AssistiveAnalog is an adware infection that forces browsers to show unwanted ads and open unfamiliar websites. AssistiveAnalog may also download and install browser add-ons and apps without permission.
It’s not always simple to delete AssistiveAnalog because this adware can be very persistent. There are settings and files that need to be changed and deleted. The instructions can be found below.
Assistiveanalog Mac Adware quicklinks
- How AssistiveAnalog works
- AssistiveAnalog is advertised online
- It hijacks the browsers
- How to remove AssistiveAnalog
- Automatic Malware removal tools
- Check your apps and settings
- How to remove AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware from macOS
- (Optional) Delete related settings
- (Optional) Delete malicious files
- Review browser settings
- How To remove AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware from Firefox on Mac OS:
|Type of threat||Adware,
|How AssistiveAnalog gets installed||It’s deceptively advertised online, disguised as trusted programs,
it installs apps and browser extensions.
|Infection symptoms||Unstable internet connection,
ads and websites open on their own in the browser,
apps and extensions are installed without permission.
|How to delete AssistiveAnalog adware||Find and delete the settings and files used by AssistiveAnalog manually and with the help of anti-malware apps (Spyhunter for Mac, Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, others).|
How AssistiveAnalog works
AssistiveAnalog is advertised online
AssistiveAnalog is a malicious app that attacks macOS devices. Your Mac should warn you about it being dangerous, but that does not always happen.
You might be able to avoid such ads by using ad blockers. Also, make sure to ignore all browser alerts that urge you to install Flash Player, as that software has been retired and is no longer promoted. All ads and “update alerts” for Flash Player are fake.
Once AssistiveAnalog is downloaded and installed, it changes a bunch of settings to keep itself from being removed. It might also download and install adware apps and browser hijackers (malicious browser extensions).
The AssistiveAnalog adware infection affects all browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) but only on the infected Mac. For example, other devices on the same Wi-Fi shouldn’t be affected.
It hijacks the browsers
One of the most obvious results of an AssistiveAnalog infection is that your internet browser might change what sites it opens. It might start going to Bing.com, Yahoo.com, even Searchmarquis.com, Searchbaron.com, and others.
Another problem is that AssistiveAnalog might cause your internet connection to become unstable. Some sites might not open, some apps might crash or freeze.
The main goal of AssistiveAnalog is to make money from advertising. This malicious software, if your macOS doesn’t stop it, injects ads into web browsers and opens promoted websites.
It can also log your data:
- language and location,
- browsing history,
- search terms,
- usernames, passwords, and payment details.
There’s no guarantee that AssistiveAnalog steals payment information. But it does collect data for advertising and might fail to protect it. So, it might be worth it to reset your passwords after you get rid of AssistiveAnalog and any other infections that might have been installed with it.
AssistiveAnalog is only one of many threats that affect Macs: it’s similar to SearchBoosted, StartEssentials, SearchLeadingInfo, and many others. These adware infections are not very harmful (compared to some Windows malware, like ransomware), but they’re still quite a nuisance.
How to remove AssistiveAnalog
One of the problems with AssistiveAnalog is that this adware might be harder to delete than a normal app (How to delete apps on your Mac).
Below are instructions for how to find and delete files and settings that help AssistiveAnalog remain installed. These include configuration profiles, hidden files in Library folders, and startup items. Network settings also need to be looked at, as AssistiveAnalog might have changed them to redirect internet traffic.
Anti-malware apps like Spyhunter for Mac, Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, and others, can help you find malicious apps and files, but they might not be able to remove the infection completely. Still, it’s worth it to scan your Mac with a good anti-malware app to make sure that you’re not overlooking any infections.
Automatic Malware removal tools
Check your apps and settings
How to remove AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware from macOSDelete AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware from your applications.
- Open Finder.
- In the menu bar, click Go.
- Select Applications from the dropdown.
- Find the AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware app.
- Select it and right-click it (or hold the Ctrl and click the left mouse button).
- In the dropdown, click Move to Bin/Trash. You might be asked to provide your login password.
(Optional) Delete related settingsSome malicious apps make themselves difficult to delete by changing various settings and leaving behind malicious files. Remove settings related to AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware.
- Click the Apple logo in the menu bar. Open System Preferences.
- Some malicious applications set profiles to enforce unwanted settings. Remove unwanted configuration profiles.
- In System Preferences, click the Profiles icon. This icon is only visible if there are profiles on your Mac.
- Select unwanted profiles and remove them by pressing the minus '-' button at the bottom.
- Some adware applications set SOCKS proxy to manipulate your internet traffic. Remove unwanted proxies:
- In System Preferences, click Network, Advanced, Proxies.
- If a proxy is set without your permission, uncheck it and click OK.
(Optional) Delete malicious filesSome malicious apps leave behind dangerous files in your Library folders. Delete files related to AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware.
- Open Finder.
- In the menu bar, click Go -> Computer.
- In the search box, type in AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware and variations of it.
- Delete the files that are found and that seem to be related to AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware.
Review browser settings
How to remove AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware from Safari:TopRemove malicious extensions
- Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
- Select Extensions and uninstall AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware and other suspicious extensions.
- If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
- Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
- Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
TopHow to remove AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware from Google Chrome on Mac:
- Open Chrome browser.
- Enter in the url field “chrome://extensions” address and hit Enter.
- Find AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware on the extensions list and click on the recycle bin icon next to it.
- Click on 'Chrome' button at the top left corner. Select 'Preferences' on a drop-down menu box.
- Find 'Search' options on Settings tab. If your search engine is changed, click 'Manage Search Engines' and set your preferred search engine.
- On the same page find 'Show home button' checkbox and change your homepage.
- On the 'Preferences' menu window, scroll down to the bottom and find 'Reset settings' button. Click it.
- Confirm your selection and click 'Reset' on the following window.
How To remove AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware from Firefox on Mac OS:
- Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press cmd+Shift+A on your keyboard).
- Go through Extensions list, remove everything AssistiveAnalog Mac Adware related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
- Enter “about:preferences” in URL bar and hit enter.
- Open Search settings tab.
- If your search engine is changed, click 'Default Search Engines' and set your preferred search engine.
- If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Preferences-> General. Enter a preferable URL to the home page field.
- Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
- Choose Troubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
- Click on the Refresh Firefox button.
- Click on the Refresh Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.