How to remove the ASearchAssist Module malware

The ASearchAssist.dll file is a software component of Accoona Toolbar by Accoona.
ASearchAssist.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to Accoona Toolbar, an integrated browser plugin that features an Internet search capabilities. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Accoona Toolbar has been reported as being adware. Accoona Toolbar tracks personal information and web history by user searches. This information is used to target users with advertising. The program is usually installed without user permission. It is recommended to use an advanced adware removal tool to remove Accoona Toolbar. Acoona was an American company that developed Internet software, most notably, search technology for and Sohu, Chinese web portals, and the Acoona Toolbar, marketed as being powered by artificial intelligence. The company had offices in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA and Shanghai, China.

ASearchAssist stands for Accoona SearchAssist Module

Most antivirus programs classify ASearchAssist.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance BrowserModifier:Win32/Accoona (detected by Microsoft), and not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.b (detected by Kaspersky). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated ASearchAssist Module software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about ASearchAssist Module and how to get rid of it.

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ASearchAssist.dll file information

The process known as ASearchAssist Module belongs to software Accoona Toolbar by Accoona (

Description: ASearchAssist.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file ASearchAssist.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 110,592 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 944864A5-3916-46E2-96A9-A2E84F3F1208. The program has no visible window. ASearchAssist.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. ASearchAssist.dll is not a Windows core file. The service has no detailed description. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to uninstall the software Accoona Toolbar using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify ASearchAssist.dll related errors

Important: You should check the ASearchAssist.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If ASearchAssist Module has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Adware - it installed (with my knowledge) with a freeware app I'm using. Installer said it can be removed through the Add/Remove programs app.
adware, its a part of accoona toolbar remove immediately
i know its spyware probably responsible for continuing to give me new spyware on reboot even after using adaware
not sure how it got on pc but cant be removed through add/remove programs doesnt show up there
Degrade the PC performance, sits in C:\program files, disables task manager, the files can not be deleted.

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Summary: Average user rating of ASearchAssist.dll: based on 7 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 5 users think ASearchAssist.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ASearchAssist issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active ASearchAssist process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the ASearchAssist.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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