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Remove Better Converter Pro (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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Better Converter Pro is a browser hijacking application designed by Polarity Technologies Ltd

Better Converter ProBetter Converter Pro is a potentially unwanted app that could access your machine without asking for direct permission first

Better Converter Pro is a browser extension that is allegedly designed for convenient file conversion to DOC or PDF formats. However, this application is considered to be a browser hijacker, as it typically spreads within software bundle packages (although some people might download it from Google Web Store or other sources). As a result, users find the app installed seemingly without their consent.

Once installed, Better Converter Pro changes the homepage and the new tab URL of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Safari, or another web browser to search.betterconverterprotab.com. It appends a customized search engine that redirects all searches to search.yahoo.com. Additionally, the PUP shows sponsored links and ads at the top, monetizing on users' clicks. Behind the scenes, the app also engages in information tracking and uses deceptive links to direct users to promotional offers, so many experts[1] recommend to uninstall it.

Name Better Converter Pro
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted application, browser extension
Developer Polarity Technologies Ltd
Distribution The app can be downloaded from the official Google Web Store, although it can also be spread via software bundles and deceptive advertisements
Symptoms
  • Better Converter Pro browser extension installed on the web browser
  • Homepage and new tab address set to search.betterconverterprotab.com
  • All searches are redirected to Yahoo
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links
  • Links lead to potentially dangerous websites
Dangers Users might spend money on useless services and suffer from financial losses. Additionally, data collection practices might cause privacy issues 
Elimination You can get rid of unwanted browser extension by accessing your web browser settings. In case you find installed apps on the computer, you can follow our manual elimination guidelines below or scan the machine with powerful anti-malware software
Optimization In case you find other PUPs or malware on the system, you should reset all the installed browsers and make additional checks with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix virus damage

Polarity is one of the largest potentially unwanted programs (mainly, browser hijackers) developer and distributor. The developer specializes in inserting a variety of links into the homepage of the hijacked browser, some of which lead to unknown websites.

In most of the cases, such sites attempt to sell something to the user or offer to download particular apps. Besides Better Converter Pro, the company is also known for such PUPs like Shipment Trackers, Hide My Searches, Search Encrypt, My Weather Radar, and many others.

All of these programs are very similar – the differences include a different “theme” of the hijacker, as well as the embedded links that vary based on the alleged functionality of the app. As evident, Better Converter Pro is presented with a feature that can help users to convert files. All they have to do is upload a file and then retrieve it in a PDF or DOC format.

While this feature might seem like a useful one, do not forget that the installed app also includes a variety of negative features:

  • Does not work if you decide to remove Better Converter Pro homepage;
  • Asks to enable notifications so that ads could be shown directly on your desktop;
  • Displays fraudulent links that lead to suspicious websites (for example, by pressing on what seems to be a link to a known anti-malware software developer, users are redirected to a VPN offer).

Besides, once the Better Converter Pro extension is active, it will track your web browsing activities with the help of tracking technologies like cookies, web beacons,[2] and others. The collected data includes installed extensions, system information, browser preferences, geolocation, search queries, visited pages, and much more.

Better Converter Pro hijackBetter Converter Pro is a browser hijacker that displays sponsored search results and other intrusive advertisement content

Besides, Better Converter Pro developers also share this data is business partners, ad networks, affiliates, and other parties. However, it is also stated that Polarity as no liability for affiliated party actions that it shares this data with:[3]

We disclaim and shall have no liability or obligation in connection with any third party actions or omissions concerning your information, even if those acts or omissions are a result of our sharing and disclosure your information, as allowed pursuant to this Privacy Policy.

Thus, if you need to convert files, find a service that will not display ads in various was, and track your online activity. To proceed with Better Converter Pro removal, all you have to do is access the installed extension settings and eliminate it from your browser. However, if the suspicious browser activities do not stop, we suggest you scan the system with anti-malware and then perform further checks with a repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

You can easily avoid PUPs: be observant during freeware installation process

Potentially unwanted programs are called so due to several reasons, and one of them is the distribution technique. In many cases, users find such apps installed on their machines without their consent (or at least it seems so initially). While users themselves could be to blame for not noticing optional components within software bundle packages, the deception used to make people install these apps does not make it OK.

In many cases, developers of PUPs or the distribution sites owners compile several apps into a single installed. Users who download such packages do not extract them correctly, i.e., they pick Recommended/Quick setup, which automatically installs additional apps. The permission to install these programs is automatic, as users have to agree with Terms and Conditions prior to installation. This is how browser hijackers and other unwanted software make the way into users' machines.

Thus, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings instead and remove all the ticks from the pre-ticked boxes, read the small print, do not get tricked by misleading button placement, and always read all the installation instructions carefully.

You can remove Better Converter Pro easily

If you are wondering how to remove Better Converter Pro, it should not be that difficult. The reason you web browser settings, such as homepage, new tab address, and the search engine changed is due to extension installed on your web browser. Therefore, you should locate it and uninstall it from your web browser.

Better Converter Pro virusBetter Converter Pro reads and collects data about you via the extension

As soon as you remove Better Converter Pro from your browser, all the changes to your web browser should go away. If for some reason, that does not happen, you can reset your browsers as explained below. This process will also eliminate browser cookies that were accumulated over time, increasing your online privacy.

In case ads and redirects do not stop even after you uninstall Better Converter Pro virus, you should look for other browser extensions/programs/malware. For that, you can check the installed app list via Applications (Mac) or Programs & Features (Windows) folders. Also, it is recommended to scan the device with powerful anti-malware.

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To remove Better Converter Pro, follow these steps:

Erase Better Converter Pro from Windows systems

To uninstall unwanted applications from Windows OS manually, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Better Converter Pro and related programs
    Here, look for Better Converter Pro or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Better Converter Pro from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Remove Better Converter Pro from Mac OS X system

If your Mac is suffering from PUP infection symptoms, perform the following actions:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Better Converter Pro from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Better Converter Pro-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Better Converter Pro, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Better Converter Pro and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Better Converter Pro-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Better Converter Pro from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Better Converter Pro and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Better Converter Pro removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Better Converter Pro from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Better Converter Pro-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate Better Converter Pro from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Better Converter Pro and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Better Converter Pro removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Better Converter Pro from Google Chrome

In some cases, PUPs leave certain settings within the web browser, even after their elimination. Thus, we recommend resetting Google Chrome after Better Converter Pro removal:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Better Converter Pro and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Better Converter Pro removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Better Converter Pro from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Better Converter Pro or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Better Converter Pro, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Better Converter Pro removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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