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Elite Video Converter. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: System tools

Elite Video Converter is a rogue video converter for Mac with adware features

Elite Video Converter virus
Elite Video Converter is a cyber threat that is promoted as useful video converter tool for Mac.

Elite Video Converter –  an application designed for Mac operating systems and is categorized as adware because it typically gets installed with the help of InstallCore– a HTML-based rogue installer. The application is promoted as a video converter that is compatible with macOS, iOS, iPad, Apple TV, and other devices. According to its developers, the app is capable of converting to up to 180 video formats with outstanding quality. While many users might find Elite Video Converter a great addition to their software list, it is a potentially unwanted application that disturbs users' online activities by displaying numerous intrusive ads and records information such as device location, technical details, browsing habits, and similar.

Name Elite Video Converter
Type Rogue tool
Category Adware/Potentially unwanted application
Promoted as Video file converter
Affects Mac OS supporting devices
Distribution Official site, software bundles
Symptoms Delivers intrusive ads, redirects to dubious sites
Elimination Uninstall this rogue tool from your computer and use Reimage for virus damage repair

People often call this tool Elite Video Converter virus because of the intrusive activity like sponsored content delivery to Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and other browsers. Additionally, adware[1] and similar PUPs raise questions about the data tracking. It typically collects:

  • visited URLs;
  • IP address;
  • geo-location;
  • search queries;
  • commonly viewed sites and searched deals, sales, discounts.

Privacy Policy on the official Elite Video Converter website indicates this information can be collected and later shared with third-party advertisers with the purpose of creating the targeted advertisement. This way, the publisher generates revenue[2] from click made.

Elite Video Converter website states the following:

The Software may include advertisements that will be displayed to you (“Third Party Ads”), and are provided by third parties. These Third Party Ad providers may collect information about your online activities through the Software and across other Web sites or online services over time in order to make their advertising more relevant.  Any use by you of Third Party Ads is subject to their respective terms and conditions, which will be available as part of the Third Party Ads. You acknowledge that we have no control over, and assume no responsibility for any Third Party Ads. We may share certain information with the providers of Third Party Ads. This information may include your IP address, MAC address, certain technical data, whether you clicked on a Third-Party Ad or took other steps in relation to the Third-Party Ad. We share this information in order to provide you with Third-Party Ads that are relevant to you. 

Elite Video Converter removal should be performed immediately after you notice unwanted activity regarding this tool. It is crucial for the safety of your device. A full system scan using anti-malware software can detect and delete this infection.

It is believed that Mac devices, in general, are safe from malware, which is just a misconception. In addition, PUPs are especially common on Mac operating systems. In order to prevent suspicious applications from entering your computer, use a reputable anti-virus engine that includes the real-time scanning feature.

You should remove Elite Video Converter to stop unwanted redirects to malware-ridden or phishing websites. On the other hand, some rerouting destinations might lead to trusted sites, such as Amazon. Nevertheless, it is best to enter the website you desire without redirection from external sources.

Researchers[3] warn that Elite Video Converter is coming from an adware family and as other silent intruders it can install additional programs and change the settings of your browser. After a proper malware termination, scan your system with Reimage to see if there is any leftover files or virus damage that need fixing.

PUPs infiltrate the system without your consent 

There is an opportunity to install the fake video converter tool or a similar PUP from their official website but the most common method used for infecting devices is software bundling technique. This method has been actively used by freeware providers and PUP developers because that's how they get an opportunity to infiltrate systems unnoticed. They just pack products together to ensure the installation of the app.

If you choose questionable sites as a source for your downloads or use p2p networks when downloading software, you may be at risk of getting additional programs on your computer. Beware that these components can be seen only if you monitor installation of the freeware. For that, make sure you always opt for Advanced or Custom installation mode. This method allows you to get a chance to de-select unwanted programs from the list and prevent their installation.

Delete Elite Video Converter from your computer and get back to the safe browsing

To remove Elite Video Converter completely and prevent unwanted redirects on your computer, you need to employ your trustworthy antivirus program or get an alternative tool for malware elimination. Based on potentially unwanted program functionality and silent infiltration, a full system scan is recommended. In this case, you can use programs that we presented below to see if there is anything malicious on your computer system.

After successful Elite Video Converter removal, we also recommend resetting web browsers to their primary state. Usually, this procedure helps people preventing the reappearance of PUPs. Your default search engine and bookmarks should not be touched.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Elite Video Converter, follow these steps:

Mac OS XInternet ExplorerFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Get rid of Elite Video Converter from Mac OS X system

Remove Elite Video Converter from your Mac OS supporting device:

  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 Elite Video Converter 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'
Mac OS XInternet ExplorerFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Delete Elite Video Converter from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Elite Video Converter 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 Elite Video Converter removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Eliminate Elite Video Converter 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 Elite Video Converter 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 Elite Video Converter removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Mac OS XInternet ExplorerFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Erase Elite Video Converter from Google Chrome

Get rid of these constant redirects by following the 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 Elite Video Converter 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 Elite Video Converter removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Mac OS XInternet ExplorerFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari

Remove Elite Video Converter from Safari

Follow these steps to delete Elite Video Converter from Safari browser:

  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 Elite Video Converter 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 Elite Video Converter removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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