Convert2mp3 “Virus” Removal (July 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Convert2mp3 “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Most PC programs are supposed to help the user in some way. However, unfortunately, there are a lot of software apps and programs out there that, despite being legitimate and legal, are actually more or less useless and even unwanted. One infamous category of software that consists of apps which are typically deemed unwanted is the so called browser hijacker type. Most apps from this category are similar to the majority of regular browser extensions in the sense that they can get added to the user’s browsers like IE, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc. and make various changes to them. Some of the more typical examples of what a hijacker might be able to do to your browser are it might try to alter the search engine, the homepage and the new-tab page of your browser as well as redirect you to online pages that it is trying to promote and advertise. One good example of a browser hijacking application is a recently released piece of software that most users and researchers know as Convert2mp3 “Virus”. Since Convert2mp3 “Virus” has already gotten installed on a big number of computers and many customers are currently seeking ways to stop this page-redirecting app from messing with their browsers, we have decided to put the emphasis of this article on it. In case you have Convert2mp3 “Virus” on your machine right now and you, too, are looking for a reliable and effective way of uninstalling and removing it, know that here you can find all the help you might need for eliminating the irritating app. A guide down below contains detailed instructions and guidelines that will show you exactly what needs to be done in order to get rid of Convert2mp3 “Virus” or any similar hijacker. Note that if you don’t complete all of the steps, the unwanted page-redirecting app might not get fully removed and it might return to bother you in future. Apps like Convert2mp3 “Virus” tend to be really invasive and oftentimes possess features that make them somewhat trick to remove. A simple uninstall might not do the job and that is the reason why we believe that all of the steps from our guide should be completed for full and effective removal. Furthermore, we have also added a suggested malware/unwanted software removal tool within the guide – you can use that tool in combination with the guide or separately to eradicate Convert2mp3 “Virus” if you feel like you might need the additional help.

Convert2mp3 “Virus” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Convert2mp3 from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Convert2mp3 from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Convert2mp3 from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

Do you have any reason to feel intimidated by such a hijacker?

Browser hijacker software is not typically seen as some nasty form of malicious viruses like Trojans or Ransomware. Hijackers are all about advertising and promoting different kinds of stuff. The more users get subjected to the aggressive advertising campaigns conducted by such apps, the greater the revenue that their creators would be able to accumulate. This is the main function and purpose of most software applications of this category meaning that in most cases your computer system should not be threatened (at least not directly) by a hijacker software piece. That said, though direct damage might not come from a hijacker, users need to understand that not all the content promoted by such apps is always legitimate. There are many shady advertising networks out there and if some ads or pages from such networks get streamed by the hijacker inside your browser, there might be a certain risk of your PC getting exposed to various dangers. That is the reason it is essential you never interact with any content put on your screen by a hijacker browser-redirect. You surely wouldn’t want to have your computer getting contaminated by some nasty piece of malware like a Trojan, a Ransomware, a Spyware or a Worm. Therefore, just make sure to keep your distance from anything coming from the hijacker and also ensure to eliminate the pesky app to avoid potential security hazards.

How does such software get distributed?

A favourite method for distributing potentially unwanted apps like Convert2mp3 “Virus” is the bundling technique where the hijacker is added to another program’s installation file. The default setup configuration then typically allows the installation of the bundled app and since many users choose this setup option they are likely to also get the unwanted browser-redirecting app. However, if you want to prevent this from happening, you will need to access the Custom setup menu – there you will have more options regarding the installation and you will be able to choose which of the bundled apps to leave out. Always use this setup option and make sure to uncheck any added software installs that you might not want on your computer after the installation of the main program from the file bundle has been installed.

Name Convert2mp3
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Odd browser changes that you did not allow or agree to.
Distribution Method Usually, through file bundling and spam messages.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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