How to remove Better Converter Pro from your browser

Also Known As: search.betterconverterprotab.com redirect
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Better Converter Pro browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Better Converter Pro?

Better Converter Pro is a browser hijacker, endorsed as a free file conversion tool. It is supposedly capable of converting up to thirty file formats and practically any file into a PDF document. In fact, it makes changes to browser settings to promote search.betterconverterprotab.com (a fake search engine). Better Converter Pro also monitors users' browsing habits and gathers their private data. Therefore, it is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). Note that this browser hijacker is often distributed together another PUA called Hide My Searches.

search.betterconverterprotab.com browser hijacker

The most common targets of browser hijackers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other popular browsers. After successful infiltration, they assign the addresses of their fake searchers as the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs. For example, with Better Converter Pro installed, any search query typed into the URL bar and each new tab/window opened redirects to search.betterconverterprotab.com. While these alternations may seem relatively minor and easy to undo, this is not the case. If users attempt to change anything, the changes are automatically reset (if access to the settings is allowed at all). The hijacker must be removed to recover the affected browser. Most fake search engines are unable to provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing or other legitimate search engines. Note that search.betterconverterprotab.com is no different - it simply redirects to search.yahoo.com. Browser hijackers often have data tracking capabilities. Better Converter Pro monitors browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collects users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations, and other details). This sensitive data is then shared with third parties (often, cyber criminals), intent on generating revenue by misusing it. The presence of data tracking content on systems can thus lead to various problems, such as financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Better Converter Pro.
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.41959777), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentia), Emsisoft (Trojan.GenericKD.41959777 (B)), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Better Converter Pro, Converter.
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly converts various file formats.
Promoted URL search.betterconverterprotab.com
Serving IP Address (search.betterconverterprotab.com) 3.224.86.188
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.
Additional Information Better Converter Pro is distributed with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.
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.
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File Converter NowFile Converter Hub, and Universal Converter are just a few examples of browser hijackers identical to Better Converter Pro. In fact, most PUAs share certain common traits. These applications may seem legitimate and often tempt users to install by offering "useful" features. In fact, these functions rarely operate as advertised and, in most cases, are nonoperational. The only purpose of all unwanted content is to generate revenue for the developers. Regular users receive no value and are exposed to various risks and issues. PUAs hijack browsers and promote fake search engines. Then can also force-open sale-oriented, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and even malicious websites. Some run intrusive advertisement campaigns (pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.), delivering ads that diminish the browsing experience and carry risks. Frequently, they track and record vulnerable data.

How did Better Converter Pro install on my computer?

Some PUAs (including Better Converter Pro) have "official" download web pages, however, they are also proliferated via the download/installation set-ups of other software. The deceptive marketing technique of packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, etc.), many users increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled software onto their devices. Once clicked, intrusive ads can execute scripts to download/install PUAs, without users' consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Research your required content, before downloading/installing. Use only official and verified download sources. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders and similar channels are untrusted and should be avoided. Treat download/Installation processes with caution. Read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, functions, etc. Intrusive ads usually seem normal and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography and others). If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with Better Converter Pro, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Better Converter Pro browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Better Converter Pro browser hijacker installation setup

Better Converter Pro browser hijacker asking for various permissions:

Better Converter Pro asking for permissions

Website promoting Better Converter Pro browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Better Converter Pro browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Better Converter Pro 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.

search.betterconverterprotab.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Better Converter Pro browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.betterconverterprotab.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 search.betterconverterprotab.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://search.betterconverterprotab.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 search.betterconverterprotab.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 "Better Converter Pro".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.betterconverterprotab.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.

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 search.betterconverterprotab.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 "Better Converter Pro" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.betterconverterprotab.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, disable "Better Converter Pro" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.betterconverterprotab.com or hxxps://hidemysearches.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 search.betterconverterprotab.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 "hxxp://search.betterconverterprotab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.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 search.betterconverterprotab.com redirect, 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 search.betterconverterprotab.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 "Better Converter Pro" (or simply "Converter"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").

Change your homepage:

Removing search.betterconverterprotab.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 "Better Converter Pro" (or simply "Converter") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.betterconverterprotab.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.betterconverterprotab.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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.betterconverterprotab.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, 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.betterconverterprotab.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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.

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