ConverterzSearch is a type of software that is commonly referred to as browser hijacker. This means that ConverterzSearch ‘hijacks’ users’ browsing programs by altering their settings and imposing its own.
For example, ConverterzSearch, may replace your default search engine with a new one. In addition, it may also change the homepage of your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other main browsing program. This actually happens to be the first symptom that tips users off about the presence of a browser hijacker in their system.
Other very noticeable symptoms include the large quantities of online ads that start to line every page you visit. They can come in every shape and size imaginable, including popups, banners, box messages, in-text links and even annoying page redirects that simply reroute you and send to various sponsored web locations without warning. Clearly, all of this can get on just about anyone’s nerves. And once you realize that there is absolutely nothing you can do to influence your own browser’s configurations, you will surely want to remove ConverterzSearch all the more.
And that is why we have come up with the below removal guide – to help users such as yourself take care of this advertising nightmare and return to an undisturbed, peaceful web browsing experience. You may have already realized that this particular piece of programming doesn’t come with an integrated uninstallation option. This is because the developers of ConverterzSearch are interested in it remaining on your computer for as long as possible, since this means that it will generate more profit for them.
Thus, trying to remove ConverterzSearch on your own may often yield no results as leaving any residual components in the system may lead to the hijacker simply reinstalling itself anew.
This very fact can appear to be quite worrisome to many users and may even prompt them to think they’ve been infected by some dangerous virus or similar software. Luckily, however, ConverterzSearch, Burst Search, Search Powered by Yahoo is not a virus or malware and it cannot harm your computer the way that a Trojan horse or ransomware would.
But that doesn’t make ConverterzSearch entirely safe either and in many cases it may even indirectly lead to exposure to such threats. That is why we would generally not recommend allowing this type of software to remain on your PC for much longer. Moreover, we would even encourage you to try and minimize or completely avoid your interactions with the displayed ads, as there’s no telling where they may lead you.
There are also plenty of other reasons to not leave ConverterzSearch embedded in your OS for longer periods of time. And one such reason is the potential slowdown that it may lead to as a result of the constant background activities that take their toll on your computer’s CPU and RAM. Furthermore, the same may also even result in browser crashes and a compromised performance of other apps on your computer. Not to mention that sometimes browser hijackers can be accused of collecting browsing data from infected computers and that can directly qualify as a privacy violation.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Banners, box messages, popups and various other types of online ads flooding the screen every time you try to browse the web.|
|Distribution Method||Software like ConverterzSearch is typically distributed in so-called program bundles as an optional install.|
To try and remove ConverterzSearch quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the ConverterzSearch extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove ConverterzSearch by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of ConverterzSearch and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed ConverterzSearch removal guide below.
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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove ConverterzSearch from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove ConverterzSearch from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove ConverterzSearch from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!