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Remove MyFileConvert Toolbar (Simple Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Installation of MyFileConvert Toolbar might be the reason of hijacked browser

Questions about MyFileConvert Toolbar

MyFileConvert Toolbar created by Mindspark Interactive is a browser extension[1] that allows converting files to PDF or MS Word formats. Nevertheless, this tool is legitimate and might look useful; security specialists suggest staying away from it for several reasons. It might get inside the system silently in a software bundle, alter browser’s settings, replace default homepage, search engine, and new tab URL address, and track information about users. Due to these negative features, this toolbar is known as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. It doesn’t matter whether you install MyFileConvert directly from the official site, or install it unintentionally when installing freeware or shareware, you agree to replace your current search engine to The search engine includes quick access to social media websites, online dictionaries, and allows converting files directly from the homepage. Indeed, this feature might look useful if you need to convert files on a daily basis. However, the price of this utility includes an inability to access a reliable search engine from the start page, risking to visit a potentially dangerous website or clicking on a malicious ad.[2] Thus, you should remove MyFileConvert from the device immediately. Besides, if this toolbar was installed without your permission, you should also scan the computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that any other PUPs haven’t been installed without your knowledge as well.

The image of MyFileConvert Toolbar

So-called MyFileConvert virus is not a dangerous program itself. Actually, it’s more an annoying application than a hazardous threat. However, having this toolbar installed on the computer, increases chances to encounter threatening cyber infections. The browser hijacker might be capable of displaying third-party ads on each visited website and including sponsored links into search results page. Thus, if you click on such commercial content, you might be redirected to potentially dangerous websites where you can get infected with malware or tricked to reveal personal information. Nevertheless, this search engine is marked as “enhanced by Google” it’s not worth relying on. This reference only means that this search tool uses Google database; however, developers might alter them if it is necessary. Necessity might occur if some business enterprises decide to promote their products or drive traffic using the help of a potentially unwanted program.[3] While users are visiting third-party sites, authors of the program generate revenue. So, if you are not excited about an idea that someone might be using you as a money-making tool, you should not delay MyFileConvert removal.

Worrying MyFileConvert redirect tendencies are not the only reason why you should uninstall or do not install at all this toolbar. Another reason hides in the Privacy Policy. When using this product, you agree that developers, as well as third parties, collect information about you. This data includes demographic details about you, IP address, postal code, browsing-related information, browsing and search history, etc. Aggregated information might be used for improving services, marketing purposes or shared with third parties. Thus, so-called MyFileConvert virus might put your personal privacy at risk.[4]

The illustration of MyFileConvert virus
After the installation of MyFileConvert Toolbar, your browser's homepage, search engine, and new tab address are replaced with another domain.

Distribution and installation of the browser hijacker

MyFileConvert Toolbar has an official website with a download link. As you already know, it might be also promoted in software bundles and infiltrate the system unnoticed. This and many other PUPs are distributed employing the same old bundling technique which allows adding the app as an optional component. If users rely on Quick or Recommended installation mode when installing new programs from the Internet, they do not know what other programs they agree to install. These installation wizards do not openly disclose about third-party software attached to them. Thus, in order to avoid MyFileConvert hijack and other undesired applications,[5] you need to opt for Advanced/Custom settings. By following each installation step carefully, you will be allowed to see the list with additional downloads and reject their installation.

MyFileConvert removal instructions

If you installed this app yourself, it should be enough to remove MyFileConvert just like any other extension from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari. However, we also recommend resetting your browser in order to delete tracking cookies and protect your actions online from spies. However, if this app was installed packed with other software, you should look up for other programs and extensions that might be installed on the device. In this case, you can follow our prepared instructions below or opt for the easier MyFileConvert removal option. You can get rid of this potentially unwanted program by scanning the computer with an updated anti-malware software.

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To remove MyFileConvert Toolbar, follow these steps:

Erase MyFileConvert Toolbar from Windows systems

By following the instructions below, you should look up for MyFileConvert and other unknown programs installed on your PC without your knowledge. We recommend searching for programs developed by Mindspark.

  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 MyFileConvert Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for MyFileConvert Toolbar 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 MyFileConvert Toolbar 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 '' 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.

Uninstall MyFileConvert Toolbar from Mac OS X system

Below you will find instructions that will help to uninstall this suspicious toolbar.

  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 MyFileConvert Toolbar 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'

Get rid of MyFileConvert Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Make sure you delete all unknown add-ons from Internet Explorer. Then reset the browser as shown below.

  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 MyFileConvert Toolbar 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 MyFileConvert Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove MyFileConvert Toolbar 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, MyFileConvert Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete MyFileConvert Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Open the list of Mozilla extensions and look for MyFileConvert Toolbar. Uninstall it, as well as other unknown entries that might have been installed as well. Then, follow the instructions to reset the browser. It helps to delete tracking cookies and other components.

  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 MyFileConvert Toolbar 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 MyFileConvert Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate MyFileConvert Toolbar from Google Chrome

MyFileConvert browser hijacker might be installed in Google Chrome as a browser extension. Thus, you need to go to the list of extensions and uninstall it. Also, we recommend looking for other third-party toolbars, extensions or plugins that you do not remember installing yourself. If you find them, uninstall them as well.

  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 MyFileConvert Toolbar 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 MyFileConvert Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase MyFileConvert Toolbar from Safari

From the list of Safari extensions delete MyFileConvert and other suspicious entries developed by Mindspark. Once all unknown entries are deleted, reset the 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 MyFileConvert Toolbar 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 MyFileConvert Toolbar, 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 MyFileConvert Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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