How to remove Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar browser hijacker
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What kind of application is Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar?
We tested the Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar browser extension and found that it promotes a fake search engine. This app promotes app.clipconverter.site. It does that by hijacking a web browser (by changing its settings). We discovered Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar on a deceptive website.
Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar browser hijacker overview
Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar changes the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. It sets them to app.clipconverter.site and does not allow users to remove this fake search engine while it is added to a browser. App.clipconverter.site redirects users to bing.com (it shows results generated by Bing, a legitimate search engine).
In addition to hijacking a web browser, Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar can block content on any page. Therefore, visited pages may not be displayed properly or browsing experience may be diminished in other ways. It is highly advisable not to trust the Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar app.
|Name||Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (app.clipconverter.site)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (app.clipconverter.site)||184.108.40.206|
|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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More about fake search engines
Fake search engines can redirect to potentially malicious pages and (or) show results generated by shady search engines. Also, they can include advertisements in search results and gather information about users (the same applies to browser hijackers). Gathered data may be sold to third parties or misused in other ways.
More examples of browser hijackers are Search-Zone, Search-Mgr, and Tick Tab Clock.
How did Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar install on my computer?
Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar is promoted on a deceptive website claiming that a free extension might be required. It hijacks a web browser after completing the steps provided on that (and possibly other) page.
Another popular way to trick users into adding browser hijackers is to include them in freeware (free software) installers. Browsers get hijacked when users finish installations without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings allowing them to deselect unwanted apps.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Download applications from trustworthy sources (official websites and legitimate/verified stores). Do not trust ads on shady websites or allow pages of this kind to show notifications. Deselect optional installations (unwanted apps) before installing software using the settings provided in installers.
Scan your computer for unwanted apps regularly. If your computer is already infected with Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
App.clipconverter.site redirects to bing.com (GIF):
A deceptive page promoting Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar browser hijacker:
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- What is Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove app.clipconverter.site homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove app.clipconverter.site redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar browser hijacker removal:
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 recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the app.clipconverter.site website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar 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 "Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.app.clipconverter.site) 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 "app.clipconverter.site", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the app.clipconverter.site 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 extensions 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 "Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar", remove hxxp://app.clipconverter.site 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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 app.clipconverter.site 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 app.clipconverter.site 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit app.clipconverter.site website?
The creators of app.clipconverter.site earn more money when the number of users is higher.
Is visiting app.clipconverter.site a threat to my privacy?
Fake search engines like app.clipconverter.site can be designed to gather various information about visitors. The obtained information can be sold to third parties, used for marketing purposes, or monetized in other ways.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Typically, browser hijackers are distributed via notifications from shady pages, untrustworthy advertisements, freeware installers, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Omni Convert - Search Settings for Omnibar browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will remove browser hijackers from your computer. When multiple browser hijackers are added, it may be difficult to remove them because they can be designed to reinstall one another. In such cases, it is recommended to remove browser hijackers automatically. Specialized apps like Combo Cleaner remove all unwanted apps at once.
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