Domain Error Assistant virus
The Domain Error Assistant virus (also found as Domain Error virus; though not technically a computer virus) is potential malware categorized as a browser hijacker and spyware that installs to a Microsoft Windows computer system and attaches to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension with or without user consent. Domain Error Assistant also bundles with third-party items and other potential malware including adware platforms Slick Savings, Desk 365, and others.
Once Domain Error Assistant malware is installed it will begin to change Microsoft Windows start-up settings and internet browser settings. Furthermore Domain Error Assistant will install unwanted applications used to promote advertisements and may violate user privacy by collecting and distributing sensitive user information. Domain Error Assistant can also ruin a computer’s functionality and internet browsing experience by causing unwanted browser redirects and startups.
Domain Error Assistant malware and third-party items have also been reported to submit collected user information to third-party marketing and mailing lists without user consent or knowledge. Some users have reported excessive email spam, junk mail, and have even complained of unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers concerning their recent browser activity and history.
If installed, Domain Error Assistant can access your data on all websites (information you manually input, account creation information, usernames, passwords, web searches, etc.) and the item can access your tabs and browsing activity.
Domain Error Assistant and similar browser hijackers raise many privacy concerns. In a more severe scenarios (though rare) users have fallen victim to credit theft, extortion, and identity theft. Though these crimes are not common, if Domain Error Assistant is installed to a computer system and attached to browsers, the user is at further risk than normal.
How does Domain Error Assistant malware get onto a computer?
Domain Error Assistant malware primarily bundles with third-party freeware and shareware. In some cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install Domain Error Assistant and other items; however, the request to decline the offer is usually ignored or presented in a colluding manner.
The Domain Error Assistant virus may also hide inside third-party software and can be contracted from suspicious advertisements, email spam, torrents, etc.
How to remove Domain Error Assistant
- Automatically remove Domain Error Assistant – Scan for and automatically remove Domain Error Assistant and third-party malware
- Manually remove Domain Error Assistant – Remove/Uninstall Domain Error Assistant software and third-party malware (if necessary)
1. Automatic Domain Error Assistant removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Domain Error Assistant and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Domain Error Assistant and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall Domain Error Assistant and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Domain Error Assistant, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Domain Error Assistant removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall the Domain Error Assistant hijacker and third-party software using Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Domain Error Assistant
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for Domain Error Assistant and other potentially unwanted software. Once the adware program is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button. Keep in mind that Domain Error Assistant may use a different title name.
How to remove Domain Error Assistant add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove Domain Error Assistant add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Domain Error Assistant extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Domain Error Assistant add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Domain Error Assistant add-on and remove it if located.