Fanatical Assistant Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Fanatical Assistant
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Fanatical Assistant removal instructions

What is Fanatical Assistant?

As presented on its website, the Fanatical Assistant application supposedly gives users access to various games at the best prices. It also allows them to quickly find over 5000 games. This may seem to be a useful app, especially for people who often purchase games, however, Fanatical Assistant is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that operates as adware (ad-supportive software). Applications of this type feed users with intrusive advertisements and gather data relating to browsing activity.

Fanatical Assistant adware

Adware-type apps are mostly known for intrusive advertisements such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. Once installed, they display them through tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Generally, they conceal underlying content of visited websites and are very annoying. Furthermore, they often redirect people who click them to dubious, malicious websites. Clicking them can lead to download/installation of other unwanted applications. Many PUAs display intrusive ads and also gather browsing-related information. Typically, they target data such as URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, geo-locations, IP addresses, and so on. They might also gather personal details. PUA developers share the recorded information with third parties, potentially cyber criminals who misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, PUAs can cause problems with browsing safety, online privacy, and even identity theft. We recommend that you eliminate Fanatical Assistant and all other PUAs immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Fanatical Assistant
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus.
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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The internet is full of adware-type programs - AdsRemoved - AdBlocker & PopUp Blocker, MyPersonalPDF, and KraKraGames are just some examples of PUAs also categorized as adware. Developers usually present them as useful, legitimate, and so on, however, they provide no real value. On the contrary, most cause problems and generate revenue for their developers.

How did Fanatical Assistant install on my computer?

Fanatical Assistant is promoted through a website, however, potentially unwanted apps are often installed by users inadvertently. This happens when they click intrusive ads that should not be trusted or perform downloads and installations without paying attention to the details. Typically, people are tricked into downloading and installing unwanted apps when developers use the "bundling" method. PUAs are hidden in software download/installation settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar sections. Despite this, users commonly download and installation PUAs when they fail to check the settings and leave them unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid downloading software (especially if it is free) from dubious (unofficial) websites, using third party downloaders, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), or other such tools/channels. Download using official websites and direct links. Do not skip download or installation steps. Examine the "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", and other similar settings and opt-out of (deselect) offers to download and install unwanted apps. Only then finish installation or download process. Bear in mind that intrusive ads are often rogue. If clicked, they can open untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, and adult dating. If you encounter intrusive ads or unwanted redirects, check your browser for any unwanted extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins and remove them immediately. Also apply this to unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Fanatical Assistant, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

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Quick menu:

Fanatical Assistant adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Fanatical Assistant adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Fanatical Assistant", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Fanatical Assistant ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Fanatical Assistant adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Fanatical Assistant ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Fanatical Assistant", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Fanatical Assistant ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by fanatical assistant, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Fanatical Assistant  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Fanatical Assistant", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Fanatical Assistant ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by fanatical assistant, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Fanatical Assistant ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Fanatical Assistant".

Removing Fanatical Assistant ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by fanatical assistant removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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