How to remove adverts delivered by Free File Converter Pro adware?

Also Known As: Ads by Free File Converter Pro
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Free File Converter Pro adware removal instructions

What is Free File Converter Pro?

Free File Converter Pro is a piece of software, classified as adware. It is endorsed as a tool capable of easily and quickly converting and editing various files. Free File Converter Pro can supposedly convert/edit more than one hundred file formats. This adware operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns and collecting browsing-related information. Due to the dubious methods used to distribute Free File Converter Pro, it is also considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

Website used to promote Free File Converter Pro adware

Software within the adware classification, enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page and other intrusive ads - typically, on any visited website. Free File Converter Pro works in this manner as well. Hence, the advertisements do not originate from the sites themselves but are delivered by adware. Intrusive adverts seriously diminish the browsing experience, since they overlay page content and slow down the browsing speed. However, these advertisements are more than just an annoyance. They are a threat to device/user safety. When clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to sale-oriented/promotional, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Some of the adverts can even be triggered (by being clicked) to execute scripts, designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs). These applications can have other/additional abilities, aside from running intrusive ad campaigns. They can force-open similarly dangerous webpages and another type can hijack browsers. The latter modifies browser settings in order to promote fake search engines. The promoted illegitimate web searchers are rarely capable of providing search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Google, Bing and other legitimate ones. What is more, Free File Converter Pro, as is common for all PUAs, has data tracking abilities. Free File Converter Pro can monitor users' browsing activity and collect personal details extracted from it. Information of interest includes: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses, geolocations and other details. The collected data is often shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for profit. Presence of unwanted apps on systems can lead to system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. Therefore, it is strongly advised to eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Free File Converter Pro
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Browser Extension(s) Free File Converter Pro
Supposed Functionality File format conversion
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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Media Convert Pro PromosMessengerPlus and Best Media Converter are some examples of other adwares. This software usually appears legitimate and utterly ordinary. Users are enticed into download/installation with a wide variety of "useful" and "advantageous" functionalities. However, the promised features seldom work as advertised and in most cases - they do not work at all. In fact, this is typical of all PUAs. The only purpose of unwanted apps is to generate profit for the developers; to users - they have no real value and can cause various issues. PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive advert campaigns, make modifications to browser settings, force-open untrustworthy/malicious websites and gather private information.

How did Free File Converter Pro install on my computer?

Select PUAs (e.g. Free File Converter Pro) have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. These applications are distributed via download/installation setups of other products. "Bundling" is the term used to define this false marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive ads proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the advertisements can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders - commonly offer deceptive and/or bundled content; therefore, they are advised against use. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, functions, etc. Additionally, caution must be exercised when browsing. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate and harmless, however they redirect to various questionable sites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography, and so on). In case of encounters with advertisements/redirects of this kind, users are to check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with Free File Converter Pro, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of Free File Converter Pro adware asking for various permissions:

Free File Converter Pro adware asking for permissions

Screenshots of advertisements delivered by Free File Converter Pro adware:

Advertisement delivered by Free File Converter Pro adware

Another advertisement delivered by Free File Converter Pro adware

Appearance of Free File Converter Pro adware affecting browsing (GIF):

Free File Converter Pro adware appearance (GIF)

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Quick menu:

Free File Converter Pro adware 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.

Free File Converter Pro adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Free File Converter Pro", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Free File Converter Pro ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Free File Converter Pro adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Free File Converter Pro ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Free File Converter Pro", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Free File Converter Pro ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by free file converter pro, 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 Free File Converter Pro  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Free File Converter Pro", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Free File Converter Pro ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by free file converter pro, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Free File Converter Pro ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Free File Converter Pro".

Removing Free File Converter Pro ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by free file converter pro 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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 adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by free file converter pro, 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 adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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