RotatorAssist is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) belonging to the family of Adware. Adware software is a type of malware. It is designed to bombard you with annoying ads and pop-up windows that could potentially be dangerous for your machine. If you get adware software on your MAC OS, it can change internet browser settings and install malicious browser extensions.
Even worse, the RotatorAssist adware can install a component that enables its developer to track which web-sites you visit, which products you look at upon those pages. They are then able to choose the type of ads they display you. So, if you had adware on your MAC, there is a good chance you have another that is gathering and sharing your personal information with third parties, without your consent.
If you want to remove the RotatorAssist adware, you will not succeed, because this adware is very stubborn. But with the help of the following instructions, you surely can uninstall RotatorAssist adware completely from the Mac OS.
How does the RotatorAssist adware get on your Apple Mac
|Name||RotatorAssist, Rotator Assist 1.0 app|
|Type||adware software, PUP (potentially unwanted program), pop-ups, pop-up ads, popup virus|
|Removal||RotatorAssist removal guide|
How to remove RotatorAssist adware
We can help you get rid of RotatorAssist ads from your web browsers, without the need to take your computer to a professional. Simply follow the removal tutorial below if you currently have an unwanted software on your Mac and want to remove it. If you have any difficulty while trying to remove the RotatorAssist adware, feel free to ask for our help in the comment section below. Certain of the steps will require you to restart your Apple Mac or close this web-page. So, read this guide carefully, then bookmark this page or open it on your smartphone for later reference.
To remove RotatorAssist, execute the following steps:
- How to get rid of RotatorAssist adware without any software
- Automatic Removal of RotatorAssist adware
- How to stay safe online
- Finish words
How to get rid of RotatorAssist adware without any software
The step-by-step guidance will help you manually get rid of RotatorAssist adware from the MAC OS. If you are not good at computers, we suggest that you use the free utilities listed below.
Delete potentially unwanted software using the Finder
Some of potentially unwanted software, adware and hijackers can be uninstalled using the ‘Move to Trash’ utility which is located in the Finder. So, if you are using any version of Mac OS and you have noticed an unwanted program, then first try to remove it through the Finder.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
It will display a list of all software installed on your MAC. Scroll through the all list, and remove any questionable and unknown software. Right click to dubious program and select “Move to Trash”. Another solution is drag the program from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Most important, scroll through the all list, and move to trash any unknown applications. Don’t forget, select Finder -> Empty Trash.
Delete RotatorAssist from Safari
If you find that Safari internet browser settings like search engine, new tab page and startpage having been changed by the RotatorAssist adware, then you may return your settings, via the reset web browser procedure.
Run Safari web-browser. Next, choose Preferences from the Safari menu.
First, click the “Security” tab. Here, choose “Block pop-up windows”. It will stop some types of pop-ups.
Now, click the “Extensions” icon. Look for suspicious addons on left panel, choose it, then click the “Uninstall” button. Most important to remove all suspicious plugins from Safari.
Once complete, check your homepage and search engine settings. Click “General” tab. Make sure that the “Homepage” field contains the website you want or is empty.
Make sure that the “Search engine” setting shows your preferred search engine. In some versions of Safari, this setting is in the “Search” tab.
Remove RotatorAssist adware from Chrome
If adware software, other program or addons replaced your Chrome settings without your knowledge, then you can get rid of RotatorAssist and revert back your browser settings in Chrome at any time. It’ll keep your personal information such as browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
- First, run the Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed plugins. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of RotatorAssist from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web browser settings
If the Firefox internet browser program is hijacked by RotatorAssist, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Mozilla Firefox settings like default search provider, startpage and new tab to their default values. It will keep your personal information like browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
First, launch the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, click the Help button () as on the image below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the RotatorAssist adware software. Once, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Automatic Removal of RotatorAssist adware
If you are not expert at computer technology, then we recommend to run free removal utilities listed below to get rid of RotatorAssist for good. The automatic solution is highly recommended. It has less steps and easier to implement than the manual method. Moreover, it lower risk of system damage. So, the automatic RotatorAssist removal is a better option.
How to remove RotatorAssist with MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM)
We suggest using the MalwareBytes. You can download and install MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) to look for adware and thereby get rid of RotatorAssist ads from your web-browsers. When installed and updated, this free malicious software remover automatically identifies and removes all threats present on the MAC system.
Click the following link to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) for Mac.
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When the downloading process is done, close all windows on your machine. Further, start the saved file. Follow the prompts.
The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you may see its main window like below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes program will scan through the whole MAC for the RotatorAssist adware. Depending on your MAC, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes Anti Malware is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
Once MalwareBytes Anti Malware completes the scan, the results are displayed in the scan report. Make sure to check mark the threats which are unsafe and then click “Remove Selected Items” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware will remove RotatorAssist adware.
How to stay safe online
It is important to use ad-blocking apps such as AdGuard to protect your MAC OS from harmful websites. Most security experts says that it’s okay to stop ads. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to block misleading and other unwanted web-sites.
- Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard on your Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
AdGuard for Mac download
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- After downloading is done, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the install is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted ads, block malicious and misleading web sites.
Now your machine should be clean of the RotatorAssist adware. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted advertisements and intrusive harmful web sites) and MalwareBytes AntiMalware (to periodically scan your computer for new malicious software, hijacker infections and adware software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Mac operating system. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, malicious applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove RotatorAssist ads from your internet browser, then ask for help here.