What is Converter King?
Converter King is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker that supposedly operates as an online file converter. In fact, it promotes a fake search engine (search.converterkingtab.com) by changing browser settings and recording browsing data. In most cases, people download and install browser hijackers and other PUAs inadvertently.
Generally, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by assigning their addresses to the default search engine, homepage, and new tab settings. Converter King sets them to search.converterkingtab.com.
Therefore, people who have Converter King installed on their browsers and operating systems are forced to visit search.converterkingtab.com when they open a new browser window, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar.
Note that search.converterkingtab.com is classed as a fake search engine since it does not generate unique results - it simply provides results generated by Yahoo. Therefore, people who use search.converterkingtab.com are redirected to search.yahoo.com.
In most cases, the only way to remove an unwanted address (in this case, search.converterkingtab.com) that was appointed by the browser hijacker settings is to uninstall the PUA. As mentioned, browser hijackers often record browsing data. Typically, they collect data such as IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of each visited websites, and so on.
Many browser hijackers also record personal, sensitive information. Developers sell the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.
To avoid problems relating to browsing safety, privacy and identity theft, and stop being forced to visit the address of a fake search engine, we recommend that you uninstall all browser hijackers (including Converter King) immediately.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), Cyren (W32/Trojan.GREA-9212), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/OpenDownloadManager), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly operates as an online file converter.|
|Serving IP Address (search.converterkingtab.com)||18.104.22.168|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Generally, apps of this type are advertised useful and legitimate, however, their primary task is to change browser settings and gather information. PUAs deliver no real value or any useful features - they do not operate as advertised. People who have them installed on their systems, and use them, risk various problems.
How did Converter King install on my computer?
In most cases, people download and/or install PUAs when they click deceptive ads or download/install other software with PUAs included in the set-ups as additional offers. Unwanted downloads/installations occur when users click deceptive that can execute scripts designed to downloadinstall unwanted apps.
In other cases, PUAs are downloaded/installed when they are included into various download/installation set-ups.
Typically, information about these additionally-included apps can be found in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings. Many people leave these settings unchanged, thereby giving various PUAs permissions to be downloaded and/or installed through the set-ups of regular programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Download software only from official pages and through direct links. It is not safe to download/install through third party downloaders/installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule) unofficial web pages or other dubious sources/tools. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of download/installation setups.
These often mention additional downloads/installations, especially when software is free. Do not click intrusive ads displayed on dubious websites. If clicked, these can redirect people to untrustworthy websites or download/install unwanted software.
If the browser opens dubious web pages automatically and/or various ads appear on most visited websites, remove all suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from the browser, and software of this kind from the operating system immediately.
If your computer is already infected with Converter King, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Converter King browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Converter King 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
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- What is Converter King?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Converter King application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.converterkingtab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Converter King browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.converterkingtab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.converterkingtab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Converter King browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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, "Converter King"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.converterkingtab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Converter King 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.converterkingtab.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 "Converter King".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.converterkingtab.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 "Converter King" 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 "Converter King", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.converterkingtab.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 "search.converterkingtab.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 search.converterkingtab.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 "Converter King", 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 "Converter King", remove hxxp://search.converterkingtab.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with search.converterkingtab.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.converterkingtab.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.
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