How does adware – or more precisely, the creators of adware – know what sort of adverts have a higher likelihood of you clicking on them and visiting their website? Well, that's where spyware comes in to the equation. Once infected, you will notice that Assist Point Ads are for some reason very targeted based on your web browsing history and interests. Adware and spyware do have certain characteristics in common, namely the ability to monitor which websites you are visiting, and which products or services you are looking at once you are on a particular site. Technically speaking, it is not as harmful or malicious as spyware, but regardless, it is still something that you should avoid where possible.
While it's virtually impossible to guarantee that your anti-virus program will keep absolutely everything at bay, the good news is there are steps you can take to protect your computer from being infected with Assist Point Ads, or indeed any type of malware. Here are some of the most important ways of protecting your PC. Firstly, to avoid installing Assist Point Ads on your computer, it is useful to know how it gets on to your system in the first place. It is installed when you download another program. It is secretly bundled in with this program and will install itself onto your hard drive at the same time as the main installation. But that's not all, for the adware will also install a type of tracking component as well. And it is this which is able to capture data concerning the sites that you are visiting and the content that you are looking at once you are there. This data is then relayed back to the adware developer who uses the knowledge to display adverts that you are likely to be interested in on your PC's screen.
As seen above, Assist Point could be considered a type of spyware, thanks to its web monitoring function, but thankfully it doesn't take invasive techniques to a whole new level by recording which keys you type, and some key loggers take screenshots too. If you don't know how to remove the adware from your computer and stop these annoying Assist Point ads, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Assist Point Ads Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Assist Point related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- Assist Point
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Assist Point related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Assist Point, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove Assist Point related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Assist Point, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Assist Point related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.