SearchAssist adware is a redirect installed by browser hijackers in your Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Such hijacker are part of a download client that comes with free programs distributed over the web or part of an adware program installed on your computer. You may agree to install SearchAssist by yourself if you believe that it offers some value. More often, SearchAssist is deceptively installed without your knowledge and true consent. SearchAssist is not malicious, and anti-virus software usually do not warn you on this potential threat while assuming that computer users read all the information placed in a download client. In fact, many users just keep clicking on buttons without taking a close look at screen contents. Later they often think that SearchAssist is virus and want to remove it. The first is not true, and the last is a good idea because web pages that look like search engines and used for link promotion present potential threat to your security and privacy.
SearchAssist installation is often deceptive because this adware is promoted as one that will improve your search experience. It is likely that you will not even notice SearchAssist presence because the announcement about this optional program is not separated from other information and looks like a part of a free program that you had download. SearchAssist is set for automatic installation, and if you do not disable it, then SearchAssist replaces your default search engine or/and homepage with a different web address used for making money on a deceptive link promotion and advertising.
SearchAssist has a component installed as a Windows application and components installed as SearchAssist BHO (browser helper objects), extension, or add-on in your Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. However, SearchAssist redirect might be set without installing any components on your computer or set by other affiliated adware programs. If you want to get rid of the redirect to SearchAssist and remove ads that it runs in your web browser, then you need to uninstall SearchAssist application and remove extensions related to SearchAssist from your web browsers if they are present. Then you need to change browser settings and restore your preferred ones.
You can manually remove SearchAssist or use SpyHunter for automated removal and protection against future infections. This security tool is reliable in malware detection and free scanner offers a lot of useful information for malware removal.
What is SearchAssist?
SearchAssist is a program and web browser extension that offers some help in finding books online, but it is monetized by spreading adware and search redirect to Ask.com that is unexpected addition to many users that install this program. While the program and the redirect are not malicious, people barely like unexpectedly be redirected away from preferred search engines to different ones, and such redirect often are a surprise for users that download SearchAssist from its website or get it with other free programs. Adware is not a welcome stuff, and that is why it comes in a deceptive way without sufficient warning. If you want to avoid installing unwanted programs like SearchAssist, then you need to be careful or keep your installations monitored with programs like Spy Hunter that is designed to protect computers against malicious programs and generally unwanted commercial adware that is seldom addressed by other anti-virus vendors.
Protection against deceptively installed hijacker:
Your attention and careful look at download clients and setup wizards that list optional software bundled to the program you get are important. It might be a lot easier for you to prevent installing adware if you use anti-malware with real-time protection like SpyHunter. Pay attention to marked check boxes since SearchAssist is set for an automatic installation along with a free program. Use “custom” installation option, that lists installed components, instead of “typical” that hides them along with adware components being installed.
SearchAssist Adware Removal ToolSearchAssist Removal Tool is a part of SpyHunter that easily remove SearchAssist and other malicious programs found on your computer. It detects all malicious elements and tracking cookies related to SearchAssist malware. Free scanner shows you all the details and helps to delete SearchAssist components manually if you want. This software is timely updated and offers a free professional support for removing mutating viruses. It helps to remove stubborn PUP (potentially unwanted programs) and spyware, protects DNS connection, your web browsers, ActiveX components, and other system elements form malware infection. SpyHunter helps to guard your computer against SearchAssist and other threats. It protects your security and privacy.
Remove SearchAssist Manually
For manual removal you need to uninstall SearchAssist related adware programs using “Add/Remove programs” system utility. Then you need to remove all suspicious web browser extensions and reset your web browsers home page and new tab to different address other than hxxp://searchassist.me. Plugin removal is optional and depends on what other adware programs were installed along with free programs.
Use the following guide for removing SearchAssist from your computer. Then scan it with antivirus and anti-spyware programs for removing other threats that infected your computer. Samples of needed products you can find on the sidebar.
Uninstall SearchAssist on Windows 8
- On Metro screen click on "Search" icon. Then, type "Remove Program" in the input box and click on "Uninstall a program" menu option.
- Select "SearchAssist" program and click "Uninstall" button at the top of the list.
Optional: If on a desktop, right click "Start" button (or the lower left corner) to open the "Quick Access Menu". Then find and click on "Programs and Features"
Optional: Click on "Control Panel" option. Find and click "Uninstall a Program" link in the menu list placed under "Programs" menu option.
Uninstall SearchAssist on Windows 7, Vista
- Click on "Start" button at the bottom left corner of the desktop and select "Control Panel" option on the right
- Click on "Programs and Features" menu option in the Control Panel
- Search the program list and highlight SearchAssist program. Then, click "Uninstall" button and confirm program removal.
Uninstall SearchAssist on Windows XP
Uninstalling SearchAssist from Windows XP is very similar to one shown above. There are minor differences in a process:
- Click on "Start" button at the bottom left corner of the desktop.
- Select "Control Panel" in the menu on the right
- Find and double-click "Add/Remove Programs" list item in the Control Panel
- Search the program list and click on SearchAssist program. Then, click "Remove" button.
Remove SearchAssist from Chrome
Remove SearchAssist extensions from Google Chrome
- Start Google Chrome and click on Menu icon in the top-right corner. Select Settings in the drop down list.
- Click on Extensions on the left to display installed Chrome extensions. Find SearchAssist extension and click on "Remove from Chrome" icon.
- Restart your browser.
Remove searchassist.com serarch engine address redirect from Google Chrome
- Select Settings in the drop-down menu list as shown above.
- Find "Search" and click on Manage search engines button.
- Select searchassist.com search engine and click on "Remove" icon.
- Select your preferred search engine and click Make default option.
Remove searchassist.me homepage redirect on Google Chrome
- Find "On Startup" section and click on Set pages link.
- Select searchassist.me or other unwanted address and click Remove icon.
- Select or add your preferred homepage address and click on OK button or leave google.com as your default.
Remove SearchAssist from Firefox
Remove SearchAssist add-on from Mozilla Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox and click Menu icon at the top-right corner. Click on Add-ons icon.
- Select Extensions on the sidebar. Find SearchAssist add-on. Right-click it, and then click Remove button.
- Restart Firefox to complete the removal.
Remove searchassist.com serarch redirect from Mozilla Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox and enter "about:config" in address bar and press Enter.
- In a warning box press "I'll be careful, I promise" button.
- Find and double-click on "browser.search.defaultenginename" item in the list.
- Type preferred search engine name in the box and click OKbutton.
- Type preferred URL or "about:newtab" for a blank one and click OK button.
- Restart Firefox to complete the removal.
li>Find and double-click on browser.newtab.url item in the list.
Remove SearchAssist from Internet Explorer
Remove SearchAssist extensions from Internet Explorer
- Start Internet Explorer click Tools icon in the top-right corner.
- Click on Manage add-ons option.
- Select Toolbars and Extensions tab on left, right-click on SearchAssist, and then click Disable option.
- Restart your web browser.
Replace searchassist.com with a preferred search engine for Internet Explorer
- Open Tools menu and click on Manage add-ons option as shown above.
- Click on Search Providers tab located on left side.
- Find and click on unwanted search provider name in the list of providers. Then click on Remove button.
- Find your preferred search provider and click on Set as default button.
Replace searchassist.me homepage with a preffered one for Internet Explorer
- Open Tools menu and click on Internet Options menu item.
- Open General tab, find Home page section, and replace searchassist.me with a preferred homepage address. Then click on Apply button.
Note: This manual removal procedure is quite time consuming. If your value your time, then you can save it by using SearchAssist Removal Tool instead of the manual removal and scan your system with bundled free anti-spyware program to get rid of other computer infections.
Remove SearchAssist Search Redirect Completely
Removing adware and spyware installed along with SearchAssist might be tricky since this programs are profitable and thus protected. You already learned what programs you need to remove, but it is difficult to find out how many more like programs are still left hiding somewhere on your computer. Use SpyHunter or anti-spyware that comes with removal tool for scanning your system since some threats are legitimate products like SearchAssist, and conventional anti-virus programs do not remove legitimate stuff.