Convert My Vid Search browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Convert My Vid Search?
Convert My Vid Search is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that is categorized as browser hijacker. Typically, software of this type is designed to promote some fake search engine, Convert My Vid Search promotes feed.convertmyvid.com. Also, browser hijackers usually gather information about their users too. To be more precise, they record details related to browsing habits. We recommend to uninstall Convert My Vid Search or any other browser hijacker that may be installed on a browser (or/and operating system) as soon as possible.
In most cases browser hijackers can be installed on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. Typically, they promote fake search engines by changing settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. If installed, Convert My Vid Search changes them to feed.convertmyvid.com. It means that this address will be opened every time a user will open a browser, new tab or enter search query into URL bar. In order to change feed.convertmyvid.com to another address it is required to uninstall Convert My Vid Search, otherwise this app will reassign its settings after every attempt to undo/change them. Feed.convertmyvid.com is a fake search engine that does not generate any unique search results. If used, it redirects users to search.yahoo.com (a legitimate Yahoo search engine). Furthermore, like most apps of this type, Convert My Vid Search is designed to collect various information related to user's browsing activities. For example, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses, and so on. Nevertheless, there is always a possibility that a browser hijacker might be used to record sensitive details as well. Either way, people who create such apps usually share gathered information with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. To avoid problems related to browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft we recommend to uninstall Convert My Vid Search as soon as possible. The same should be done with any other browser hijacker that is (if is) installed on a browser or/and computer.
|Name||Convert My Vid Search|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names (feed.convertmyvid.com)||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Convert My Vid Search|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to convert videos.|
|Serving IP Address (feed.convertmyvid.com)||220.127.116.11|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
To eliminate feed.convertmyvid.com redirect our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Convert My Vid Search is just one of the many browser hijackers, other examples are PDF Converter HD Search, iSportTV Search Plus and Email Helper App. Typically, apps of this type supposed to include various features, however, most of them are completely useless and designed only to help developers to generate revenue.
How did Convert My Vid Search install on my computer?
In some cases PUAs can be downloaded from their download websites. However, more often than not people download and install them unwillingly. There are many cases where PUAs are distributed by including them in various download or installation setups. Developers do it with a purpose to trick people into downloading or/and installing unwanted apps together with other, wanted software. As a rule, they hide information about additionally included apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and similar settings of their setups. When people leave them unchanged, they also give permissions for unwanted apps to be downloaded or/and installed. Sometimes PUAs can be downloaded or installed through deceptive ads. Some ads, if clicked, are designed to run scripts that download or/and install unwanted software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
We recommend to download and install any software properly, especially if it is free. Programs should be downloaded from official websites and using direct links. Other sources or tools like Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages, third party downloaders, installers etc., should not be used. Also, we advise to always check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of any download or installation setup and dismiss offers to download or install some unwanted, additional programs. Also, it is recommended to not to click intrusive ads: they may look legitimate, however, once clicked, they usually redirect users to untrustworthy websites or download, install unwanted apps. Browsers can be stopped from opening questionable websites and/or displaying ads by uninstalling unwanted, suspicious plug-ins, add-ons, extensions from them. Additionally, it might be necessary to uninstall programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system too. If your computer is already infected with Convert My Vid Search, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Convert My Vid Search asks for a permission to access various data:
One of the websites that are used to promote Convert My Vid Search browser hijacker:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic removal of feed.convertmyvid.com redirect:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of feed.convertmyvid.com redirect. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Convert My Vid Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Convert My Vid Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove feed.convertmyvid.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Convert My Vid Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove feed.convertmyvid.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove feed.convertmyvid.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Convert My Vid Search browser hijacker removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Convert My Vid Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the feed.convertmyvid.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Convert My Vid Search browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://feed.convertmyvid.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:
Click the "gear" 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 "Convert My Vid Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the feed.convertmyvid.com redirect, 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 "Convert My Vid Search" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Convert My Vid Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.feed.convertmyvid.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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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.convertmyvid.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the feed.convertmyvid.com redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Convert My Vid Search" as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Convert My Vid Search", remove hxxp://feed.convertmyvid.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "convertmyvid"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with feed.convertmyvid.com redirect 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 and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Change your homepage:
Click the three horizontal dots 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:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove feed.convertmyvid.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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