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AssistiveDisplaySearch Mac Adware

The AssistiveDisplaySearch is an adware program that has been identified to be created to affect Mac operating systems. It is capable of doing specific changes that affect the settings of the macOS and the installed browsers. Afterward, the program accesses target web browsers which may be Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc. and starts generating lots of suspicious ads. Browser redirects, pop-ups, banners, new browser windows may inundate your online browsing. Every time you visit an ad generated by the adware, its owners will get paid. Since AssistiveDisplaySearch owners’ primary aim to utilize the nasty app for monetization purposes, they may neglect the security level of sites promoted via their app. Hence, you should be very careful with ads generated by this Mac adware. Some of them may be presenting misleading information in an attempt to make you prone to install a rogue application or download a malicious software.

If you see AssistiveDisplaySearch adware on your Mac, you should take action to detect and remove potentially unwanted files from both the affected system and browser.

AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware Summary

NameAssistiveDisplaySearch / Assistive Display Search
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable application that hijacks Safari and Chrome browsers installed on macOS. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge. Generates annoying ads.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab page and search engine in preferred web browser may be set to display a hoax search engine. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start every time you start the affected Mac.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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AssistiveDisplaySearch Potentially Unwanted Program on Mac

AssistiveDisplaySearch is an adware for macOS. It is not a malicious program, hence, it is not a Mac virus but it lowers online security by generating bogus ads. Let us warn you that ads displayed by AssistiveDisplaySearch adware may link to poorly secured or even hacked websites. Visiting shady websites may endanger the overall system security. Your sensitive data may be exposed to the risk of theft.

What’s confusing is the fact that adware apps tend to activate different tracking technologies in order to spy on users’ online activities and send reports to their servers. Unfortunately, a guarantee that some of the tracking technologies dropped by AssistiveDisplaySearch won’t harvest usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, etc. lacks.

AssistiveDisplaySearch lands on Mac operating systems without users’ knowledge. The program belongs to the potentially unwanted applications type of infections. Different techniques are used for the propagation of PUPs for Mac.

Other shady third-party apps are very likely to be spreading this Mac adware. Usually, such apps have installers that are designed to install extra apps by default. If not unmarked, these extra, mostly undesired apps, invade the system and start performing various suspicious changes. To avoid unwanted programs from affecting your Mac you should always look for the Custom or Advanced settings. There you should be able to detect undesired installer’s components and deselect them before you proceed.

Stay secured by removing AssistiveDisplaySearch Mac app from the affected system and all affected browsers.

How to Remove AssistiveDisplaySearch Mac Adware

In order to remove AssistiveDisplaySearch along with all entries created on the Mac system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual AssistiveDisplaySearch removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.

Notice: Before manually removing files or folders on your Mac, make sure to identify the accurate components of AssistiveDisplaySearch, because deleting other apps’ files or system settings files by mistake may trigger malfunction of installed apps or even your system.

In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Preparation Phase:

Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:

  • Backup your files in case the worst happens.
  • Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
  • Arm yourself with patience.

Step 1: Uninstall AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1. Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2. Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3. Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Remove AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

2. After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

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5. Click once on the extension you want to remove.

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware will be removed.

How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

4. After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

4. After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


Step 3: Scan for and remove AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as AssistiveDisplaySearch Adware, 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.


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