How to remove Amazon Assistant (aa.hta) "virus"

The program that we're going to talk about is called Amazon Assistant. If you don’t have Amazon Assistant in your system – you should shun of it, and if you’ve already installed it – you must get rid of it ASAP. Amazon Assistant has no helpful functions, and it was created only to earn money to online-swindlers, and to annoy the average users. Have you noticed the increased quantity of advertising on all websites, or the shifted start page? Have you suffered of the total retardation of PC’s and browser speed, or fake results of search and repeated redirections to the malicious webpages? These are the red flags of advertising program's presence in the system and if you noticed few of these – your PC is in jeopardy.

Hackers don't create viruses only to annoy you, and each virus has exact tasks. However, the real aim of Amazon Assistant does not match with the stated ones. Usually, the description of adware declares that it is very helpful. 99% of advertising tools declare that they will assist in web-browsing. Help in the search for latest movies, music or games, search for sales, deals and discounts online and performing some functions in Facebook - these are the features that 95% of adware declare to perform. At first glance it is really good, but when you start thinking about it, you realize that all functions that are declared have long been implemented in the basic feature set of any browser or social network. Actually, the goal of virus creators is to declare that their program performs something that is impossible to check. The "better", "safer" or "faster" search in the Web is a perfect example of suchlike features, since these parameters are very indistinct and almost impossible to trace. Does this mean that adware are completely useless, and is just consuming space on your hard drive? No, they have one significant task and it is to deceive you and to obtain thousands of dollars from online advertising.

 

We don't know where it came from but today there is an opinion that hackers make the harmful programs with no particular reason. It makes sense, yes? Hacker thinks about a user that is endeavoring to remove his malware right now, and the feeling is very good! Alright, I'm joking. The viruses are always aimed for something, and even if the task isn't clear - you will understand it later. It is weird that advertising program shows so many banners, but since you get it, the scheme appears pretty simple. All this advertisement is displayed to earn money from clicks. Simply stated, payment of promotional services is made based on the amount of clicks done on the pop-up, or the quantity of referrals from ad to the web-site. So, the more links adware displays you, the higher is the possibility that you will be interested and pass the link. Actually if you are not interested in adware's propositions - the click may still be made, in order to hide an undesirable annoying ad. The system doesn't care how the clicks were done, and swindlers will receive their money both for the decent click and for the unwanted one. In this case we see how numbers overcome quality, as hackers create thousands of trashy programs that spam with hype. Gullible operator can take the advertising given by Amazon Assistant seriously, and try to find something fine among these offers, doing hundreds of referrals per day. Anti-viral developers and tech-support forums get tens of thousands of reports on Amazon Assistant, so hackers do pretty nice money on it.

Methods to remove Amazon Assistant

Actually, Amazon Assistant has one more feature which in the long perspective might call significant issues with your computer. This effect is Amazon Assistant's ability to switch the controls of user's browser on purpose to advertise more efficiently which makes it extremely assailable to all types of malware. Advertisement programs aim to shift three parameters: the blocking of annoying advertising, start page and default search engine. These changes conflict with the primary rules of computer security, and make your browser highly vulnerable to all kinds of viruses. The dangerous software will clog your PC, because each click on the link, given by Amazon Assistant calls one more virus onto the computer. You have only one technique to hide ads and save your machine from adware hazard - to eliminate Amazon Assistant.

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Amazon Assistant manually

Step 1. Uninstall Amazon Assistant from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Amazon Assistant from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari)

 

Adware being distributed in several techniques: with help of viral web-pages on which the viral download may begin after each click, and using the installation in bundles. The "website" technique may be simply avoided: you should visit only those web-sites that are completely reliable, and appear on the first pages in browser. Besides that, your browser and anti-virus software will show the notification, if the website is unreliable. To shield yourself from the penetration through the bundled installation method, you must attentively monitor the installation of all programs. Bundled installation is simple: Amazon Assistant is integrated into installers of useful tools. User installs some program and the pop-up window during installation emerges a suggestion to get some additional programs. All boxes are pre-checked, and if user clicks "OK" he installs at 4-5 programs instead of one. Remember: if Amazon Assistant had infected your system with help of installation in bundles, you, probably, have some more adware or viruses. So, when you see the choice among “recommended installation” and “install for experienced users” – pick the second variant. Remember about this every time you install new software - and your machine will be noticeably cleaner.

Amazon Assistant removal tool

If you are tired of redirections and ads in browser - we have decent hints on Amazon Assistant uninstall. Both by-hand and automatic techniques have their own advantages and disadvantages. When you remove the harmful program by-hand, you can't prevent it (or another similar adware) from entering the computer again. If you are using an AV-tool - it will grant you the security for years. Spyhunter anti-viral program is dedicated to delete such programs as Amazon Assistant, and easily deals with other suchlike threats.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Windows 7 and Windows XP

1. Uninstall Amazon Assistant from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Amazon Assistant and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Amazon Assistant
  • C:\ProgramData\Amazon Assistant
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Amazon Assistant

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Amazon Assistant" and delete these elements

 

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How to remove Amazon Assistant from Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Amazon Assistant and press Uninstall

 

How to uninstall from Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete Amazon Assistant from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Amazon Assistant and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

How to uninstall Amazon Assistant from Mac OS

1. Click Applications in the Finder sidebar

2. Drag unwanted program to the Trash

3. Empty Trash

 

Step 2. Remove Amazon Assistant from the browser

How to remove Amazon Assistant from Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Amazon Assistant

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

How to delete Amazon Assistant from Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove Amazon Assistant

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • On startup
  • Set pages
  • Put “about:blank”

 

How to uninstall Amazon Assistant from Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Tools
  • Add-ons
  • Remove Amazon Assistant

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into homepage field

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Put “about:config” into address bar;
  • Confirm the suggestion;
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”;
  • Reset this field (right-click and choose reset).

 

How to delete Amazon Assistant from Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose Amazon Assistant and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

How to delete Amazon Assistant from Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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