What is TheSearchConverters browser hijacker?
TheSearchConverters is a browser hijacker that modifies the settings of a web browser to promote a fake search engine (thesearchconverters.com). Most users download and install browser hijackers unknowingly. Thus, TheSearchConverters and other apps of this kind are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
TheSearchConverters browser hijacker in detail
TheSearchConverters promotes thesearchconverters.com by making it as a homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL. Thesearchconverters.com is a fake search engine because it shows results generated by Yahoo (search.yahoo.com), searchlee.com, and possibly some other search engines.
Search.yahoo.com is a legitimate search engine, but searchlee.com might generate misleading results - it may promote websites designed to trick visitors into providing sensitive information, downloading (and installing) browser hijackers, adware, and other unwanted software, etc.
Additionally, TheSearchConverters browser hijacker might be designed to collect various information. It may be targeting IP addresses, visited pages, entered search queries (and other browsing-related data), credit card details, usernames, passwords, or other data that its developers could misuse for malicious purposes.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (thesearchconverters.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (thesearchconverters.com)||188.8.131.52|
|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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TheSearchConverters in general
TheSearchConverters promotes a fake search engine. Users cannot remove thesearchconverters.com from the hijacked browser's settings unless they uninstall the TheSearchConverters application. Most of these apps have similar qualities. Some examples of other browser hijackers are SearchStreamz, TopGameSearch, and StreamSearchApp.
How did TheSearchConverters install on my computer?
Browser hijackers can be found inside other programs (in their downloaders and installers). Users download and install browser hijackers through downloaders and installers for other programs when they leave "Custom", "Manual", "Advanced" or similar settings unchanged, or available checkboxes ticked.
Also, apps of this type can be distributed through shady advertisements and third-party, fake installers available for download on untrustworthy websites. Users download unwanted apps through ads by clicking on ads designed to run certain scripts. Ads of this kind appear on deceptive websites.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Users should download software (and files) from official, trustworthy websites via direct download links and avoid using third-party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial websites, and so on.
Also, users should not finish downloads and installations without checking downloaders and installers for "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings that could be used to deselect unwanted apps. Ads on shady pages should not be clicked as well.
If your computer is already infected with TheSearchConverters, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Thesearchconverters.com redirects to searchlee.com (GIF):
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- What is TheSearchConverters?
- STEP 1. Uninstall TheSearchConverters application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove TheSearchConverters browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove thesearchconverters.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove thesearchconverters.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
TheSearchConverters browser hijacker removal:
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, "TheSearchConverters"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the thesearchconverters.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
TheSearchConverters 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 "TheSearchConverters" 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 "TheSearchConverters", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.thesearchconverters.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 "thesearchconverters.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 thesearchconverters.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 "TheSearchConverters", 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 "TheSearchConverters", remove hxxp://thesearchconverters.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 thesearchconverters.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 thesearchconverters.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 thesearchconverters.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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