Help To Remove Fast Search Assist from Windows XP

Deleting Fast Search Assist Successfully

Fast Search Assist causes following error
0x80240008 WU_E_ITEMNOTFOUND The key for the item queried could not be found., 0x000000CE, 0xf0816 CBS_E_DPX_JOB_STATE_SAVED job state for DPX has been saved, 0x000000E6, 0x0000008E, 0x0000011C, 0x00000097, 0x8024800F WU_E_DS_STOREFILELOCKED The data store could not be initialized because it was locked by another process., 0xf0803 CBS_E_INVALID_PARAMETER invalid method argument, 0x000000E3, Error 0x80240020, 0x00000014

Remove Fast Search Assist from Windows XP: Quick Deletion Guide

How Dangerous is Fast Search Assist?

Unluckily, Fast Search Assist is a virulent threat, first spotted in the beginning of 2017, appears to be designed for taking control over compromised Windows XP and perform vindictive activities that would be beneficial for threat actors. In fact, it developed by highly skilled threat actors. Though, it has no bug. During threat analysis, we saw the threat has no unique features. Just like other malware, Fast Search Assist might hijack your web browsers and replace your browser's homepage/search engine with malicious domain and cause countless redirects. Even, it may install several spyware extensions or plugins on your Firefox. Moreover, it may slow down your OS performance and cut down your Internet speed as well as use your internet data for loading unnecessary pages or malicious files or updates from remote servers. Such malware could encipher your important files using military grade cipher and demand ransom payment. Worse, while your Windows XP is compromised with the malware, Delete hackers may have control over your OS.

Fast Search Assist : Distribution Source

  • Misleading websites: Torrent sites and less reputed online software stores deliver Fast Search Assist to your OS using deceptive methods. They might suggest you to use customized downloader before downloading any file or software. Please note that customized downloader always performs optional programs installation along with your regular download.
  • Bundled Programs: nowadays, most of all free programs come bundled up with optional programs when you install any of such programs, your OS gets penetrated with Fast Search Assist.
  • Spam Emails Attachments: in various campaigns, threat actors use email services to deliver Fast Search Assist to your OS as an important attachment file along with phishing text.
  • Infected USBs: when you plug-in infected USB drives to your OS, the virus enters to your Windows XP without any consent.

Few Common Characteristics of Fast Search Assist virus

  • Infected Windows XP may be acting weird including unwanted browser redirects, slow Internet speed, presence of unwanted files or programs on the OS etc.
  • Your private files may have been modified/deleted without your authorization.
  • Important files may have become useless or encrypted and may be featuring weird extensions.
  • You may be seeing suggest to buy products or install fake security software while your online session.

Therefore, we recommend you to keep reliable security software installed and updated on your each OS to get real time protection against such threats. Now, you must initiate Fast Search Assist Deletion procedures given below:

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Manual Deletion Guide to Remove Fast Search Assist From OS

Method 1: Turn on your OS into ‘Safe Mode with Networking’ to Delete Fast Search Assist Safely

Method 2: Remove Unwanted Processes of Fast Search Assist from Task Manager on your Windows Machine

Method 3: Effectively Remove Fast Search Assist from Control Panel in Windows

Method 4: Remove Malicious Registry Entries created by Fast Search Assist from Windows system

Method 5: Remove Fast Search Assist from Major Internet Browsers/Reset Browsers

Method 1: Turn on your OS into ‘Safe Mode with Networking’ to Delete Fast Search Assist Safely

For Windows 8.1/10 Users

Step 1. First, click on Start menu then hold Shift button and from the Power option select Restart.

Step 2. Now you see a blue screen entitled as ‘Choose an option’. Choose ‘Troubleshoot’ from there.

Step 3. Next, you need to click Advanced option.

Step 4. Then you must choose Startup Settings.

Step 5. Finally, you see ‘Enable Safe Mode’ option, click it and click on Restart button.

Step 6. Next, press ‘F5’ button to enable Safe Mode with Networking option to proceed deletion of Fast Search Assist from your computer.

For Windows XP/Vista/7 Users

Step 1. Press Windows Button and from Shut down select Restart.

Step 2. Now during the Restart process, keep pressing ‘F8 button’ continuously.

Step 3. Next, you see Advanced boot menu on your computer screen. Choose Safe Mode with Networking to proceed removal of Fast Search Assist from your OS.

Method 2: Remove Fast Search Assist from Task Manager on your Windows Machine

For Windows 10/8.1/7/Vista/XP Users

Step 1. Press and hold ‘ALT+Ctrl+Del’ buttons continuously on your keyboard.

Step 2. Click Task Manager from the displayed options.

Step 3. Now, you must find malicious/suspicious processes and kill them by selecting End Task option.

Step 4. This way you can terminate malicious processes associated with Fast Search Assist on your affected system.

Method 3: Effectively Delete Fast Search Assist from Control Panel in Windows

Delete Fast Search Assist From Windows 10

Step 1. Press Start button and select Settings from the menu.

Step 2. Choose System option from there.

Step 3. Next, You have to click Apps and Features option to find and Delete Fast Search Assist

Step 4. Finally, there you see list of all installed programs including malicious programs, select Fast Search Assist and click Uninstall.

Delete Fast Search Assist From Windows 8.1

Step 1. Press Win+R button to open Run Box on your OS.

Step 2. Type ‘control panel’ (without quotation mark) and hit the Enter button to open ‘Control panel’ on your system running Windows 8.

Step 3. Select ‘Uninstall a program’ from Programs menu.

Step 4. Now you need to find Fast Search Assist or other suspicious programs, select it and Delete one by one by clicking on ‘Uninstall’ option.

Remove Fast Search Assist From Windows 7

Step 1. Press Windows Logo key on your keyboard.

Step 2. And then click ‘Control Panel’ from the the Start Menu.

Step 3. Select Uninstall a program option from the Programs menu.

4 Finally, you are at the place where you can find and Delete Fast Search Assist and other malicious software from your OS with ease.

Remove Fast Search Assist From Windows XP

Step 1. First, go to the Start Menu and select ‘Control Panel’.

Step 2. Now, click on Add or Delete programs option.

Step 3. Find Fast Search Assist and other suspicious programs and Delete them immediately

Method 4: Effectively Eliminate Malicious Registry Entries created by Fast Search Assist from Windows system

Step 1. Access Run Box by Pressing Win+R keys on your OS.

Step 2. In Run Box, type ‘regedit’ and hit Enter.

Step 3. Next Windows Registry will be opened on your OS screen. Find and Delete all registry entries associated with Fast Search Assist carefully.

-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”

-HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\random

-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” = ’0

-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\run\random

-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesWpm

-HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain “Default_Page_URL”

-HKEY_LOCAL_Machine\Software\Classes\ Fast Search Assist

Method 5: Remove Fast Search Assist from Major Internet Browsers – Firefox

Remove Fast Search Assist From IE 7:7.00.5730.1300

Step 1. Launch IE and go to Manage Add-ons from Tools menu.

Step 2. A new window opens, from there click on Toolbar and extensions.

Step 3. Then simply find Fast Search Assist from there and click Delete.

Step 4. Also find and Delete any other entry associated with this virus.

Tips To IE 7:7.00.5730.1300 Browser

Step 1. Close all IE 7:7.00.5730.1300 Windows.

Step 2. Select the Advanced tab, and then select Reset.

Step 3. In the Reset IE 7:7.00.5730.1300 Settings dialog box, select Reset.

Step 4. When IE 7:7.00.5730.1300 finishes applying default settings, select Close, and then select OK.

Remove Fast Search Assist From Mozilla:51

Step 1. You can always Delete unwanted add-ons by clicking the “Firefox” menu option at the top of the Firefox window and selecting “Add-ons.”

Step 2. Select “Extensions or Appearance or Plug-ins.”

Step 3. Pick out the add-on – Fast Search Assist you want to deactivate and click the “Disable” button then Restart Mozilla:51.

Tips To Mozilla:51 Browser

Step 1. Open Firefox, Click the icon that looks like three stacked lines at the top right of the browser window.

Step 2. Select the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

Step 3. Select ‘Troubleshooting information’ in the slide-out menu.

Step 4. Select the ‘Reset Firefox’ button at the top right of the new Web page.

Remove Fast Search Assist From Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Launch Microsoft Edge.

Step 2. Select More (…) to open the menu.

Step 3. Select Extensions from the menu.

Step 4. Right-click the extension – Fast Search Assist and select Delete, or select the extension and click the Delete button.

Tips To Reset Microsoft Edge Browser

Step 1. Access the “Settings” menu by clicking the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner of the Edge window and choose “Settings.”

Step 2. Under Clear browsing data, tap “Choose what to clear” and then click “Show more.” There are a lot of data types here. Select them all and click “Clear.” Restart your OS and re-open Edge for a clean slate.

Remove Fast Search Assist From Chrome 51.0.2704

Step 1. Start Mozilla:51 and go to Tools, there select Add-ons Manager.

Step 2. Next, from left panel click on Extensions option, find Fast Search Assist extension or any other unnecessary extension viruses and then Delete them immediately by clicking on Delete.

From Chrome 51.0.2704

Step 1. On your Windows system, launch Chrome.

Step 2. At the top right, click More Settings.

Step 3. At the bottom, mouse click Show advanced settings.

Step 4. Under the section “Reset settings,” click Reset settings.

Step 5. In the box that appears, click Reset.