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Update: Superfish and Maxthon

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Dear Friend of Maxthon,

 This note is an update on Superfish, how it works, its relationship to Maxthon browsers and what we are doing to mitigate any issues related to it.  Our engineering team has spent a good bit of time examining Superifsh and  how it interacts with Maxthon.

Here is what we learned.

Superfish is malvertising software that Lenovo pro-actively pre-installed on several consumer PC product lines in 2013 and 2014. Its purpose is to control part of your web browsing and serve you advertising. It is designed to intercept all encrypted connections, things it shouldn’t be able to see. Superfish accomplishes this in an insecure way that leaves the system open to hackers or NSA-style spies. For example, it can spy on your private bank connections.

 The function that intercepts and replaces encrypted connections within Superfish is known as a “SSL hijacker,” Specifically the Komodia Redirector with SSL Digestor.  This SSL hijacker was created by an Israeli company called Komodia. An SSL hijacker opens up a HUGE security hole — effectively creating a ‘man in the middle’ attack on your machine. Superfish uses this hole to install its own root CA certificate in your Windows system. From that point on Superfish intercepts each SSL site certificate and swaps it out with a copy of its own that allows access to serve ads. SuperFish’s advertising works by injecting JavaScript code into web-pages. This can wreak havoc with websites, breaking them.

Even if you don’t have a Lenovo consumer PC your PC might have this vulnerability because Komodia sold this technology to other malware companies including:

  • Atom Security
  • Infoweise
  • Komodia (KeepMyFamilySecure)
  • Kurupira (Webfilter)
  • Lavasoft (Ad-Aware Web Companion)
  • Qustodia and Websecure LTD (Easy Hide IP Classic)

Now, Only the traffic from the browser to the SuperFish internal proxy uses the website’s certificate. The traffic on the Internet still uses the normal website’s certificate, so we can’t tell if a machine is infected by SuperFish by looking at this traffic.

However, SuperFish makes queries to additional webpages to download JavaScript. 

And this is where Maxthon enters the picture.  

Due to the way we handle javascript requests in our browser, Maxthon’s PC browser unintentionally triggers a false positive on the Superfish test. In most cases running the test on other browsers on your system will not. If you find yourself in a position where Maxthon is said to be insecure  and Chrome (on the same machine) is not, do not worry.  If you get positives from all browsers, you likely have Superfish.

To repeat: the way Maxthon browsers retrieve javascript can trigger a false positive during a Superfish detection test saying your system is at risk.  Even though our browsers remain as secure as the best in the industry, we recognize the severity of this bug and have elevated it to the top of the line – P1 importance.

We are working on a fix for it as we speak and will update all affected browsers via a required browser update when complete.

In the meantime, if you have not already, please take a couple of minutes to test your Windows PC for the presence of Superfish.  Use the link for a simple and fast test.

If you do determine you have Superfish, you will need to both uninstall the .exe AND manually remove the bogus CA certificate.  This link will show you how remove it completely.

Thank-you for your continued support of Maxthon.  We’ll keep you informed of any changes.

-Team Maxthon

Freedom and the Web: How does Maxthon Use Your Personal Information?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Freedom and the Web

How does Maxthon Use Your Personal Information?

Here at Maxthon, we understand the need for privacy and how important it is to our users. So before we jump into a broader ‘Privacy 101’ series of articles we thought it wise to share with you what Maxthon products do regarding data collection and how we as a company manage that data.

We may collect some personal information in order to personalize your web browsing experience while understanding you better as a consumer. This information can be used to better understand your needs and wants, and enable us to provide software updates and product announces.  In that way we are no different from any other web browser.

We understand many users want to keep this information and browsing history private and secure. Maxthon strongly believes that your browsing history is your business. This is why we take a number of steps to ensure our users feel like their web browsing experience is their own and isn’t being shared with the world.

Here are a few ways Maxthon has approached privacy and what we use user’s personal information for:


We DO NOT use or disclose information about your individual use of Maxthon or information that you may give us, such as your name, address, email address or telephone number, to any outside companies or governmental agencies.

Geo-Location Information:

Some Devices allow applications to access real-time location-based information (for example, GPS). Our applications do not collect such information.  


Maxthon collects some information (ourselves or using third party services) using logging and cookies, which can sometimes be correlated with Personal Information. We use this information for the above purposes and to monitor and analyze use of  our browsers,  to increase their functionality and ease of use, and to verify users have the authorization needed for the Service to process their requests.

Your Use:

We will display your Personal Information in your profile page and elsewhere on our Services according to the preferences you set in your account. Any information you choose to provide should reflect how much you want others to know about you.

Changing or Deleting Your Information:

If you are a registered user, you may review, update and correct the Personal Information provided in your registration or account profile by changing your “account settings.” To delete your account you will need to email a request to us.  (This is to prevent losing your account and data should you experience identity theft.)

Data Retention:

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services, you may request to delete your account.

We deeply care about our users and their privacy, making it one of our stop priorities when using Maxthon as your browser. For more information about our Privacy Policy, please click here.

Karl Mattson
Vice President of Maxthon

NEXT WEEK: How Does Maxthon Protect Users from Online Threats and Viruses? 

Maxthon Extends International Facebook Presence: Maxthon Fan Pages

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Maxthon has awesome fans allover the world who started to disseminate news about Maxthon through instantiating Maxthon Facebook fan pages in their local languages. Do you speak any of the following languages? Russian, Taiwanese, Czech, Dutch, French or Polish…Go ahead and like our fans’ Facebook pages – there are more to come – keep in touch!

Czech Republic
The Netherlands
Spain Maxthon Mobile Espagna

Taiwanese Maxthon Facebook Fan PageGo to Maxthon’s Official Facebook Page

Share Your Maxthon Success Story

Monday, October 24th, 2011








One of the great things about creating products for an international audience is the feedback you receive from people throughout the world. Those responses are a source of inspiration: the support guides us in our quest for excellence and community, two things that define Maxthon’s success.

In this spirit of openness and solidarity, we encourage you to share your stories about Maxthon. Let’s move forward in strength and partnership.


Creating an Internationally Successful Brand: The Maxthon Phenomenon

Monday, August 29th, 2011

There are two principal views about marketing. The first school of thought treats branding almost solely as a means of selling a product: the more my message resonates with you, the buying public, and the more often my slogan or jingle or TV commercial stays at the forefront of your mind, the greater the likelihood I will sell you more “stuff.” Whether that stuff is good or whether it is merely a widget, an interchangeable product or service that exists purely to generate cash, is, for this group, irrelevant. The second school of thought is the exact opposite; it believes that marketing is the essence of sincere communication, and that people may listen to a lot of concepts but they will quickly determine if the message matches reality. Think of the first group as an organization that controls the entire marketing campaign, preventing any outside criticism and quashing any attempt to deivate from the party line.

The problem with this theory is that no company can control its marketing; the Internet – the microsites, blogs, chat groups, message boards and pages upon pages of social media – makes this task impossible. And yet, some companies still try to overrule criticism — they express shock when consumers do not kneel before the idol of Mediocrity.

The second group, which consists of companies that welcome the free form nature of the Internet, understands the most fundamental rule of communications: no one can control the message; you can shape it, you can influence it, but you cannot impose your will on a global community. More to the point, if you have a good product – if your service is exceptional – then your message will be effective. Period.

Maxthon embodies this principle, which explains our success with people throughout the world. This statement is not a reason to become complacent, since we must never forsake our commitment to developing the very best products and services. But we do want to thank our users, the men and women who continue to advance our cause, because this passion is the ultimate proof of successful marketing. Let us go forward to even greater achievements in the months ahead!

Transforming Legal Research, Part Two

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

As a non-practicing attorney, I know one absolute truth about the legal profession: it is an exercise in exhausative research, backed by analysis, precedent, scholarly articles and a serious investment in time. The Internet has transformed the manner by which attorneys find this information, or the speed with which they can readily and affordably download this material, but that convenience raises a new set of challenges. Specifically, online research depends on the quality of the Internet browser people use. For attorneys, that browser should be – no, it must be – a tool worthy of the best standards of safety, reliability, innovation and ease of use.

In writing about these requirements, I understand that Maxthon recognizes these facts, too. That is, other browsers may not view the legal market as important or influential, but serving this audience raises the bar (pun intended) for everyone. Remember: legal research often involves confidential data and the ability to review pages upon pages of text; the only way to access this data safely and read these documents comfortably is with a browser that accommodates the needs of lawyers throughout the world. In turn, the endorsements will follow — they have followed!

Maxthon is an excellent browser for this very reason: it gives attorneys – it gives all people – a smart way to get online, with convenience and customizable features. Those benefits speak to the success of Maxthon and its popularity among lawyers and their staff.

Maxthon and the World Community

Monday, July 25th, 2011

When you work with a team of professionals who share the same goal, then excellence becomes a reality. A trite saying, perhaps, even an obvious one; but the essence of success – in business or any other endeavor – starts with a belief in creating great products. Not merely good products or acceptable products, or products that generate sales or just make profits. No, products that become a global phenomenon: products that have the highest credibility, thanks to word of mouth marketing and independent critical acclaim, and give us all a platform for achieving our ambitions. That’s how I think of the people who work at Maxthon — talented individuals who seek to develop products that are innovative and effective.

This commitment to excellence is part of a broader effort to consistently improve (and improve some more) products and services that are already symbols of the highest quality. You can see these benefits by using Maxthon and Maxthon Mobile, which enjoy the support of users worldwide. By the standard, Maxthon is a leader worthy of respect. Let us aspire to the same ambitions elsewhere.

Jeff Chen: An Innovator with a Passion for Technology

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Lasting change is the result of many factors, but there is always a catalyst: some person or event, which galvanizes the public and transforms behavior. Few companies have the privilege of launching such a movement – Apple is one, Microsoft another – but there is always room for further evolution. For Jeff Chen, this sense of urgency – the belief that information should be accessible and intelligible – is at the center of the most important event in the recent history of modern technology: the creation of a better Internet browser; the rise of Maxthon International.

Jeff is, in many respects, a classic example of the inventor-as-entrepreneur (or vice versa), someone who sees a need – the demand for a better browser – and creates a solution. Such people are at the heart of the revolution in technology, a situation where individuals create the products they want – the innovations consumers value – and realign an entire industry. Maxthon is the embodiment of this ideal: a fast, efficient and easy to use browser, which is also a global phenomenon.

For this international community of users, Jeff’s dedication is a point of respect and distinction; he symbolizes the belief, one we share with equal passion, which puts technology directly in the hands of people who share ideas, trade stories and spread the word about new products. Most importantly, Jeff is accessible; he wants to hear – no, we all want to read – your stories about using the Maxthon browser, because your support is crucial to constantly improving the ease with which we use the Internet.

Consider this post an experession of thanks from all of us here at Maxthon. And to Jeff, we salute his hard work and enthusiasm.