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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

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 hp.myway.com. 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]

Questions about MyFileConvert Toolbar

The illustration of MyFileConvert virusAfter 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 '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.

Uninstall MyFileConvert Toolbar from Mac OS X system

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

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

Remove MyFileConvert Toolbar from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for MyFileConvert Toolbar-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 MyFileConvert Toolbar, 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 MyFileConvert Toolbar and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the MyFileConvert Toolbar-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

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.

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 MyFileConvert Toolbar 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 MyFileConvert Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove MyFileConvert Toolbar 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 MyFileConvert Toolbar-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

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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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