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 with another PUA called Hide My Searches.
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, and 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.
|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.|
|Serving IP Address (search.betterconverterprotab.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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File Converter Now, File Converter Hub, and Universal Converter are just some examples of browser hijackers identical to Better Converter Pro. In fact, most PUAs share certain common characteristics. 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 this 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. They can also force-open sale-oriented, untrusted, 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 also 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 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:
Better Converter Pro browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting Better Converter Pro browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Better Converter Pro?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Better Converter Pro application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.betterconverterprotab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Better Converter Pro browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.betterconverterprotab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.betterconverterprotab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Better Converter Pro 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, "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:
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://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:
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 "Better Converter Pro".
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.
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 "Better Converter Pro" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), 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 "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:
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 "hxxp://search.betterconverterprotab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.com", and 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 search.betterconverterprotab.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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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:
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 "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:
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.
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, 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
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 (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- 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 search.betterconverterprotab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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