What is Maxthon.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the Maxthon.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Maxthon.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Maxthon
Maxthon.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Maxthon Cloud Browser or Maxthon Web Browser or Maxthon Browser or Maxthon3

belongs to software Maxthon Cloud Browser or Maxthon Application or Maxthon Browser or Maxthon2 or Maxthon2 Browser

by Maxthon International ltd or Maxthon International (

Description: Maxthon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Maxthon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 257,816 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 265,640 bytes and 22 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. It is digitally signed. The program has no visible window. The Maxthon.exe file is a Verisign signed file. Maxthon.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You may also uninstall the software Maxthon Cloud Browser or Maxthon 3 using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program), visit the website or update to a possibly bug-fixed version.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Maxthon.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Maxthon.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Web Browswer
  Jukemaster   (further information)
Internet Browser
  Aron48   (further information)
Internet Browser. Safer than installed Internet Explorer.
Internet Browser
  Sawyer Shepard  
junkware pre-installed by lenova, constantly updates itsefl and breaks my default app settings

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Maxthon.exe: based on 9 votes with 6 user comments. 4 users think Maxthon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Maxthon issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Maxthon. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Maxthon.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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