Browser Assistant by Realistic Media - How to remove

Browser Assistant by Realistic Media is an adware trojan – a potentially harmful program that is installed without permission. Browser Assistant forces internet browsers to perform unwanted actions, such as open unexpected websites. It could promote dangerous websites, which could be harmful.

Deleting Browser Assistant by Realistic Media is not as simple as uninstalling it – you also need to find and delete related files and programs.

About Browser Assistant by Realistic Media:

Threat type Adware,

trojan.

How Browser Assistant gets installed It’s bundled with other free programs, often installed without the permission of the user.
Problems and issues Browser Assistant injects ads into browsers, possibly malicious ads,

it slows down the internet connection.

How to remove Browser Assistant by Realistic Media Use antivirus apps (Spyhunter, Malwarebytes, others) to find and remove malware,

check your programs and browser extensions for suspicious items,

check your browser settings and change them if needed.

How Browser Assistant by Realistic Media gets installed

Browser Assistant by Realistic Media is an unwanted program that gets installed without permission on computers. Because it infects computers without the knowledge of the owners, it’s considered to be a trojan.

Browser Assistant arrives bundled in the installers of various free programs. It’s included in those installers as an optional offer – an ad within an installer (InstallCore). Optional offers like that aren’t always dangerous. However, they are sometimes presented in a way that is unfair to users. Bundled programs are often easy to miss, leading to people installing them without meaning to. This is dishonest at best.

You are most likely to find installers infected with unwanted programs on freeware sites, such as Softfamous.com. Since these sites simply redistribute free programs, it’s best to get the software you want from original sources.

Some developers also bundle their software with ads, though. A good antivirus program can detect such installers and warn you about them.

"Browser Assistant by Realistic Media" on an illustration of a web page.

Problems caused by Browser Assistant

Once Browser Assistant by Realistic Media is installed, it injects malicious code into web browsers. It forces them to display ads and perform other unwanted actions (3 Ways JavaScript Can Breach Your Privacy & Security). Indeed, malicious Javascript code can do many dangerous things:

  • Log your data, such as your usernames and passwords.
  • Open unwanted websites.
  • Display unwanted websites within open web pages.
  • Show ads, including ads for dangerous content.

By injecting ads into your browser, Browser Assistant could expose you to dangerous resources on the internet, such as phishing scams (What is phishing?). In addition, according to some of the people who report this infection, it causes system instability – visual and audio glitches, incorrect system info, slow internet connection.

As Browser Assistant might be installed with other malware, some negative effects could be caused by that other malware. When removing Browser Assistant malware, it’s important to check for other malware.

How to delete Browser Assistant by Realistic Media

You can find Browser Assistant in your list of installed apps and programs: either by opening the Control Panel or by checking your Settings.

These screens allow you to remove installed programs, but getting rid of Browser Assistant is not that easy. You might be unable to uninstall it normally.

It’s advised to use an anti-malware program, such as Spyhunter or Malwarebytes, to find and delete all malicious items. Various antivirus programs might use different names for Browser Assistant, such as PUP (potentially unwanted program), Adware, Unwanted, Agent, as well as MySearchDial and BrowserAssistant.

Besides Browser Assistant and the files and settings associated with it, there might be other programs that need to be deleted. After all, adware viruses and trojans often come in groups.

Consider how Browser Assistant by Realistic Media might have been downloaded and installed. What program did it come with? What website was it downloaded on? Are there any other programs downloaded in the same way?

Review your other programs and your browser extensions. Remove suspicious and unwanted items. After that, check the new tab page and default search engine settings in your browsers.

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How to remove Browser Assistant by Realistic Media using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Browser Assistant by Realistic Media install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10). Open Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu.
  • Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category). In Control Panel, select Uninstall a program.
  • Go through the list of programs and select entries related to Browser Assistant by Realistic Media . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make Browser Assistant by Realistic Media easier to find. Find the program that you need to uninstall.
  • Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes. Click the Uninstall button after selecting the program to uninstall. Then click Yes.
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection. Spyhunter marking a program and its components as low-threat malware.

How to remove Browser Assistant by Realistic Media from macOS

Delete Browser Assistant by Realistic Media from your applications.
  1. Open Finder.
  2. In the menu bar, click Go.
  3. Select Applications from the dropdown.
  4. Find the Browser Assistant by Realistic Media app.
  5. Select it and right-click it (or hold the Ctrl and click the left mouse button).
  6. In the dropdown, click Move to Bin/Trash. You might be asked to provide your login password.
Open Applications and delete unwanted apps.

TopHow To remove Browser Assistant by Realistic Media from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Browser Assistant by Realistic Media, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How To remove Browser Assistant by Realistic Media from Firefox:Top

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Browser Assistant by Realistic Media 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.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings If you are still experiencing any issues related to Browser Assistant by Realistic Media, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.
  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve
If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

How to remove Browser Assistant by Realistic Media from Microsoft Edge:Top

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Microsoft Edge window. Select “Extensions”.
Open the menu and choose Extensions.
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
Press Remove for the extensions you want to remove
  • Click on the three-dot menu on the browser toolbar and Select Settings
Edge new open the three-dot menu and choose settings.
  • Select Privacy and Services and scroll down. Press on Address bar.
Edge new Open Address bar settings.
  • Choose Manage search engines.
Edge new choose manage search engines.
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list: open the three-dot menu and choose Remove.
Edge new choose remove for unwanted search engines.
  • Go back to Settings. Open On start-up.
  • Delete malicious search websites at Open specific page or pages by opening the three-dot menu and clicking Delete.
Edge new remove startup pages. (Optional) Reset your browser’s settings If you are still experiencing any issues related to Browser Assistant by Realistic Media, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings
  • Click on Edge's menu button and select Settings. Click on the Reset Settings button on the left.
  • Press the Restore settings to their default values option.
Edge new restore settings.
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
Edge new restore settings comfirmation. If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Browser Assistant by Realistic Media from Safari:Top

Remove malicious extensions
  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Browser Assistant by Realistic Media and other suspicious extensions.
    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.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions) If you are still experiencing any issues related to Browser Assistant by Realistic Media, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.
  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset
If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.
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