What is Crypto Currency Converter?
While inspecting dubious websites, our research team discovered a page endorsing the Crypto Currency Converter browser extension. It is presented as a tool that converts cryptocurrencies, thus allowing users to compare conversion rates easily.
Our inspection of this piece of software revealed that it is a browser hijacker. Typically, software within this classification promotes fake search engines (that due to their inability to produce search results) redirect to genuine ones. However, Crypto Currency Converter causes redirects to the legitimate Bing search engine.
Crypto Currency Converter browser hijacker overview
Following the installation of Crypto Currency Converter on our test machine, it changed the browser's default search engine and new tab/window URLs to Bing (bing.com). Additionally, this extension altered the browser's homepage appearance.
As previously mentioned, browser hijackers tend to promote fake search engines. These sites are rarely able to generate search results, so they redirect to legitimate search engines. That is not the case with Crypto Currency Converter, which redirects straight to Bing.
Furthermore, browser-hijacking software often uses persistence-ensuring techniques, i.e., access restriction/denial to removal-related settings, user-made change disablement, etc. Crypto Currency Converter is not an exception to this.
What is more, this rogue browser extension has data-tracking abilities. Browser hijackers usually target the following information: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, and so on. The collected information can be shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
In summary, the presence of software like Crypto Currency Converter on devices may result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Crypto Currency Converter|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Crypto Currency Converter|
|Supposed Functionality||Cryptocurrency conversion tool that allows users to compare conversion rates|
|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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Browser hijacker examples
This software rarely appears suspicious, it tends to look legitimate and handy. However, browser hijackers are rarely operational, and even if they are – that is not proof of their legitimacy or safety.
How did Crypto Currency Converter install on my computer?
We obtained the Crypto Currency Converter browser extension from its "official" promotional webpage. In addition to such sites, untrustworthy software is pushed through scam websites. Users typically access such pages via redirects caused by mistyped URLs, sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
Browser hijackers can also be bundled with ordinary programs. Downloading from dubious sources (e.g., freeware and third-party sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushing through installation processes – increase the risk of unintentionally permitting bundled content into the device.
Intrusive advertisements are used to proliferate browser hijackers as well. Once clicked on, some of the adverts can execute scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified channels. It is essential to approach installation with care, e.g., by reading terms, studying possible options, and using the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out of all additional apps, extensions, tools, etc.
Another recommendation is to be cautious while browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually appears harmless. For example, intrusive adverts may look legitimate yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, inspect the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Crypto Currency Converter, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by Crypto Currency Converter browser hijacker:
Website promoting Crypto Currency Converter browser hijacker:
Appearance of Crypto Currency Converter browser hijacker causing a redirect to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Crypto Currency Converter?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Crypto Currency Converter browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove Crypto Currency Converter related homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Crypto Currency Converter related redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Crypto Currency Converter 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Crypto Currency Converter 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 "Crypto Currency Converter" 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 "Crypto Currency Converter", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.bing.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 "bing.com", 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 crypto currency converter 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 "Crypto Currency Converter", 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 "Crypto Currency Converter", remove hxxp://bing.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 "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 crypto currency converter 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 crypto currency converter 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 to visit bing.com website?
Browser hijacker developers generate revenue through redirects. In some cases, dubious software promotes legitimate content (e.g., genuine search engine) by abusing its affiliate programs in order to acquire illegitimate commissions.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily distributed through untrustworthy download channels (e.g., freeware and third-party websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.), online scams, bundled software installers, fake updates, spam browser notifications, and intrusive advertisements.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Crypto Currency Converter browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning computers and eliminating detected browser-hijacking applications. Note that manual removal (performed without the aid of security programs) might not be an ideal solution. Especially in cases where multiple browser hijackers have infiltrated the system, as after one is removed – the others may simply reinstall it. Furthermore, browser-hijacking software might restrict access to removal-related settings and/or undo user-made changes. Therefore, it is paramount to eliminate browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.