This page aims to help you remove Amazon Assistant aa.hta “Virus” pretender. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you like to use Amazon for your online purchases and rely on them for the best deals and most convenient shopping experience, then you’ve likely heard of Amazon Assistant. It’s a browser extension provided by Amazon, which basically acts like your personal assistant. It can help you compare prices, be aware of the latest offers and deals on the site and even keep track of your current orders. There are a bunch of useful features that this tool can supply you with and most users are happy to work with it. However, where there’s a useful program or add-on, there’s usually a fake lurking somewhere nearby, imitating it. Just like most edible mushrooms tend to have a poisonous lookalike, Amazon Assistant has its evil doppelganger in the form of a program called Amazon Assistant aa.hta “Virus” pretender. This is not the helpful and friendly browser extension provided by Amazon and therefore, you’d be better off removing it as soon as you’re done reading this article. We’ve provided a removal guide here specifically for that purpose.
What does the Amazon Assistant aa.hta “Virus” pretender do really?
Amazon Assistant aa.hta acts as a browser hijacker and tends to change the homepage and default search engine of your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer or other popular browser. Furthermore, it also tends to initiate frequent page redirects to various sponsored pages, which can be pretty annoying and really start interfering with your regular browsing. However, users also tend to jump to the conclusion that they’ve been infected with a virus. That’s not entirely accurate. Moreover, browser hijackers like Amazon Assistant aa.hta aren’t viruses at all and possess no actual harmful traits that could damage your system. For example, they are incapable of corrupting your files, encrypting or otherwise altering them like Trojans and ransomware can do, for example. Nevertheless, there are still several aspects of programs like this, which may not make them all that desirable to keep on your system.
For one, browser hijackers are known for their ability to administer certain changes to your system’s Registry keys. Such alterations could potentially make your PC more vulnerable to external threats such as viruses and other malware. And that’s certainly not the kind of exposure you would like to have, you can trust us on that. Another thing is that programs likes this also often tend to display fake warnings and popup notifications informing you of outdated software, detected threats and other such things. On some occasions, clicking on a notification like this or following its link may land you on a malicious or shady website that may also infect you with something undesirable to say the least. Then last but not least, programs like Amazon Assistant aa.hta are also often designed to look through your browsing history and extract certain information from it that can later be used for marketing purposes. It can then be sold to third party marketing companies, for example, for additional profit. Alternatively, the developers may use it for their own advertising purposes.
How these programs get distributed
One of the main questions that users ask themselves when they find out they’ve been infected by a browser hijacker or similar program is: where did it come from? And you’re probably not going to like the answer, but chances are you probably installed it yourself, without even realizing it. Amazon Assistant aa.hta usually relies on program bundles for its distribution. For instance, you may have downloaded a program recently from an open source download site or similar file-sharing platform. The hijacker was most likely bundled in its setup, which is typically not openly advertised exactly for the purpose of stealth installation. If you run the installation wizard of a program bundle like that using the default or automatic settings, you will be sure to install all the contents of the bundle alongside your main program. This can very easily be avoided if users would just spend the extra minute and additional few clicks on the advanced or custom settings. These will allow you more control over the installation process and will give you more freedom to determine what goes where and so on. But more importantly, these options will also give you a full list of all the added programs, from which you will be able to remove all those that seem untrustworthy or unnecessary to you.
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Amazon Assistant aa.hta “Virus” pretender Removal
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone
To uninstall the legitimate Amazon Assistant browser extension:
- Review Step 2 of the guide above and execute the explained sequence of actions carefully.
- After that review Step 5 of our guide above and repeat the sequence of actions carefully and methodically.
- You should be all set with the uninstall of Amazon Assistant, however we are open to your questions if you face any troubles!