How to remove the Mindspark Search Assistant malware

Most antivirus programs classify 1gSrcAs.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: such as FileRepMetagen [PUP] (detected by Avast), and PUA:Win32/MyWebSearch (detected by Microsoft). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Mindspark Search Assistant 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 Mindspark Search Assistant and how to get rid of it.

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1gSrcAs.dll file information

The process known as Mindspark Search Assistant or Mindspark Toolbar Platform or MindSpark Search Assistant belongs to software Mindspark Search Assistant for Internet Explorer or Mindspark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer or MindSpark Search Assistant for Internet Explorer by Mindspark or MindSpark.

Description: 1gSrcAs.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. 1gSrcAs.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—typically C:\Program Files (x86)\InboxAce_1g\bar\1.bin\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 144,968 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 139,336 bytes, 62,864 bytes or 140,360 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 9359da42-06fb-46f2-9e4a-05c05b98a5ef. The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. The 1gSrcAs.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. It is digitally signed. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows system file. 1gSrcAs.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with 1gSrcAs.dll, you can also do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Mindspark Interactive Network or InboxAce Internet Explorer Toolbar)
  2) visit the support page [1][2].

Recommended: Identify 1gSrcAs.dll related errors

Important: You should check the 1gSrcAs.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Mindspark Search Assistant 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.


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Best practices for resolving 1gSrcAs issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active 1gSrcAs process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the 1gSrcAs.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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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