cause complete Windows crash, BSODs, errors, unresponsiveness, vulnerabilities, etc. due to invalid changes within Windows Registry, defragmented parts, elimination of core files, and other improper performances. 

Title Max Utilities
Class Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) /  Rogue optimizer
Executable MaxUtilities_Setup.exe
Distribution One may download the optimizer from its official website. Nonetheless, the unwanted app is mainly spread as a component of the freeware package or click-to-download component of suspicious ads
Symptoms If the Max Utilities is installed on the machine, it automatically launches the scanner. Dusing the scan Windows performance diminishes, CPU consumption gets high, software becomes unresponsive, etc. The scan results may report multiplicity of system errors, including virus infections
Goal This free trial version of this misleading tool is actively distributed via freeware bundles to later make people purchase its license key
Danger level Low. The tool does not work as a virus. However, it may try to trick you into giving away the money for the useless service. On top of that, inappropriate optimization of the machine can trigger errors and blue screens. 
Removal Manual and automatic Max Utilities removal is possible:
– open Apps and Features folder and look for related applications among installed apps. Eliminate it and delete related Registry entries
-automatic malware elimination with tools like Malwarebytes ensures thorough removal of the entire malware package, including registries and other related entries
Damage fix Take advantage of the Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego repair tool to fix the damage triggered by rogue optimization tools 

People who thought that they have installed the Max Utilities virus should stop worrying that much. This piece of software does not belong to any virus category. It’s yet another potentially unwanted program (PUP) that takes advantage of gullible PC users and seeks to scare them into thinking that their PCs are seriously damaged and need immediate maintenance. 

That’s a common tactic used by shady third parties that seek to earn the money from useless software and services. The managers of the Max Utilities try to convince the potential users that the tool is capable of: 

  • fix and optimize Windows registry, clean up junk files, protect private information, optimize the system, and boost system startup speed;
  • find hidden system errors and completely fix them;
  • boost PC speed and performance;
  • provide free technical support, etc. 

However, people express their concern on various forums and ask how to remove Max Utilities optimizer from Windows for a reason. It turns out that this application pushes its free service with an intention to promote the full paid version for $29.99, $39.99 or $49.99 yearly fee depending on the equipment of the software.

Max Utilities free trial version sets a scheduled task to run a full system scan. The scanner may suck up CPU and cause Windows slowdowns. Moreover, the issues presented in the scan log are usually exaggerated. People may be informed about multiple bugs, errors, incompatibilities, or even virus infections that are, in fact, non-existent. Usually, the report says:

  • Registry issues found: 750
  • Privacy items found: 143
  • Windows history found: 391MB
  • Left-over items found: 802MB
  • Startup programs found: 2

Max Utilities virus
Max Utilities optimizer is dubbed as a virus due to misleading infiltration and highly questionable performance

Max Utilities virus
Max Utilities optimizer is dubbed as a virus due to misleading infiltration and highly questionable performance

At the bottom of the Max Utilities virus scanner the following warning is provided:

This evaluation version provides limited repairs, cleaning and optimization. Please subscribe to enable full functionality. 


Experts from[2] do not recommend relying on tools like Max Utilities optimizer. Its repair functions are highly questionable; therefore, instead of fixing problems and increasing performance, it may delete important registry entries and trigger errors instead. 

The problem is that this questionable application is usually spread via freeware packages. If it managed to infiltrate your machine without being noticed, you may face difficulties with Max Utilities removal. The application may not have direct uninstaller or you may not be allowed to remove it due to popups saying “This app is currently in use. Close the program or window that might be using the app, and then try again.” 

Thus, to remove Max Utilities rogue optimizer from your machine completely, employ a reputable anti-malware tool, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and run a full scan with it while Windows is in Safe Mode with Networking. 

Do not rely on Max Utilities keygens

Most probably those who installed this application are actively looking for ways to unlock Max Utilities paid version for free. That’s because the most typically keywords related to this misleading optimizer are the following:

  • Max Utilities license key free
  • Max Utilities serial key
  • Max Utilities free download 

Aside from that, we’ve come up with a couple of third-party websites offering Max Utilities keygens allowing people to unlock the latest version of the tool. However, do not rely on pirated software[3] as it is frequently misused by hackers to spread viruses, such as TuneUp Pro, Zipe, Pezi, Fonix, etc. 

Max Utilities detection
Max Utilities has been included in the PUP database and may be flagged as potentially dangerous by most of the AV tools

Max Utilities detection
Max Utilities has been included in the PUP database and may be flagged as potentially dangerous by most of the AV tools

Potentially Unwanted Programs take advantage of freeware bundles to get installed without being noticed

Freeware developers get commissions for the distribution of unwanted applications. Thus, apps like download managers, converters, and players are often filled with browser-based apps that have been launched for advertising purposes. 

Therefore, the reckless installation of free apps poses a risk of getting a pack of unwanted apps. Keep in mind that Quick and Basic installation setup automatically permits the installation of additional applications. Therefore, you should solely rely on the Advanced or Custom installation technique when running the installer of freeware. In addition to the extended installation technique, you should also:

  • carefully select the freeware that you are about to install. Read comments about it and search cybersecurity forums to ensure that it’s not malware.
  • rely on reputable download sources only.
  • do not skip the Licence Agreement and Privacy Policy sections as they may contain valuable information. 
  • check every window provided on the installation setup and unmark pre-selected components.
  • use a reliable anti-malware tool that scans the system in real-time. 

Learn how to uninstall Max Utilities PUP completely

Max Utilities virus is a term used to refer to this doubtful optimization tool for a reason. Upon infiltration, it initiates a multiplicity of the system changes that allow launching the scanner automatically, displaying subscription pop-ups, or causing the browser’s redirects to purchase the website. 

Max Utilities malware download
Max Utilities free trial is typically distributed as a part of freeware bundle

Max Utilities malware download
Max Utilities free trial is typically distributed as a part of freeware bundle

If you cannot remove Max Utilities from your machine because there’s no uninstaller, take advantage of a robust anti-malware tool. Most of the AV engines[4] are capable of detecting this application as it has been included in the PUP database some time ago. If nevertheless, you are determined to initiate Max Utilities removal manually, our security experts have submitted a step-by-step tutorial explaining how to deal with potentially unwanted applications successfully. 

Once you remove Max Utilities from the machine, we strongly recommend recovering Windows registries and other components that might be negatively affected by this doubtful application. For this purpose, you can rely on Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego repair tool. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

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It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

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