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.
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 generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by Assist Point'):
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- What is Assist Point?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Assist Point application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Assist Point adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Assist Point ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Assist Point' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Assist Point ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Assist Point adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Assist Point", select this entry and click "Remove".
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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the assist point adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Assist Point".
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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the assist point adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
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