What kind of application is Online Document Converters?
After testing the Online Document Converters application (browser extension), we found that it provides no useful features and shows intrusive advertisements. Additionally, it can read and change data on all visited pages. We classified Online Document Converters as adware. Typically, apps/browser extensions of this type are promoted using deceptive methods.
More about Online Document Converters
Online Document Converters is supposed to convert documents (e.g., convert DOCX files to PDF files). However, the purpose of this app is to show various advertisements (e.g., banners, pop-up ads, coupons). If clicked, ads displayed by this app can open untrustworthy (potentially malicious websites).
Those advertisements can open deceptive pages asking to provide personal information, instructing to call fake technical support numbers, requesting to download questionable apps, etc. In some cases, clicking those ads can result in unwanted downloads and installations.
|Name||Ads by Online Document Converters|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Adware in general
Adware is often promoted as useful and legitimate software. It is supposed to include various features. Nevertheless, it is rarely mentioned that adware is aware - that it generates unwanted advertisements. In addition to displaying ads, adware can hijack a web browser and gather information.
How did adware install on my computer?
Our team discovered Online Document Converters on its "official" website. It gets added to the web browser after clicking the "ADD TO CHROME - IT'S FREE" and then the "Add extension" buttons. Other channels used for adware distribution include fake installers, software bundles, and untrustworthy advertisements.
It is worth mentioning that when developers bundle adware with other software, installers have settings that can be used to deselect unwanted apps. Users agree to install adware when they do not change "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings or leave checkboxes ticked.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Do not trust ads displayed on questionable websites (for example, illegal movie streaming and torrent sites). Never allow suspicious sites to show notifications. Download applications (and files) from trustworthy/official websites and stores. Never use third-party stores and downloaders, shady pages, P2P networks, and similar sources to download apps (or files).
Always check downloaders and installers for unwanted apps (and deselect them) before downloading and installing software. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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- What is Online Document Converters?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove Online Document Converters adware using Combo Cleaner:
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 "Online Document Converters" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by online document converters, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by online document converters 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by online document converters, 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.
Commonly, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware can diminish the web browsing experience and slow down a computer. Also, it can change the browser's settings to promote a fake search engine.
What does adware do?
In most cases, adware only shows advertisements. Sometimes, it can have the ability to hijack a web browser and gather information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
They generate revenue by participating in affiliate programs and promoting web pages, products, services, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate adware-type applications (including Online Document Converters). It will leave no file leftovers in the system. Pretty often, when adware is removed manually, some of its components remain present and run in the background.