Complete Searchconverternet.com removal instruction
Searchconverternet.com is a fake search engine promoted by a browser hijacker application, named SearchConverterNet. It operates by altering the installed web browsers’ settings. Additionally, it bears the potential to track users’ browsing session and collect the data related to their web browsing activities. The browser hijacker is considered as a potentially unwanted application because it is very uncommon that people download it with intention.
After the successful installation, SearchConverterNet hijacks all installed web browsers, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox and so on. It changes their settings and assigns the promoted URL to the default homepage, new tab page and search engine option. While these changes seem minor, the victims seem it significantly uneasy to undo. In other word, they are forced to visit Searchconverternet.com site all the time when they open their browsing tab and enter any queries on the URL bar.
Typically, fake search engines are not capable of displaying their own search results. They display search results generated by some legit web searchers like Google.com, Bing.com or Search.yahoo.com. Searchconverternet.com is not an exception to this. It tends to redirect to Search.yahoo.com (Yahoo). The problem with this redirect is that then all the displayed search results can have inserted suspicious links and ads in them. Such ads can cause unwanted downloads and trigger personal data exposure and many more issues.
What’s more, PUAs have the common functionalities to track users’ browsing session and collect the data related to their web browsing activities. It is possible that SearchConverterNet has this capability as well. It allows the unwanted application to track the users’ browsing session and collect the data related to their web browsing activities. The list of the collected data could include:
- IP addresses,
- Search queries,
- Viewed pages,
- URLs visited,
- Geo-locations and etc.
So, before any worst issue occur on you like the issues related to privacy, identity fraud/ theft and even more severe ones, make sure that you remove Searchconverternet.com and all associated components.
How did Searchconverternet.com intrude in my computer?
It is common that potentially unwanted applications are often distributed via bundling them into the download/ installation setup of regular software as additional components. Usually, such bundled apps come up with freeware download. Users can decline such offers using Custom/ Advanced or similar settings or by un-ticking certain checkboxes to those downloaders/ installers. When they finish the download and installation without making the aforementioned changes, they lead to the inadvertent installation of unwanted applications. In some cases, users cause the unwanted download when they click some intrusive ads that can execute certain scripts.
How to prevent PUAs infection?
It is highly advised to download programs and files from official websites and direct links and finish the installation process only after decline the unwanted offers. You can avoid installation of anything unwanted when you choose Custom/Advanced option at the installation moment or un-tick the checkboxes of the downloaders/ installers. Another necessary thing is to always use only official websites and direct links for any software download. To avoid system infections from any intrusive ads, make sure you never interact with any shady content presented on questionable pages. When you see any suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons already installed, you should uninstall them immediately. Take the help of our manual instruction provided below or use some professional antivirus tool for that.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove Searchconverternet.com:
Remove the related items of Searchconverternet.com using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing Searchconverternet.com issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (Searchconverternet.com) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to Searchconverternet.com removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to Searchconverternet.com still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove Searchconverternet.com plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in Searchconverternet.com removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete Searchconverternet.com (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.