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How to Get Rid of As by Search Assist? (Adware Removal Guide)

 

My browser will take random words and hyperlink them as ‘search assist’ advertisements. I think I got it from Cnet.com somehow and I don’t know how to remove it.

In this article, we will guide you to remove Search Assist and stop ads by Search Assist from popping up in your web browser.

 

 

What Is Search Assist?

 

 

Search Assist is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that generally referred to as adware. It is mainly promoted via other free downloads, such as download-manager, video streaming/recording and PDF creator, although it can be downloaded and installed willingly from its official website. That’s why you are unaware of how and when it invaded your computer.

Once installed, Search Assist will add extension or plugin to your installed web browser so that it can serve ads for partnered ad providers. Search Assist will turn random words on web pages into hyperlinks, which lead to advertisements. When your mouse pointer hover over those hyperlinked words, ads labeled with Search Assist will pop up. In this way, those who developed Search Assist can cumulate lead for those sponsored websites and get pay-per-click revenue.

Search Assist ads

 

When Search Assist settles on your computer, you will experience slow and lagged web browsers, browser crash. Worse still, this program is also known to exploit your firewall and open ports for other malicious programs, viruses and Trojans. You’d better remove it as soon as possible for your own sake.

 

 

How to Remove Search Assist and Stop Ads by Search Assist?

 

                                                                                                            

Outline of the removal guide:

     Step 1 > Run a system scan to remove malicious files

     Step 2 > Uninstall Search Assist from your computer

     Step 3 > Remove Search Assist extension, plugin and add-on from IE/FF/Chrome

Optional Troubleshot—Remove Search Assist from your computer and web browser with Cloud System Booster

     Recommended—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

     Malware Prevention Tips

                                                                                                            

 

 

Step 1 > Run a system scan to remove malicious files by Search Assist

 

Search Assist creates malicious files and overwrites registry entries when get installed. And it may exposes your computer to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Smart Defender from the link below.

Anvi Smart Defender free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

 

2. Launch Anvi Smart Defender → click on the gear icon → check the Scan rootkits item → click on the Apply and OK button to complete the setting

ASD-settings

 

3. Go to Scan tap → perform a Full Scan to detect malicious files → after the scan completes, click on the Remove button

FoxyLyrics-Anvi Smart Defender scan result

 

 

Step 2 > Uninstall Search Assist from your computer

 

For Windows 8 Users:

Move mouse pointer to the bottom right corner of the screen.

Go to Charms bar Settings Control Panel Uninstall a program

Uninstall Search Assist and related malicious programs

 

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features

Uninstall Search Assist and related malicious programs

 

For Windows XP Users:

Go to Start button >  Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs

Remove Search Assist and related malicious programs

 

 

Step 3 > Remove Search Assist extension, plugin and add-on from IE/FF/Chrome

 

If you are still encountering pop-up ads by Search Assist after removing Search Assist and relate malicious programs, you should go through the following guides to check your browser and remove Search Assist leftovers on your web browser.

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on Search Assist and any other suspicious extensions → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

IE manage add-on

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

To remove extensions and plugins: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove suspicious extensions (Search Assist)

Firefox-Add-ons

Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins

 

For Google Chrome Users:

To remove extension: Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) > Tools > Extensions → locate Search Assist and any unwanted or unknown extension → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

Chrome-Extensions

 

 

Optional Troubleshoot—Remove Search Assist from your computer and web browser with Cloud System Booster

 

To remove Search Assist and stop Search Assist ads automatically, you only need to download and install Cloud System Booster, a system cleaner and optimizer.

 

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

 

1. Uninstall Search Assist with Anvi Uninstaller

 

Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.

 

Launch Cloud System Booster → go to Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → scroll down the Recently Installed list and locate Search Assist or any suspicious program → hit Uninstall to remove

Cloud System Booster-Anvi Uninstaller

 

Please note that the Prefect Scan feature is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

Cloud System Booster purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. Remove Search Assist browser extension and plugins

 

Slim Toolbar featured in Cloud System Booster enables you to manage toolbars and extentions on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome simultaneously.

 

Click on the up arrow on the Home tab of Cloud System Booster to go to Slim Toolbar, then remove all the suspicious extensions and plugins.

Cloud System Booster-Slim Toolbar

 

When you are not on the Home tab, you can find Toolbar Manager on the right side.

Cloud System Booster 3.1-toolbar manager

Click-N-Mark extension remove

 

 

Recommended—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

 

Please note that after uninstall malicious programs, there will be many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.

 

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on Quick Care button to scan and clear residual files.

Cloud System Booster 3.1-home

 

3. Click on Clear button when scan finished.

Cloud System Booster 3.1-Clear

 

 

Malware Prevention Tips                     

 

1. Keep an eye on what you are agree to install and do not just click on Next blindly.

As mentioned above, Search Assist sneaks into your computer by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.

 

2. Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser.

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you may need to check if the available security settings of your web browser are on. You can view Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for tutorial.

 

3. Keep a professional antivirus or antimalware program on and perform system scan regularly.

Adware like Search Assist may lead you to malicious websites and your computer may be exposed to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

ASD

 

There is an Anvi Ad Blocker integrated in Anvi Smart Defender, which can block malicious URLs, phishing websites, pop-up/flash ads as well as your unwanted websites that cannot be distinguished and detected by the browser itself. If you are pro version user of Anvi Smart Defender, it is free to use for you. Also, you can download its trial version to create you a clean and secure online environment.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (expires in 15 days)