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Should I remove Assistant?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,453
United States Rank #9,019
Reach 0.0893%


What is Assistant?

Assistant is an adware web browser application that displays banner ads as well as contextual link ads that are injected in the web page. The ads are injected by the web browser plugin (IE, FF and Chrome) and will display on any web site, even those not associated or affiliated with the publisher. On web pages there may be up to 10 intext ads and/or 4 banner ad and/or a transitional ad. The application is usually bundled by 3rd-party download managers that utilize deceptive advertising techniques in order to install the software. In addition to ads, the program will also modify the browser settings which could include lowering the normal security settings of the browser as well as changing the home page and search provider (known as web browser hijacking). The extension will also report back to the controlling server analytics which may include the behavior of the user on the Internet and reports back URLs and domains visited as well as what advertisements are displayed and clicked on.


Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days.
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • Generally known to have a low reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Assistant has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\windows\Installer
Uninstaller: "C:\Windows\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE" "C:\Program Files2\ASSIST~1\ASSIST~1.DLL",_uninstall /un

How do I remove Assistant?

You can uninstall Assistant from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Assistant, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Assistant.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.93%
Windows 10 24.11%
Windows XP 4.76%
Windows Vista 4.20%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.44%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.14%
Windows 7 Professional 10.07%
Windows 8.1 8.41%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.75%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

23.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 23.48%
  Canada 4.00%
  United Kingdom 4.00%
  Netherlands 3.52%
  Taiwan 3.03%
  Brazil 2.81%
  Mexico 2.65%
  Italy 2.16%
  Sweden 2.06%
  India 2.00%
  Belgium 1.84%
  Germany 1.84%
  France 1.79%
  Israel 1.79%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.18%
Acer 19.17%
Dell 14.75%
ASUS 12.37%
Toshiba 8.83%
Samsung 5.39%
Lenovo 4.86%
Intel 0.71%
American Megatrends 0.53%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.71%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 8.04%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.13%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.23%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.23%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.23%


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