The pop-up ads by Doc Assistant appearing in your web browser are a result of an active adware extension on your PC. The latter is distributed via bundled downloads of freeware and shareware. In order to display advertising content in the web pages you visit, the Doc Assistant adware may use a plug-in, BHO (browser helper object), an extension or an add-on. The main purpose of the Doc Assistant ads is to generate pay-per-click revenue for the adware’s developers. The promoted marketing materials can be in the form of banners, coupons deals, pop-ups and in-text ads. Experts recommend Doc Assistant’s removal with a competent anti-spyware tool.
Doc Assistant Distribution and Symptoms
The Doc Assistant adware uses a stealth installation technique called “bundling”. The add-on arrives in the targeted machine as a part of a freeware bundle and is often unnoticed by the user. The Advanced installation options allow full transparency of the process and give the user the option to unselect any unwanted browser extensions.
The Doc Assistant adware may cause the following issues:
- Load a number of advertisements (banners, ad panels, pop-ups, deals, coupons, offers, etc.) in the web pages you visit.
- Doc Assistant may place the adware’s files in the AppData folder in order to avoid detection.
- May insert a registry key in Windows, so the program is launched every time the user opens a web browser.
Additionally, Doc Assistant may use tracking cookies to gather information about your online habits and display advertising materials matching your interests.
The Doc Assistant adware is capable of reading your software configuration and suggesting the installation of PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) like free media players, system repair tools or video codecs.
The marketing materials displayed by Doc Assistant are not considered safe. Malware experts warn that they may contain links to corrupted web pages and expose your system to security risks.
How to Remove Doc Assistant Adware from Your PC?
Doc Assistant can be removed manually or with a reliable anti-malware utility. The detailed removal manual below will help you delete the Doc Assistant adware permanently from your computer.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Doc Assistant from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Doc Assistant on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Doc Assistant in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Doc Assistant from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Doc Assistant from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Doc Assistant from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Doc Assistant from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Doc Assistant Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Doc Assistant from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Doc Assistant
Step 2: Uninstall Doc Assistant and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Doc Assistant on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Doc Assistant there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Doc Assistant from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Doc Assistant and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Doc Assistant via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Doc Assistant files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Doc Assistant, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Doc Assistant from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Doc Assistant from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Doc Assistant from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Doc Assistant from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Doc Assistant will be removed.
Eliminate Doc Assistant from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Doc Assistant from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".