Well, can anyone help me please? I want to know if this SearchAssist.net is good to use or not. Now it has been my homepage and default search engine on Internet Explorer, but the Google search was the original search engine actually. Now it is gone. I don’t know how this happen on the browser. I am not very computer literate and I hope you guys can help me to get rid of it.

Description of SearchAssist.net Hijacker

SearchAssist.net is not reliable and useful search engine but a browser hijacker which is created by cyber criminals to spread ads, malware, virus, worm and other threats to infect computer. People get this nasty hijacker mainly via drive-by download from the virus-infected and unsafe websites. To further illustrate, when people download apps, programs from a virus-infected webpage, this browser hijacker even other threats will comes to the computer during the process of downloading things. While entering into your computer, it modifies the default setting of your browser to take control of browser totally. And then the homepage and search engine will become SearchAssist.net. It will block your resource and redirect your search to some unknown malicious websites which contain various threats like attractive porn video, flash picture, pop-up ads, fake update message or dangerous links. Once your computer gets this SearchAssist.net redirect, and then whatever you try to look up on via search engine, you will always be redirected to SearchAssist.net URL or its related malicious websites which also have viruses like malwares, adwares, worms, Trojans, aggressive toolbar, extensions or add-ons. If computer is infected with one of these infections, your computer will get stuck or becomes more severe. Removing this hijacker in time is the prompt action to protect computer.

In fact, SearchAssist.net hijacker does more dad influence than what mentioned above to the computer if it is not eradicated in time. This hijacker can find out vulnerabilities and use those security loopholes as a bridge to introduce other dangerous infections to computer. If the computer gets infected with more infections, the system will load and run more process. The more processes running in the system, the slower the computer performs. Therefore, computer will suffer from a slow performance even a crash of infected system as time passes but users cannot do anything with the chaos on the computer. Besides, it has ability to change browser DNS to block you access the Internet. What make victims become crazy is that SearchAssist.net hijacker can help hackers take control of their computer and work on it to steal vital and valuable personal information for illegal behavior. For example, some victims may suffer from financial loss due to this hijacker. Therefore, if you find SearchAssist.net browser hijacker on the computer, you should first figure out a way to eradicate it as soon as possible. Don’t keep it on the computer for a long time and let it get the chance to damage the computer.

Main Traits of SearchAssist.net Hijacker

-Can change your homepage or the default search engine to SearchAssist.net and it totally prevents you from changing them back

-Can always redirect you to other websites

-Can pop up various advertisements and sponsored links randomly to interrupt your online activities

-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive

-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage.

-Can collect and send data concerning your search history and other browsing activities.

-Your sensitive information can be tracked and stolen by hacker who can access to your computer with the help of this browser hijacker.

NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected with SearchAssist.net hijacker. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this browser hijacker virus for you.

The Screenshot of This Hijacker

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Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of SearchAssist.net hijacker provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.

Step 1: Find Ctrl, Alt, and Delete these 3 keys and then press them together to open task manager to end the process related to this hijacker, the name of the process of it is random.

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Step 2: Try to find Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

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Step 3: Click on Start button at the right lower corner, then click on Control Panel

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Then you will come to the Control Panel windows, click on Add and Remove Programs

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Then try to find the program which relates to SearchAssist.net hijacker, highlight it and choose Remove, the program’s name is random.

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Step4: Change your homepage in your browser (Take Internet Explorer as an Example)

From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options.

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Then type the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK

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Conclusion:

SearchAssist.net hijacker is a harmful infection to the computer. It changes thehomepage and search engine totally and prevents online users from changing back, redirects them to its URL or other malicious websites, steals their personal data and displays endless pop-ups on the screen to prevent them from getting online normally and smoothly. Don’t think SearchAssist.net browser hijacker is not as harmful as those stubborn viruses like Trojan horse, ransomware, worms, since it can also bring those harmful viruses to infect the computer, which will greatly slow down PC and make it run as a snail and further harm to mess up system files and damage system severely.

Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of SearchAssist.net hijacker? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Karen Lawrence & last updated on November 3, 2014 12:13 pm

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