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Ads by Assist Point

Also Known As: Assist Point adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Assist Point removal instructions

What is Assist Point?

Created by SuperWeb LLC, Assist Point is a potentially unwanted browser add-on claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience by enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and other similar features. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, be aware that Assist Point is classed as adware. These associations are made due to a deceptive free software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) employed by Assist Point to infiltrate Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent. Following successful infiltration, Assist Point delivers intrusive advertisements such as banners, pop-ups, interstitial, transitional, full-page, and other similar ads that mostly redirect users to bogus websites, and thus causing further computer infections.

Assist Point adware

Furthermore, Assist Point tracks Internet browsing activity and collects various information that may contain personally identifiable details. For example: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine users' geo-locations), websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, unique identifier numbers, etc. Having Assist Point installed on your computer can lead to serious privacy issues. The developers of this rogue app have released several hundred potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) identical to Assist Point. These plug-ins (for example, Plain Savings, Coupon Time, and Chart Choosing) provide no real value for the user - they are developed to generate revenue by the display of ads and sharing collected information with third parties. You are strongly advised to uninstall this adware from your system immediately.

Recently, most adware was distributed via small programs called 'installers' (also called 'download managers', 'download clients', etc.) on freeware download websites including download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com. Installers offer installation of additional programs together with freeware to monetize these websites' free services and traffic. Although it is stated that these promoted apps are legitimate, reckless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware. To prevent this situation, pay close attention to each step of the free software download procedure and ensure that no other applications are included. Furthermore, downloaded software should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to cancel them. If you have installed Assist Point, and you observe ads generated by this adware, the following guidelines will help you to eliminate this problem from your system.

Deceptive free software installers used in Assist Point adware distribution:

assist point adware installer sample 2 Assist Point Adware Installer

Assist Point adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by Assist Point'):

Ads by Assist Point Assist Point generating intrusive online ads Advertisements generated by Assist Point Assist Point Ads

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Quick menu:

Assist Point 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.

Assist Point adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Assist Point adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Assist Point 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 "Assist Point", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Assist Point ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the assist point adware, 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 Assist Point  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Assist Point", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Assist Point ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the assist point adware, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Assist Point 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 "Assist Point".

Removing Assist Point ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with assist point adware 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the assist point adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove assist point adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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