Search Assistant WebSearch Description
Search Assistant WebSearch is a Potentially Unwanted Program that is associated with the Search Assistant WebSearch search engine. There have been complaints that Search Assistant WebSearch has replaced computer users' default search engine and homepage. When installed, the Search Assistant WebSearch toolbar is added to the victim's Web browser. This unwanted toolbar is designed to deliver sponsored search results and advertisements to its victims. Using the Search Assistant WebSearch toolbar, shady marketers and software developers can generate advertising revenue which, when all added up, can be quite significant. While these types of toolbars can be used to help support software developers creating or distributing freeware, the main problem is that computer users often do not have the capacity to avoid their effects. Because of this, ESG security researchers strongly advise against installing the Search Assistant WebSearch toolbar or using the Search Assistant WebSearch search engine.
Search Assistant WebSearch's Characteristics and Symptoms
Computer users affected by Search Assistant WebSearch have reported that this potentially unwanted program causes the appearance of pop-up advertisements and significantly affects the infected computer's online connection. Although Search Assistant WebSearch is marketed as a convenient way of carrying out online searches, there are numerous issues associated with this browser hijacker, including the following:
- Search Assistant WebSearch may be difficult to remove completely, often requiring the manual removal of certain components and system modifications and the aid of a reliable anti-malware program.
- Search Assistant WebSearch may be associated with other types of infections.
- Search Assistant WebSearch may affect your computer's performance, making it slower or prone to crashing. Search Assistant WebSearch may also cause the affected computer to display various error messages and pop-up windows.
The Best Way to Remove the Search Assistant WebSearch Toolbar
ESG security analysts first recommend removing Search Assistant WebSearch manually. Once this is done, it will be necessary to undo any unwanted changes made to your computer's settings, including your Web browser's homepage and default search engine. ESG malware analysts then advise using a reliable anti-malware program to run a full scan of your computer to ensure that the Search Assistant WebSearch toolbar and its associated search engine have not exposed your computer to other PC infections. To prevent similar PC infections, ESG security researchers advise following safe online browsing guidelines and always using a fully updated anti-malware program.
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Solutions: Your computer may have malware hiding in memory that prevents any program, including SpyHunter, from executing on your computer. Follow to download SpyHunter and gain access to the Internet:
- Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
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