I wrote this article to help you remove Ext.privacyassistant.net. This Ext.privacyassistant.net removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The Ext.privacyassistant.net page is bad news. If you see it all the time, it means that your PC is no longer infection-free. You have a browser hijacker on board and you have to take measures ASAP. Hijackers do exactly what their name suggests – they take control over your browsing experience making it impossible to enjoy. The pest you are stuck with is no different. It is lurking somewhere on your computer and it uses the Ext.privacyassistant.net site to announce its presence. Take that as a warning, as that’s what it is. As soon as you spot the page, start looking for the parasite and delete it upon discovery. Otherwise, you should prepare for a myriad of issues.
These issues start pouring from the second the hijackers gets in. First, you start noticing some changes in your settings which you don’t remember approving. That’s because you didn’t. The pest doesn’t need your permission, it makes reshuffles as it sees fit. Like your homepage and search engine, for instance. They are now gone and the Ext.privacyassistant.net page in their place. All of a sudden this site is everywhere you look. You open your browser, it is there. You open a new tab, it is there. You try loading another page, you get redirected back to it. And it is not alone. Thanks to the hijacker you are being redirected to all sorts of shady pages all the time to the point where surfing the web becomes an impossible task. But this is not all.
Aside from all the redirects and the Ext.privacyassistant.net shadowing you, you are also bombarded with countless irritating commercials. A never-ending pile of ads is thrown your way every single day. You see banners, video ads, pop-ups, offers, deals, best prices, coupons, etc. Pretty much whatever you can think of. These commercials are constantly covering your whole screen blocking page content and popping before your eyes. Be careful. The ads are dangerous. They conceal more malware in them and your single click is enough to get infected. It doesn’t matter if you click on purpose in an attempt to close them or accidentally, you still get infections. This means that you are one click away from more threats on daily basis. And, as mentioned, the ads cannot be closed. The only way to get rid of them it to uninstall the hijacker altogether.
The last thing you need is more infections on board. Your machine and you are already struggling with this one. You cannot surf the web at peace anymore and your machine is not making thing better either. Because of the hijacker, it is slow as a snail, it lags all the time, it even crashes and reboots out of the blue. Your browsers, in turn, freeze frequently due to the never stopping ad bombardment. You just get to the point where you think that not using your PC is the better option. And you are right. As long as you have the hijacker you are always at risk. And yet, all of the above-mentioned problems are the once you can actually experience and see.
The hijacker does something else in the background and, from this one, you can only experience the consequences but then it will be too late. The virus spies on your and keeps track of your every online move. It has access to your IPs, email addresses, usernames, passwords, browser-related data, etc. it may even get its hands on your personally identifiable and financial information. What is worse is that the hijacker doesn’t just observe. It shares everything with its developers. Do you know what that means? It means that crooks have a hold on you. Don’t allow that. Delete Ext.privacyassistant.net now. To do so manually, use our removal guide below.
And a piece of advice for the future. Be more cautious online because as much as we hate to say it, you are the one to let the pest in. Not intentionally, but because you were not careful enough. Hijackers use tricks to dupe you into giving them permission to enter and, most of the times, they succeed because of your distraction. These tricks involve freeware, spam email messages, third-party pop-ups, fake program updates, etc. But none of them is good enough to work without your inactive cooperation, aka your carelessness. Pay more attention online. Stay away from suspicious pages and illegitimate download sources. Don’t rush installation processes. Carefully read the Terms and Conditions and do not press “I agree” without actually knowing what you agree to. Infections pray for your negligence. Don’t provide it.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Ext.privacyassistant.net from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.