What is AbsoluteConverter?
According to the developers, AbsoluteConverter allows conversion of all videos, images, and documents in a single click. This may seem a useful tool, especially for users who work with various files and need regular conversions.
In fact, AbsoluteConverter is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a 'bundler' to be more precise. Users often install it unintentionally via the "bundling" method, and it also installs other PUAs.
When installed, AbsoluteConverter places a desktop shortcut that is used to open a small window whereby users can browse their computers for files that need to be converted.
Like most apps installed using the "bundling" method, AbsoluteConverter is used to proliferate other applications - potentially unwanted applications such as adware, browser-hijackers, and other similar apps. One app known to be installed via bundling together with AbsoluteConverter is AppMaster (categorized as an adware-type application).
Browser hijackers and adware-type apps (usually installed inadvertently with other software) often cause unwanted redirects, gather user-information, and deliver advertisements. If AbsoluteConverter is present on your system, we recommend that you uninstall it immediately. Also uninstall any other unwanted/unknown applications (including AppMaster).
|Name||Asolute Converter potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Symptoms||A program that you don't recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment in order to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Many potentially unwanted applications have similar behavior - they are promoted as 'useful programs', but most are installed without users' knowledge and generate revenue by collecting data, causing redirects, and delivering ads. Few of these apps are legitimate or provide the functionality promised.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
AbsoluteConverter has an official website from where it can be downloaded, however, these applications are installed using the "bundling" method, a deceptive marketing method used to install potentially unwanted applications with regular software.
They are installed without users' direct permission - software developers hide them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar sections of the installation processes. Information about the presence of bundled apps within installation set-ups is not properly disclosed.
Furthermore, many users skip installation steps and inadvertently allow these rogue apps to be installed. This careless behaviour can also lead to even more serious problems such as privacy/browsing safety issues.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
We strongly recommend that you download software using legitimate, official/trustworthy websites, or other sources. That does not include third party software downloaders or torrent clients. Handle each software installation with care - do not finish any installation without checking all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other options or settings of the installation processes.
Deselect all bundled apps and only then finish the installation. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements (developed by cyber criminals) may seem legitimate, but they are often malicious and cause unwanted redirects to untrustworthy sites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.
If you encounter these ads, check for unknown/unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on yourbrowser (or programs installed on your computer) and remove them immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of AbsoluteConverter application:
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- What is AbsoluteConverter?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "AbsoluteConverter" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At time of research, AbsoluteConverter did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications are installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or experience unwanted redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the asolute converter potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the asolute converter potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with asolute converter potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the asolute converter potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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