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Remove Search.hinstantconverternow.com (Removal Instructions) - Free 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 Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 Reimage Cleaner Intego, although any other legitimate security tool will do the job).

Search.hinstantconverternow.com browser hijackerSearch.hinstantconverternow.com is a potentially unwanted program that modifies browser's settings without permission

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 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com, follow these steps:

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.

Uninstall Search.hinstantconverternow.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Search.hinstantconverternow.com from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Search.hinstantconverternow.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Search.hinstantconverternow.com 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 Search.hinstantconverternow.com-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

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

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

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

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 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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