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Remove SearchAssist.net (Improved Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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SearchAssist.net search engine might not be that trustworthy 

The picture of SearchAssist.net browser hijacker

SearchAssist.net is one of those search engines that can be set to appear on victim's browser without user's permission or knowledge. In the official website, developers offer to install SearchAssist.me plugin and use their services. However, if it were the one and the only distribution method, we wouldn’t be talking about this app.

This browser plugin or website may appear on your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox after one careless software installation accident[1]. This browser hijacker spreads hidden in the software packages, and you can easily experience SearchAssist.net hijack when rushing with the installation of the new program.

Once inside your PC, it alters all your browsers’ settings and forces you to see this domain every time you decide to browse the Internet. Even though it looks like an ordinary search engine and might resemble a well-known Google, you should not trust it as much as the search giant.

This shady program is capable of modifying search results. That means that instead of organic results, you may find lots of sponsored links and ads. NoVirus.uk experts[2] explain that the hijacker communicates with Trovi redirect virus to serve sponsored results and collect users' search queries.

At the moment of writing, the final page that the victim gets landed on after visiting Trovi.com is Bing. However, cybersecurity specialists have already warned users that it may be just temporary and shady modifications with serious consequences may show up any minute. In no time, you need to remove SearchAssist.net virus from your computer.

So-called virus (which in reality is rather a browser hijacker than a virus) may not only play with your search results but also bombard you with various pop-up ads[3] and may even track your browsing habits[4] in order to get more knowledge about your activity on the Internet.

If you have thought that SearchAssist.net redirect activity is harmless, you should think again because such information as search terms, most visited websites, time that is spent on each of them, data that is entered, etc. may reveal a little bit too much about you.

SearchAssist.net virusSearchAssist.net virus redirects user to Trovi before landing him on Bing search results page filled with ads.

That's why we highly recommend keeping it private. For full SearchAssist.net removal, you should waste no time and scan your PC with updated anti-spyware, for instance ReimageIntego. We recommend opting for automatic elimination instead of manual because it’s the quickest and easiest way to investigate computer’s system.

It might take ages looking for potentially dangerous components that may be related to the browser hijacker without any help. However, if you feel capable and having enough skills, you can try manual removal option which was created by our experts.

Currently known versions of SearchAssist

MyPrivacyAssistant.com virus. MyPrivacyAssistant search will be set as your default one if you install a suspicious program that is widely known as a “browser hijacker.” Just like the initial version, it aims to serve sponsored search results collected from various ad networks.

What is more, My Privacy Assistant gathers search results from Trovi, which is an infamous provider of modified search results. It's best to avoid these search tools if you want to enjoy secure browsing sessions. To remove these programs, you might need to use anti-spyware software since they tend to hide themselves in the computer system to protect themselves from unexpected removal.

Users install unwanted browser extensions without realizing it

Just like any other potentially unwanted program, SearchAssist.net virus spreads around using “bundling.”[5] Unfortunately but we can't say what programs have been involved in its distribution. That's why you should try to be careful when downloading ANY free application.

The first thing that you have to remember is that you should dedicate some time for reading end user's license agreement, privacy policy and similar information about your free program. If you decided that everything is clear, make sure you select Custom or Advanced installation method of the freeware.

This method will help you to see what “optional” components are trying to get inside your PC system. Please, opt out of this and similar unknown search engines, browser add-ons[6], toolbars, plugins, and extensions.

Efficient ways to complete SearchAssist.net removal

Earlier we have mentioned that manual SearchAssist.net removal requires exploring affected computer’s system. Below you can find guidelines how to do it. Make sure you remove all hijacker-related components and fix all web browsers. If you leave something, you may experience another hijack.

What is more, don't forget to fix your web browsers. The hijacker is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox; however, we recommend checking other browsers as well. If you have no experience in such activities, we highly recommend opting for automatic removal.

Not only this method saves times but also assures that all PUPs and malicious components are deleted from the machine. To remove SearchAssist.net automatically, you have to install the anti-spyware program, update it and run a full system scan.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove SearchAssist.net, follow these steps:

Erase SearchAssist.net from Windows systems

The step-by-step guide below will help you to uninstall SearchAssist.net from the computer manually. Make sure you locate and delete all hijacker-related files and folders.You can never be sure what other PUPs might have been installed without your knowledge.

To remove SearchAssist.net from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to SearchAssist.net (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of SearchAssist.net from Mac OS X system

Remove SearchAssist.net from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for SearchAssist.net-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove SearchAssist.net, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to SearchAssist.net and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the SearchAssist.net-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete SearchAssist.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

After SearchAssist.net hijack you may find some unknown add-ons on the Internet Explorer. Of course, you have to delete them. Below you will find instructions how to reset your browser.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for SearchAssist.net and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete SearchAssist.net removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate SearchAssist.net from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the SearchAssist.net-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall SearchAssist.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Sometimes browser hijackers install various extensions without asking users' permission. Hence, check the list of extensions and make sure your Mozilla Firefox is free from suspicious entries. Then, reset your browser as shown below:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to SearchAssist.net and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case SearchAssist.net did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete SearchAssist.net removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove SearchAssist.net from Google Chrome

Google Chrome is often attacked by browser hijackers. Therefore, after SearchAssist.net hijack you may find suspicious extensions or toolbars installed on it as well. Remove them and reset browser's settings.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to SearchAssist.net by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like SearchAssist.net in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the SearchAssist.net-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete SearchAssist.net removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase SearchAssist.net from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to SearchAssist.net and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of SearchAssist.net registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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  1. Janet says:
    February 3rd, 2017 at 8:34 am

    It looked like a realiable search engine. I cant believe it! It seems that I have to remove this search engine…

  2. Kalev says:
    February 3rd, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I was looking for a new search engine as well. You know, I just thought I would like to try something new. I have been using searchassist.net for few months, and I noticed some strange ads popping up. Now I realised that I shouldnt have tolerated them. Ive just recently heard that hackers can infect ads and spread viruses, and tools like this help them. Its horrible!

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