How to Remove Assist Point Ads

 

 Assist Point Ads Overview

  • Assist Point Ads is a virus of the adware class – not the most dangerous ones per se, but you should definitely remove it immediately and keep your guard up in the meanwhile.
  • As an added “bonus” to the pleasure of being infected with a malware, you can not trust any messages coming from your PC – these may be fakes created by the application in order to make you download another infection.
  • Immediately after the virus gets a hold, you should start experiencing system hiccups (errors), browser crashing and a general sluggishness of all functions Windows normally does.
  • There is no in-built way to shut off the ads without removing the extension first, which suggests that the primary function of Assist Point Ads is to exploit you into promoting different websites.

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These are the ABCs regarding the virus; you can skip ahead to the removal section, but I suggest that later you get a quick look at the rest  after you’re finished. There is no better way to shield yourself from malware than to be aware of what they want and how they plan to get it.

How Assist Point Ads Entered My Computer

Here is the first example of what I mean: everything about adware revolves around trickery. Hence the main paths any virus takes to board you is one of the following three:

  • Corrupted links and banners – this is especially true for streaming websites that display these all over the place
  • Spam E-mail – although Assist Point Ads is not firmly known to come this way it is still a possibility. The key here to is to remember that no legitimate institution would contact you through such an e-mail. Many times viruses pose as a letter from tax collectors or even FBI (lol). When confused  users click on the attachments, the mawlare makes its move.
  • The third and final way, and by far the most prominent one, is via another software.

This point requires elaboration and I will give one: basically whenever  you download a free program, there is legitimate concern that Assist Point Ads  or one of its buddies will sneak with it. The creators of free programs are generally believed to include in their packages malware so as to monetize through pay per install means. Adware itself serves another purpose: most likely to finance its masters through pay per clicks. By some thought bending Assist Point Ads can be called a promotional tool, but unfortunately it is far closer to extortion since no one is asking if you want to be a participant.

How to Remove Assist Point Ads

STEP 1:

(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

Hold windows-buttonand R together. Write appwiz.cpl  in the new field, then click OK.

appwiz 

This, right here, is the Control Panel.

Search around for Assist Point Ads and anything else suspicious-looking. Be careful, but not too much – malware sometimes choose different names to confuse you, so take note of anything recently added that seems like a virus to you.  Highlight  and  Uninstall these.

control-panel


   STEP 2:

 Assist Point Ads has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each of them.

ie9-10_512x512For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

internet explorer manage add-ons

Find Assist Point Ads . Disable it.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, type whatever you want, then click Apply.

firefox-512For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

.mozilla firefox add-ons

Hit Extensions next.

mozilla firefox extensions

The virus should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundFor Google Chrome Users:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

 

google chrome extensions

In  Extensions,  click Assist Point Ads and  select  .chrome-trash-icon

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The  click chrome menu icon   for the second time, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. In there, you should remove anything but the search engines you normally use(probably Google).

google chrome settings

safariFor Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions

Find Assist Point Ads  then Uninstall.

STEP 3 (Optional)

This step to remove the virus is completely optional. You need to do this only in the case when the steps up until now were not enough to make your troubles go away. If they WERE enough:

  • You are now clear of the virus. Please consider following us on our channels on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. It will be immensely appreciated, because it will help us grow and in turn – that way we will help more people.

  • You may also want to check out Step 4 – we’ve prepared a short guide for optimizing PCs after a malware has been removed

  • If you were not successful, then continue reading.

Step 3 optional guide

STEP 4 (Optional)

If you’ve reached this step, then well done for removing Assist Point Ads. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested you can check it out here.

 

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