My Video Converter browser hijacker removal instructions
What is My Video Converter?
My Video Converter is an application which supposed to deliver a quick access to websites that offer video converting service. However, it is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker. My Video Converter is designed to promote search.hfilevideoconverter.com, an address of a fake search engine by changing browser's settings and collect various data. This app is distributed alongside with another PUA called Encrypted Search. Browser hijackers are classified as PUAs because people tend to download and install them unknowingly (unintentionally).
As a rule, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing browser's settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. My Video Converter changes them to search.hfilevideoconverter.com. Simply said, it makes sure that users would have to visit this address/fake search engine when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. Search.hfilevideoconverter.com is a fake search engine because it does not generate unique, individual results. It redirects users to search.yahoo.com/provides results generated by Yahoo. It is common that address of a fake search engine cannot be removed from browser's settings as long as a browser hijacker is installed. In other words, they only way to remove it is to uninstall a browser hijacker. In this case search.hfilevideoconverter.com can be stopped from being opened on certain occasions only by uninstalling My Video Converter. Furthermore, most browser hijackers not only promote fake search engines but also gather various information. For instance, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited/opened web pages, geolocations, and so on. In some cases apps of this type target sensitive, personal details as well. It is common that their developers sell that data to third parties who misuse in other ways. There is always a possibility that developers may share user's data with cyber criminals. Browser hijackers can be the reason behind problems related to privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft. For these reasons apps of this type should not be downloaded and installed. If My Video Converter, Encrypted Search or any other PUA is already installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it should be uninstalled right away.
|Name||My Video Converter|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), AVG (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/WinWrapper), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||My Video Converter|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to allow users to quickly access various video converting pages.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hfilevideoconverter.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.|
|Additional Information||My Video Converter is distributed with another browser hijacker called Encrypted Search.|
|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 malware infections our security researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Some examples of apps that are categorized as browser hijackers too are Directions Tab, Delicious Online Recipes and Easy Template Finder. It is common that developers advertise browser hijackers (and other PUAs) as legitimate, useful applications that supposed to deliver some features. Nevertheless, apps of this type usually are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue, do not deliver any value and can cause various problems.
How did My Video Converter install on my computer?
Very often PUAs are distributed by including them in setups of other software. This distribution method is known as "bundling". It is used to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs alongside with regular, usually free software. In most cases information about additionally included apps is not disclosed properly, it can be found in setup's settings like "Custom", "Advanced". When people leave them unchecked and unchanged they often agree with offers to download and install unwanted apps together with a desired software. Another way to unintentionally download and/or install PUAs is by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is not recommended to download and/or install software through third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial websites and other channels of this kind. It should be done by using official websites and direct links. Also, it is important to check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of any download and/or installation setup and see if they mention offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Those offers should be declined before completing downloads and/or installations. Intrusive ads that are shown on questionable websites should not be trusted/clicked. Quite often they open various untrustworthy websites or cause downloads or even installations of unwanted software. If there are any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser, then they should be removed as soon as possible. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be uninstalled as well. If your computer is already infected with My Video Converter, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
My Video Converter browser hijacker installation setup:
My Video Converter asks for a permission to read and change data:
Website promoting My Video Converter 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 My Video Converter?
- STEP 1. Uninstall My Video Converter application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hfilevideoconverter.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove My Video Converter browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hfilevideoconverter.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hfilevideoconverter.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
My Video Converter 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, "My Video Converter"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.hfilevideoconverter.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
My Video Converter 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.hfilevideoconverter.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 "My Video Converter".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hfilevideoconverter.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 "My Video Converter" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Encrypted Search"), 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 "My Video Converter" or "Encrypted Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.hfilevideoconverter.com or hxxps://encryptedsearch.org) 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.hfilevideoconverter.com" and "hxxp://encryptedsearch.org"", 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.hfilevideoconverter.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 "My Video Converter", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Encrypted Search").
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 "My Video Converter" or "Encrypted Search", remove hxxp://search.hfilevideoconverter.com or hxxp://encryptedsearch.org 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.hfilevideoconverter.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.hfilevideoconverter.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.hfilevideoconverter.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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