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[SPYWARE] Maxthon - web browser

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:35 am
by Ennovy
[Moderator note: this is the primary Maxathon program thread. The database entry is no longer visible due to privacy concerns.]


Today maxthon 2.0 has been officially released.
I have been testing it and the first impression is that it is a great browser.
Much better then the previous version, but:

I am afraid it is no longer portable. :x

I found several entries in the registry and a (until now) empty folder in the user profile directory.

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:35 am
by Andrew Lee
The folder under user profile (MxBoost) seems to remain empty for me as well.

I didn't find anything in the registry that stands out. The settings seems to be written to the app folder under "shared account" mode.

The biggie is when I tried to access the "Maxthon SetupCenter", it appears blank. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. Maybe it could be the Win2K machine that I was using.

Also it crashed a couple of times when I was using it. Doesn't seem very stable. I will stick with the "classic" version for now.

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:11 am
by Ennovy
I use Windows XP and have no problems with the Maxthon setup center.

At first it crashed sometimes, but now I have no problems anymore. Perhaps not all bugs have been fixed yet.

I found traces in the registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/

I used the install, copy folder and uninstall method and then ran the application using sandboxie.

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:57 am
by Ennovy
I was searching in the Maxthon forum and found this posting: ... l=portable

The forum moderator says that:
No info other than the location where M2 is installed is entered in user branch of registry.
Also about copy Maxthon2 folder to USB drive:
Both Maxthon1 and Maxthon2 have always been portable in this way, all files are contained in the folderstructure below the main folder, and they do not require any special registry settings, so yes, it's offically portable. (by design I might add)
( ... t+settings)

That's fine for me.
Only thing now is that the final version is not stable enough.

Maxthon Classic 1.6.5 Update

Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:46 pm
by Schumi 053

Re: Maxthon Classic 1.6.5 Update

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:27 am
by guinness
Maxthon 3 is in-development and it looks a little similar to another Portable browser ... Opera.

Question: Whats the difference between V1 & V2? Can't see the major differences on the website.

Re: Maxthon Classic 1.6.5 Update

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:13 am
by joby_toss
I used Maxthon 2 for a while, some time ago, and I was very happy with it.
I don't know exactly why I'm not using it anymore. I guess I'm more like an Opera man (it does 99% of what I need 99% of the time).
As I also have Firefox, Chrome, Iron, SeaMonkey as backups, I don't see why I wouldn't take Maxthon 3 for a spin (and indeed it looks alot like Opera).
Let's check it out! :)

Re: Maxthon Classic 1.6.5 Update

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:10 am
by guinness
It writes to %APPDATA% It might look a bit like Opera but it sure doesn't act like Opera. I'm not testing an further!

Re: Maxthon Classic 1.6.5 Update

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:23 pm
by joby_toss
Yeap, not portable; yet! :wink:

Maxthon Portable Listing

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:32 pm
by JohnTHaller
We just finished working with the Maxthon guys on Maxthon Portable and I was debating how to do the listing on PFC. There's a very old version of Maxthon Classic listed in PFC already. It's old enough that I don't believe it is supported any longer and this new release should replace it. But I just wanted to double-check to ensure no one would mind dropping the discontinued 'classic' version.

New official Maxthon Portable:

Re: Maxthon Portable Listing

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:35 pm
by infimum
What did the Maxthon guys say about the Classic version?

Re: Maxthon Portable Listing

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:14 pm
by JohnTHaller
Maxthon 2 is still available, but Maxthon 3 is the main version now and the one promoted on their homepage. I didn't check until now, but the 1.x version isn't even available on anymore.

So, come to think of it, PFC probably shouldn't be listing the 1.x version anymore.

UPDATE: I switched it over to the current official Maxthon Portable. 1.x is no longer supported and is unavailable for download.

Maxthon Portable - web browser

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:28 pm
by lautrepay
User Oufti (thanks!) pointed out that a portable version of Maxthon is available in the offical site. I've downloaded it; the settings are stored in the application folder and it's apparently stealth.
In case that someone can confirm that I think it deserves the main entry (nothing against version; just to maintain coherence).

Re: Maxthon Portable

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:24 am
by JohnTHaller
We're chatting with our Maxthon team in France about switching it over to the PAF version instead. Maxthon's first portable release is a bit clunky to say the least. It's a 7-Zip (instead of a zip or portable installer), so you can't even extract it without first getting 7-Zip Portable. And there's no EXE in the root directory, which can be confusing to some users. Paths break internally for specific settings as everything is stored as full paths, too. For some reason, it's also only English and Simplified Chinese, instead of the full set of languages that Maxthon Portable on is.

Re: Maxthon Portable

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:51 pm
by webfork
Instructions for natively portable version:
  1. Visit the home page:
  2. Download link is on the middle-right side of the screen "Portable Version Download"
  3. Extract using 7-zip to a folder of your choice
  4. Run Bin/Maxathon.exe

Old Message:

Not sure how to react: I definitely like when developers put out natively portable software, but this is kind of a mixed bag. Obviously the extract instructions are more complicated than PA, but there's a dramatic size difference.

Compressed: 23.1 megs (PA version is 31 according to their page)
Uncompressed: 76.7 (PA version is 55 according to our page)