Stop search.convertermastersearch.com from hijacking your browser

Also Known As: search.convertermastersearch.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Search.convertermastersearch.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.convertermastersearch.com?

Search.convertermastersearch.com is a fake search engine, advertised as a tool for optimizing and simplifying download/install processes. It is identical to search.genieosearch.comsearch.pardessov.com and many others. This website is spread through browser hijacking downloaders/installers. Browser hijackers can alter browser settings, as well as gathers intel on users' browsing activity and person (search.convertermastersearch.com is also capable of data tracking).

Search.convertermastersearch.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Browser hijackers are designed to target the most popular browsers, such as: Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox. They operate by changing browser's homepage, new tab/window URL and default search engine. These alterations affect browsers thusly: every new tab/window opened and every search query typed into the URL bar - all redirect to the hijacker's fake search engine. In this case, all these settings are reassigned to search.convertermastersearch.com; attempting to use the fake search engine results in redirects to search.yahoo.com - a legitimate one. Additionally, browser-hijacking setups are likely to install various PUAs (potentially unwanted applications) and browser extensions/plug-ins. These changes may seem easy to undo, however due to the installed additions - these settings are simply reverted, if access to them is at all possible. Some browser hijackers and search.convertermastersearch.com can gather sensitive data. By monitoring browsing activity (pages viewed, websites visited, search queries typed and etc.), they can gather personal information (IP address, geolocation and real-life identity details). This data is then shared with third parties, intent on using it for profit; therefore users' personal info can end up serving criminal purposes. To summarize, content capable of data tracking - can lead to serious privacy issues, even culminate in identity theft. If redirected to search.convertermastersearch.com, users are highly recommended to inspect their system and uninstall all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name search.convertermastersearch.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Serving IP Address 50.16.158.128
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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There are thousands of fake search engines out there, many are practically identical. They are designed to appear legitimate and lure users with offers of "practical" features. It is rare that any of them operate as advertised, if they are functional at all. It must be stated, that both undesirable applications and such websites are designed solely for the purpose of generating revenue; to users they are of no genuine value. Instead of working as promised, they generate redirects to sale-oriented, untrustworthy and even malicious sites, as well as spy on users' browsing habits and gather vulnerable intel.

How did Search.convertermastersearch.com install on my computer?

Search.convertermastersearch.com is promoted through rogue downloaders/installers. "Bundling" is a false marketing tactic, by which additions (e.g. potentially unwanted applications, browser extensions/plug-ins, etc.) are packed together with regular content. User tendency to rush through the download/install processes is well known and freely abused by developers of various malignant content. By ignoring terms, skipping steps and using pre-set options - user can miss the presence of unwanted additions and the modifications they make (e.g. change browser settings, track data and similar). In summary, user haste and inexperience with the download/install processes are the main causes for invasions by fake search engines such as search.convertermastersearch.com.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

As potentially unwanted applications (or PUAs) are spread through install packs/bundles, users are encouraged to use caution when downloading/installing software. It is highly recommended to only use official and verified sources for downloading (preferably, via direct download links). Using peer-to-peer sharing networks (e.g. BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - is strongly advised against. Untrustworthy sources are more likely to contain software bundled with PUAs. Users should read installation terms and study possible options, in order to verify that they are allowing exactly what they intend to into their systems. Additionally, using "Custom/Advanced" install settings and opting-out/declining additional apps/features - is advised. Unwanted applications can also be installed without user consent and/or knowledge. By clicking on intrusive advertisements (typically, located within untrustworthy websites) users can trigger them to execute scripts to download/install PUAs. Therefore, users should avoid suspicious sites and adverts. Designers of invasive advertisements put a great amount of effort into making them look legitimate and harmless. However, a sign of their inauthenticity can be the unreliable sites they redirect to (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography and similar). In case of suspicious ads/redirects, users are recommended to inspect their device and remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting Search.convertermastersearch.com:

Dubious website used to promote Search.convertermastersearch.com

Instant automatic removal of search.convertermastersearch.com browser hijacker: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of search.convertermastersearch.com browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to terminate unwanted redirects to search.convertermastersearch.com using Combo Cleaner:

Search.convertermastersearch.com redirect removal:

Remove Search.convertermastersearch.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 search.convertermastersearch.com 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.

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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.

search.convertermastersearch.com browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.convertermastersearch.com 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 search.convertermastersearch.com 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 search.convertermastersearch.com 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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