Search.convertallfiles.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Convert All Files browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove search.convertallfiles.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.convertallfiles.com?

Developers present search.convertallfiles.com as a legitimate web search engine that supposedly enhances web browsing experience by generating the most accurate search results. On initial inspection search.convertallfiles.com actually seems appropriate and handy. However, users should know that this site is promoted using a browser-hijacking application called Convert All Files, which stealthily infiltrates computers without asking for a permission. This site is also proliferated using various download/installation setups. Moreover, search.convertallfiles.com continually monitors user's web browsing activity by recording various information.

search.convertallfiles.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Convert All Files and rogue setups usually target Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. Following successful infiltration, Convert All Files and browser-hijacking setups assign new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings as search.convertallfiles.com. On top of that, setups stealthily install a number of "helper objects" (third party applications and/or browser plug-ins). Convert All Files and "helper objects" are designed to reassign browsers' options every time someone attempts to change. For this reason, users are unable to return browsers to their previous state. Ultimately users have no choice but to visit search.convertallfiles.com every time they open a new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. As a result, web browsing quality significantly decreases. search.convertallfiles.com is also designed to redirect users to search.yahoo.com. In other words, search.convertallfiles.com does not generate any results by itself and users simply end up searching the web via Yahoo search engine. This means that search.convertallfiles.com is completely useless as a search engine. As mentioned above, search.convertallfiles.com (as well as Convert All Files and "helper objects") continually records data relating to user's web browsing activity. IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed - these are only few examples from a long list of collected data types. The problem is that fake search engines and rogue applications may contain personal information as well. On top of that, developers share this collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons misuse received information with an intention of generating revenue, which means that data tracking might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Users are strongly advised to immediately remove all potentially unwanted applications and never visit search.convertallfiles.com site again.

Internet is full of fake web search engines that share similarities with search.convertallfiles.com. The list of examples includes (but it is not limited to) cultsearch.pw, search.cogs.digital and search.pdftycoon.com. By offering a variety of "useful features", developers attempt (and often succeed) to create the impression of legitimacy and usefulness. In reality fake search engines usually give no real value for the user. Their true and only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of giving any real value, fake search engines cause unwanted redirects, as well as gather various information. By doing so, fake search engines like search.convertallfiles.com pose direct threat to user's privacy and web browsing safety.

How did search.convertallfiles.com install on my computer?

As mentioned above, search.convertallfiles.com is promoted using rogue download/installation setups. Same goes for Convert All Files. This promotion method is called "bundling". Unwanted applications (such as search.convertallfiles.com) as well as all details regarding browsers' settings modification are hidden behind "Custom/Advanced" options (or other sections) of download/installation processes. What's more important is that users often carelessly rush these procedures and skip most of the steps. By doing so users not only inadvertently grant setups a permission to modify various options but also put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In order to prevent this situation users must be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Potentially unwanted applications are also distributed using intrusive advertisements which redirect users to malicious websites, as well as execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs. Most of these ads redirect to unreliable websites. These typically redirect to questionable sites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.). Therefore, distinguishing is easy. Most of intrusive ads are delivered by adware-type apps, which means that users who encounter such ads/redirects frequently should remove all suspicious applications, as well as browser plug-ins. Moreover, be sure to analyze each window of download/installation dialogs, opt-out all additionally included programs and certainly not allow them to perform any changes. Software should be downloaded only from official sources, using direct download links, because third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting Convert All Files browser hijacker:

Dubious website used to promote search.convertallfiles.com

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

search.convertallfiles.com redirect removal:

Remove search.convertallfiles.com related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX","NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove convert all files browser hijacker related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar, choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Convert All Files browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove convert all files browser hijacker related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser. From the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove convert all files browser hijacker related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove convert all files browser hijacker related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.