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Search.hinstantconverternow.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.hinstantconverternow.com is a dubious search engine that spams Google Chrome or other browsers with intrusive advertisements

Search.hinstantconverternow.com virus

Search.hinstantconverternow.com is a browser hijacker[1] created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. Although users might find the file conversion feature useful, they soon notice that hijacker's rerouting tendencies, invasive advertisement, and fake search results significantly diminish their browsing experience on a daily basis. These unpleasant features are accompanied by an altered address of the start page and the new tab URL (it is set to hxxp://search.hinstantconverternow.com).

SUMMARY
Name Search.hinstantconverternow.com
Type Browser hijacker
Created by Polarity Technologies Ltd
Extension Instant Converter Now
Symptoms Hijacker homepage and search engine, altered search results, intrusive ads, etc.
Distribution Software bundling
Main dangers Malware infiltration
Elimination Download and install Reimage or get rid of the hijacker manually

All the search results that users enter into modified search engine bring out results from Yahoo. Although there is nothing wrong with Yahoo and it is a legitimate browsing tool, if the search query is rerouted from Instant Converter Now, users will see multiple sponsored links leading to partners' websites. Polarity earns money for every single click made (pay-per-click scheme is used). Instead of using a hijacked Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or Safari search engine, better remove Search.hinstantconverternow.com virus from your machine and use Yahoo, Google, Bing or other legitimate tools.

Search.heasyconverter.coSearch.hinstantlyconverter.com and Search.searchcpro.com strike extreme similarities to Instant Converter Now. There is no surprise there, as all of these browser hijackers were created by the same developer and all try to lure people with “improved functionality.” Nevertheless, users soon regret using a fake search engine, as they notice the following features of Search.hinstantconverternow.com hijack:

  • Specific pages become impossible to navigate to;
  • Fake search results do not bring a pleasant browsing experience as it becomes difficult to find the particular information;
  • Advertisements are inserted directly into legitimate websites – some of these can include auto-play video ads, pop-ups, in-text links and similar annoying content;
  • Redirects might lead users to suspicious websites, including those that are potentially dangerous (phishing,[2] malware-laden, fake update sites, etc.);

While rerouting tendencies of a hijacker might be the most threatening to your computer safety, Polarity does not take any responsibility for any damages caused during your browser sessions – as they explain that in the EULA on the official web page:

Polarity further disclaims any warranty related to your Use of the Software. You acknowledge and agree that you assume all the responsibility and risk for your Use of the Software and the results and performance thereof and your use of any Third-Party Software. <…>

IN NO EVENT WILL POLARITY, <…> BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES FOR LOST DATA, LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOST REVENUE, SERVICE INTERRUPTION, COMPUTER DAMAGE, OR SYSTEM FAILURE <…>

Additionally, Polarity collects a variety of information about you that may be shared with third-parties. Such info includes search data, browser information, software data, IP address, ISP used, etc. Yes, Polarity knows everything about you, including which domains you visit, how long you stay there and which links you click.

To avoid such intensive spying, you should take care of Search.hinstantconverternow.com removal immediately. You can check our detailed instructions below this post or get rid of it using professional security software (we recommend Reimage, although any other legitimate security tool will do the job).

PUPs can hide in software bundles

Potentially unwanted programs are called so for a reason – users do not install them intentionally. Some security experts even go as far as calling this software “legal malware” as its usage can lead to severe computer infections. However, developers or such applications often go out of their way to install them onto as many users' PCs as possible. The most prominent distribution method is software bundling – a not so fair marketing campaign used by freeware authors.

Nevertheless, there is something you can do about it. The first step to computer safety is caution and awareness. When installing freeware or shareware, make sure you pick Advanced or Custom installation mode instead of Recommended one. The latter will not allow you to view additional components and get rid of them before the installation of the desired application is complete. Additionally, make sure you never click “Next” button several times as you might skip the step where you agree to Terms of the app.

Eliminate Search.hinstantconverternow.com in just few easy steps

Although Search.hinstantconverternow.com removal can be performed manually, we do not recommend this method for users who are not that familiar with computing technologies. The manual guide might be too complicated to regular computer users and might result in the elimination failure. Nevertheless, if you are computer-savvy enough, proceed with this method carefully (it might take some time).

For those users who want to remove Search.hinstantconverternow.com virus quickly, security experts[3] recommend relying on reputable anti-virus software. Simply download the program and run a full system scan.

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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com, follow these steps:

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Delete Search.hinstantconverternow.com from Windows systems

If you want to get rid of Search.hinstantconverternow.com, follow this guide:

  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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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.

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Uninstall Search.hinstantconverternow.com from Mac OS X system

  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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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'
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Eliminate Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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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Remove Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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, Search.hinstantconverternow.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Search.hinstantconverternow.com from Google Chrome

Reset your Google Chrome browser the following way:

  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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com, 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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