SearchConverterHD is a browser hijacking application that frequently annoys web users with unwelcome pop-up advertisements in their browser. To operate, SearchConverterHD needs to connect itself to the main web browser in the system and to modify its homepage and/or search engine settings so that more advertisements can be displayed on the screen.
It doesn’t matter whether you use a popular web browser like Chrome, Firefox, Edge or any other browsing application, because almost every browser can be hijacked and have its settings changed by SearchConverterHD. Users usually detect the browser hijacker right away, as their regular web browsing activity starts to be disturbed by hundreds of sponsored advertisements, pop-up messages, banner ads and on-screen alerts that are difficult to remove and cover the content of the visited pages.
The replacements in the browser’s homepage URL and the change of the default search engine are two more symptom of the intrusive software that cannot be overlooked. They may be completely removed and replaced with some new ones that are totally unfamiliar to you. The role of the new homepage and the freshly installed search engine is to ensure that users are constantly being redirected to partnering websites and their screen is filled with sponsored search results.
Thankfully, SearchConverterHD is neither a virus that is meant to damage your computer nor malware (such as Ransomware, a Trojan, Spyware, etc.) that seeks to blackmail you or steal your data. This program actually claims that when you integrate it with your browser it will enhance your web browsing experience. Most of the time, however, SearchConverterHD simply tries to promote specific products, services, software and their related websites, so that its developers can generate pay-per-click and pay-per-view revenue from the visits and user clicks on the displayed advertisements.
However, many people see this browser hijacker as an annoying and unwanted piece of software and prefer to uninstall it from their browser. Additional irritation is caused by the fact that SearchConverterHD normally does not allow users to reset, undo or uninstall the unauthorized browser changes. It basically imposes the new settings and pressures the end user to deal with the newly installed search engine, homepage and new tab configurations. This is why people who don’t want to adapt to the hijacker’s “improvements” have no other option but to completely uninstall it and permanently remove its components from their browser.
Of course, for some people, it may not be that irritating to see ads during their web browsing sessions. Still, we feel obliged to warn you about the potential risks of keeping such software in your system. The main one is that if you are careless about the random pop-up messages, banner ads, redirect links and colorful notifications that a program such as SearchConverterHD can flash on your screen, you may easily become a victim of malicious advertising. Misleading web links, fake pop-ups, and too-good-to-be-true web offers may easily appear on your screen thanks to a browser hijacker and you may get tricked into clicking on them, downloading unwanted software, wasting your money by purchasing some unnecessary or low-quality products or services and even participating in web scams. Viruses and other security threats, especially Trojans, Spyware and Ransomware are well known to use malvertising as a method for their online distribution. With all this in mind, the best piece of advice we can give you is to stay away from everything that SearchConverterHD displays and regain control of your web browser with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Users may detect unauthorized changes in the browser’s search engine and/or homepage settings, new buttons and toolbars and aggressive ads all over their screen.|
|Distribution Method||Users may encounter Browser Hijackers in free program bundles, torrents, different shareware platforms, and spam messages.|
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To try and remove SearchConverterHD 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 SearchConverterHD extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove SearchConverterHD by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of SearchConverterHD and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed SearchConverterHD 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
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).
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:
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 SearchConverterHD 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 SearchConverterHD from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove SearchConverterHD 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!