SearchConverterNet browser hijacker removal instructions
What is SearchConverterNet?
Browser hijacker is a type of potentially unwanted application (PUA) that modifies a web browser's settings to promote a specific address (in most cases, some fake search engine). In other words, it redirects users to an address or multiple addresses that they had no intention of visiting. The SearchConverterNet app promotes the searchconverternet.com address. It is possible that this app gathers information relating to user's browsing habits (or other details) as well. Browser hijackers are called PUAs because it is very uncommon for users to download and install apps of this type on purpose.
It is common for browser hijackers to promote their addresses by changing browser's settings such as the address of a homepage, new tab and default search engine. They alter these settings to make sure that visitors would be forced to visit a certain address each time they open a browser (or new tab) or enter search queries into the browser's URL bar. As mentioned in the introduction, SearchConverterNet promotes the searchconverternet.com address. It detects user's (visitor's) geolocation and then redirects them either to searchlee.com or search.yahoo.com. Therefore, searchconverternet.com is a fake search engine that shows results generated either by another shady search engine or by Yahoo (a legitimate search engine). It is important to known that search engines like searchlee.com can be designed to generate fake results (promote shady pages) and display ads. It is also noteworthy that most browser hijackers prevent users from removing their addresses from browser's settings. Users can do it only when a browser hijacker is no longer installed.
Furthermore, browser hijackers can be designed to collect information relating to Internet browsing activities, for example, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, IP addresses. What is worse, some browser hijackers can be capable of reading sensitive information too. It means that their developers may sell collected information to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), use it for marketing purposes, or monetize it in other ways. Either way, no browser hijacker should be ever installed on a browser or the operating system.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (searchconverternet.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.|
|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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To summarize, browser hijackers generate revenue for their developers by forcing users to visit certain addresses (use fake search engines) gathering various information about them. Most browser hijackers are completely useless to their users and can compromise the Internet security and privacy, or be the reason behind other issues. More examples of browser hijackers are PDFConverterSearchPro, TopSearchConverter and QuickTab Plus. Typically, users download and install apps of this type inadvertently.
How did SearchConverterNet install on my computer?
It is common for potentially unwanted applications to be distributed by bundling them into downloaders or installers of other programs as extra offers. Usually, PUAs come bundled with freeware. Users can decline unwanted offers using "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings of this kind, or by unticking checkboxes that those downloaders, installers have. When users finish downloads or installations without making the aforementioned changes, they agree to download or install bundled apps as well. In some cases, users cause undesired (unexpected) downloads, installations by clicking on deceptive advertisements that can execute certain scripts. As a rule, such ads appear on dubious pages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advised to download programs (and files) from official websites and via direct download links and not to finish their downloads and installations without declining unwanted offers. Usually, bundled apps can be opted out using "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or other settings, or by unticking checkboxes that certain downloaders, installers have. It is not recommended to use third party downloaders (and installers), unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients) as sources for downloading (or installing) programs. One more way to avoid unwanted downloads, installations is by not trusting advertisements that appear on shady websites. If some unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons are already installed on a browser or programs of this kind are installed on a computer, then they should be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with SearchConverterNet, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Searchconverternet.com redirects to searchlee.com (GIF):
Searchconverternet.com redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):
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- What is SearchConverterNet?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SearchConverterNet application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SearchConverterNet browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove searchconverternet.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove searchconverternet.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove searchconverternet.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
SearchConverterNet 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, "SearchConverterNet"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the searchconverternet.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
SearchConverterNet browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "SearchConverterNet" 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 "SearchConverterNet", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.searchconverternet.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 "searchconverternet.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 searchconverternet.com, 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 "SearchConverterNet", 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 "SearchConverterNet", remove hxxp://searchconverternet.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 searchconverternet.com 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 searchconverternet.com, 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.
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://searchconverternet.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 "SearchConverterNet".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchconverternet.com, 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.
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 searchconverternet.com from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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