Feed.convertowiz.com Redirect

Also Known As: ConvertoWiz browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Feed.convertowiz.com redirect removal instructions

What is feed.convertowiz.com ?

feed.convertowiz.com is presented as a legitimate search engine, however, this is a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called ConvertoWiz. According to the developers, this app converts various documents to .pdf format (PDF files). Users often install apps of this type inadvertently. When installed, they collect data and modify targeted browser settings.

feed.convertowiz.com browser hijacker

Typically, applications such as ConvertoWiz target browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. When installed, this app assigns settings such as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL to feed.convertowiz.com. None of these settings can be reverted to their previous states as long as ConvertoWiz is installed (it prevents users from changing the settings and reassigns them if attempts are made). ConvertoWiz forces users to visit feed.convertowiz.com when they open a browser, new tab, or enter a search query using the URL bar. As a search engine, this web page is useless. When a search is performed, it simply redirects to search.yahoo.com and displays results generated by Yahoo. Therefore, feed.convertowiz.com does not generate unique search results. This fake search engine and the Convertowiz app record browsing-related data such as URLs of visited websites, search queries, geo-locations, IP addresses, and so on. Private details might also be recorded. The data is continually shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing it. Therefore, do not use fake search engines or apps that are categorized as browser hijackers.

Fake search engines and apps used to promote them (browser hijackers) are usually presented as legitimate, practical, useful, and so on. In fact, developers have just one aim purpose: to trick people into installing and using them. These apps are useless and deliver no real value. Furthermore, once installed, they usually perform actions that allow the developers to generate revenue. Examples of other fake search engines are searchsecureprime.cosearch.securybrowse.com, and search.searchm3w1.com.

How did ConvertoWiz install on my computer?

In most cases, unwanted apps infiltrate systems without direct permission - users download and install them unintentionally. Typically, apps of this type are installed through intrusive (deceptive) advertisements that are capable of executing scripts. In other cases, this happens when software developers use the "bundling" method. Bundling allows them to trick people into installing and downloading unwanted apps together with regular software. Developers hide information regarding the inclusion of bundled apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the installation/download set-ups. Unwanted installations/downloads usually occur due to careless behaviour: i.e. installation/download steps are skipped without checking settings/options.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid unwanted downloads and installations of unwanted applications, handle download and installation processes with caution. Download software from official/trustworthy sources only and avoid using third party downloaders/installers. These tools often are monetized by promoting various unwanted (rogue) applications. Do not skip software download/installation steps without checking all "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings/options of the set-up. Deselect offers to download or install apps that are not required and only then finish the download or installation process. Be careful when browsing the internet. Avoid intrusive ads that are displayed on dubious websites. Once clicked, they often redirect to untrustworthy websites (such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on). If you experience unwanted redirects or intrusive ads, check installed browser plug-ins, extensions, and add-ons and remove any suspicious/unwanted entries. Also check unknown or unwanted programs installed on your computer. If your computer is already infected with ConvertoWiz, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting ConvertoWiz browser hijacker:

Website used to promote ConvertoWiz browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

ConvertoWiz browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

feed.convertowiz.com  browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "ConvertoWiz"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the feed.convertowiz.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

ConvertoWiz browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing feed.convertowiz.com  related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.convertowiz.com  from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://feed.convertowiz.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing feed.convertowiz.com  from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Search".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the convertowiz browser hijacker, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing feed.convertowiz.com  related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "ConvertoWiz" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.convertowiz.com  from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a "ConvertoWiz" browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.feed.convertowiz.com ) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing feed.convertowiz.com  from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "feed.convertowiz.com ", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the convertowiz browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing feed.convertowiz.com  related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "ConvertoWiz", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.convertowiz.com  from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "ConvertoWiz",  remove hxxp://feed.convertowiz.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing feed.convertowiz.com  from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "feed.convertowiz.com "
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with convertowiz browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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