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Should I remove W3i NetAssistant?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,031
United States Rank #10,285
Reach 0.0120%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.45 days
367.41 days >
Average installed length: 193.05 days


3.8.3 100.00%

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W3i NetAssistant

What is W3i NetAssistant?

Tight Backgrounds is installed with the software bundler called InstallIQ. InstallIQ is an install manager that will manage the installation of the software and will make recommendations for additional advertising supported or other 3rd party software that may include toolbars, browser add-ons, game applications, anti-virus applications, and other types of applications. Although you are not required to install any additional software, you need to manually uncheck the additional software or it will be installed on your PC. Software that may be offered during installation includes Yahoo! Toolbar, PC Optimizer Pro, DefaultTab, Genieo, Smart PC Cleaner, and others. Uninstalling Tight Backgrounds will not automatically removed the bundled software. InstallIQ is developed by W3i, LLC.

About  (from Freeze.com)

W3i NetAssistant is a 'helper' application to help you search and find what you're looking for. NetAssistant achieves this by offering alternative suggestions for web pages that have been misspelled, mistyped, or does not exist anymore. NetAssistant is seamless and easy to use. Just type in a web address like you norma...  Read more
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
W3i NetAssistant 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

URL: search.freeze.com/search.aspx
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\W3i\NetAssistant\
Uninstaller: msiexec.exe /x {C792A75A-2A1F-4991-9B85-291745478A79}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)

Program filesFiles installed by W3i NetAssistant

Program executable:update.exe
Name:IE Toolbar
IE Toolbar Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\W3i\NetAssistant\update.exe
Additional files:
  • NetAssistant.dll (by W3i) - Freeze.com NetAssistant

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • NetAssistant.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'NetAssistant' with the class of {E38FA08E-F56A-4169-ABF5-5C71E3C153A1} (NetAssistantBHO).
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • NetAssistant.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'NetAssistant' with a class of {E38FA08E-F56A-4169-ABF5-5C71E3C153A1} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.

How do I remove W3i NetAssistant?

You can uninstall W3i NetAssistant 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 W3i NetAssistant, 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 W3i NetAssistant.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by W3i NetAssistant you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.84%
Windows XP 23.11%
Windows 10 19.33%
Windows Vista 6.72%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.38%
Microsoft Windows XP 23.21%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.13%
Windows 7 Professional 9.28%
Windows 8.1 9.28%
Windows 8 6.75%

Distribution by countryGeography

92.51% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 92.51%
  Iran 2.14%
  Australia 1.60%
  United Kingdom 1.07%
  Germany 0.80%
  Canada 0.53%
  Singapore 0.27%
  GE 0.27%
  SY 0.27%
  Netherlands 0.27%
  OM 0.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 36.90%
Hewlett-Packard 26.19%
Acer 14.29%
Toshiba 10.71%
ASUS 5.95%
Intel 1.19%
Sahara 1.19%
Alienware 0.60%
American Megatrends 0.60%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.80%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.20%
Dell Computer Dimension 4... 2.40%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.40%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 2.40%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.40%

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Liltweety21801over a year ago
What if I just leave it there for now,wil it hurt anything on my computer.