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Remove Converto.io ads (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Converto is a shady online YouTube video converter that promotes nasty clickbait ads and enables push notifications without being asked 

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Converto.io is a website that carries an international classification of adware and potentially unwanted program (PUP). Although it offers a free YouTube file conversion service that attracts millions of users worldwide, the website itself is implementing aggressive advertising campaigns[1] that may result in malware infiltration or privacy issues. 

Although this service is not bound to a particular application and does not require any downloads, it may initiate a web browser’s changes and enable push notifications on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and other web browsers without being asked for. Therefore, upon using the service, people may start encountering misleading converto.io popups claiming that a device is infected or lacks crucial updates. Besides, regular websites may get filled with intriguing clickbait ads, which once clicked redirect to fake BBC news site, MacKeeper download website, poorly written blogs, and similar affiliated websites. Suchlike activity pushed the website’s ranking down and most of the users are recognizing this converter as a converto.io virus.

Name Converto.io
Classification Adware, Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
The basis for classification Suspicious infiltration, continuous flow of misleading ads, redirects to potentially dangerous websites
Distribution Converto.io ads usually emerge as if out of nowhere. That's because related adware is installed via freeware bundle without asking user's approval in a proper manner
Symptoms The clearest sign of adware infection is a flow of intrusive popups, banners, hyperlinks, and other clickbait content. Typically, Converto.io ads feature pornographic or weight loss content. However, popups reporting a supposed virus infection or request for crucial updates are also common
Related programs AdsKeeper
Compatibility Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, or any other web browser on both Windows and Mac OS can be hijacked
Removal possibilities The malware can be eliminated manually or with a professional AV tool. Anyway, it's important to get rid of related add-ons from the web browser and disable push notifications
Possible damage Any type of malware can initiate multiple changes files and processes of the system. To fix any damage, employ Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego repair tool

The converto.io domain offers an online-based YouTube file converter only. The website contains a field for a YouTube link and a “Convert” button. It allows users to convert files to MP3 or MP4 formats, as well as cut selected parts of the videos, change quality on Settings, create albums, and apply covers. Seems good to be true for a free service.

However, once landing on the website it gets clear that there’s something wrong. The homepage is filled with ads that covert half of the screen exhibiting pornographic, weight losing, disease-related ads. Moreover, the headings of the converto.io ads are by default translated into the language based on the IP address[2].

A thorough investigation of the converto.io popups and banners outlined a clear relationship between the described converter and the AdsKeeper service. The latter is infamous for altering web browser’s settings, inserting ads into visual layers, and generating income with the help of pay-per-click traffic. It seems that the converto.io virus is taking advantage of the AdsKeeper traffic monetization service.

Those who have been dealing with the converto adware reported that the ads it generates redirect to unrelated websites, most of which seem to be fake. A research carried out by NoVirus.uk[3] cybersecurity team adds to the topic and claims that these ads contain redirects to fake BBC News sites, rogue websites, off-topic random domains, or download websites for MacKeeper and other malware.

If you noticed converto.io ads while browsing the web, it is important to skip each of the ads without clicking on it. Otherwise, you may get exposed to dangerous content used for spreading other potentially unwanted programs. Or you will simply waste your time visiting useless third-party websites that have been developers for monetization purposes only. 

Apart from displaying ugly and intrusive converto.io ads, this adware may also be included in data tracking. As pointed out above, once landing on the website, the headings of the ads are translated according to the visitor’s IP address. That indicates the fact that it uses cookies or other tracking software and collects non-personally identifiable information (IP address, geolocation, search queries, clicks, websites, visited, etc.) without asking for visitor’s permission.

converto.io websiteConverto.io is a domain offering a free of charge YouTube video conversion service. However, it may generate intrusive ads and cause redirects to unsafe websites

All in all, if you’ve been using the service for some time and now suffer from the side effects, such as spammy ads, do not waste your time and initiate a full converto.io removal. Normally, the removal of PUPs is not difficult as all people have to do is to eliminate unknown apps from the system and reset the web browser. In this particular case, it’s not clear which program is responsible for triggering converto popups and ads. According to experts, these malicious ads may not be related to any programs but rather appear on the web browser because of converto.io server might have turned push notifications on. Nevertheless, these ads may be triggered by other PUP that you might have installed earlier, for example, AdsKeeper or MacKeeper. 

Therefore, to remove converto.io virus from the system, navigate to the apps and programs folder, and carefully check what kind of programs are installed. Remove each application that you are not familiar with or don't remember installing. It is advisable to eliminate PUPs using reputable antivirus engines, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. The manual converto removal may lead to the reemergence of the ads. 

Finally, upon eliminating unwanted programs, navigate to the settings of the web browser, and open Advanced Settings. Locate Content Settings, and then click on the Notifications option. Find converto.io domain on the list, click on it, and select Block.  

Unwanted web browser's behavior usually manifests after reckless installation of freeware

Google Chrome and other web browsers are a common target of third parties who seek to increase visitors' rates to their websites or generate income from the ad click. However, PUPs like adware or browser hijacker are not built on malicious codes that would allow to inject them without user's consent. In this case, freeware is invoked for help. 

The so-called bundling distribution technique enables PUP developers to spread their products in the form of web browser plug-ins and add-ons, which are typically disguised under Quick or Basic installation techniques as pre-selected components. 

Consequently, if the potential victim opts does not monitor the installation of a freeware bundle and agrees with the installation of all components unconsciously, unwanted programs come in and start exhibiting behavior that they are programmed to. To prevent bundled installers, you should follow such recommendations:

  • Avoid downloading free programs from infamous sources;
  • Initiate quick research on the app that you are planning to download;
  • Select Advanced or Custom techniques for freeware installation;
  • Carefully monitor the installation process of the free app reading all terms displayed;
  • Look for offers to install plug-ins, add-ons, toolbars, or similar content;
  • Remove checkmarks from pre-selected freeware components. 

converto popupsConverto.io ads may report a supposed virus infection or trick people into believing that crucial updates are missing. Suchlike ads may redirect to malware download websites

Finally, it's important to keep a reputable anti-malware program with real-time protection installed on the system. Regularly install definition updates to maintain its ability to terminate the latest malware variants. 

Learn how to terminate Converto.io ads and eliminate PUPs from the system

Anyone suffering from intrusive advertising campaigns can quite easily remove Converto virus. Manual analysis of the system's programs is time-consuming, so we strongly recommend using an automatic malware removal solution using programs like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

However, Converto.io malware may initiate several changes on the system, for example, install suspicious entries on the Windows registry. To fix any changes that malware might have initiated on a host machine, it's advisable to run a scan with a professional repair utility Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Finally, to finish Converto.io removal, get rid of its remnants on the affected web browser. You should either reset the web browser's default settings of try to delete unwanted add-ons and push notifications.

Those who are suffering from Converto.io ads, but there is no malware on the system, should disable the permission of this server to generate push notifications. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the affected web browser.
  2. Navigate to Settings section. 
  3. Click Advanced Settings on the Settings window. 
  4. Find Content Settings option and select Notifications
  5. Now you should see the list of denied and allowed Notification permissions. Find Converto.io in the allowed list, click on the three dots on the right and select Block

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Converto.io ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of Converto.io from Windows systems

The following instructions illustrate how to remove Converto.io adware from Windows:

  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 Converto.io and related programs
    Here, look for Converto.io 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'

Erase Converto.io from Mac OS X system

Although Macs are less frequently affected, here's what you should do if an adware-type program gets inside:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Converto.io or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall Converto.io from Internet Explorer (IE)

Reset Internet Explorer's settings if you cannot stop Converto.io ads from coming:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Converto.io and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Converto.io removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Converto.io ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Converto.io should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Converto.io 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 Converto.io 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Converto.io removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Converto.io from Google Chrome

Unwanted add-ons installed on Chrome can get extremely annoying and pose risk to the security of your device and your privacy. Therefore, remove Converto.io add-on or another adware from Google with the help of this guide: 

  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 Converto.io 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Converto.io removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Converto.io 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 Converto.io or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Converto.io 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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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