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Remove Search.hinstantlyconverter.com (Easy Removal Guide) - Simple Removal Guide

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Search.hinstantlyconverter.com – a browser hijacker that offers to convert files from startup page

Search.hinstantlyconverter.com homepage

Search.hinstantlyconverter.com is Yahoo-based search engine developed by Polarity Technologies. This search tool might be set as default search provider on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or another browser after infiltration of the Instantly Converter extension. Due to the negative features, the application is categorized as a browser hijacker.

Summary
Name Search.hinstantlyconverter.com
Type  Browser hijacker
Developers Polarity Technologies, Ltd.
Danger level Medium. Modifies browser's settings and takes control over it
Symptoms Replaced browser's homepage, built-in search engine, and new tab URL, delivery of ads, browser redirects to affiliate sites
Distribution methods  Software bundling
To uninstall Search.hinstantlyconverter.com, install ReimageIntego and run a full system scan

Search.hinstantlyconverter.com is identical to Search.searchfefc.com. Both browser hijackers offer to convert various files to PDF and DOC formats. However, this possibly useful functionality hides features of a potentially unwanted program (PUP):

  • silent infiltration;
  • arbitrary modifications of browser’s homepage and built-in search engine;
  • browser redirects to promotional websites from search results page or after clicking content on other sites;
  • alteration of browser’s shortcuts to prevent Search.hinstantlyconverter.com removal;
  • data tracking and sharing with third-parties and advertising networks;
  • delivery of aggressive online ads.

Search.hinstantlyconverter.com virus is used for generating revenue for the developers. It is done by promoting questionable file converting programs and other software, user’s clicks on ads and redirects to third-party sites.

The biggest issues are related to Search.hinstantlyconverter.com redirect problems that might occur when users click on an ad, link or other content. The hijacker might reroute users to sponsored sites instead of the source that user intended to visit.

While some of the websites the hijacker wants you to visit just want to promote their products or services in a questionable way, others might be infected. It means that after the Search.hinstantlyconverter.com hijack, you might end up on the websites that can infect your machine with malware[1] or steal personal information.

For this reason, you should remove Search.hinstantlyconverter.com as soon as it appears on your startup page. Keep in mind that hijacker can reinstall itself if you just set another homepage address as your default one. For complete elimination, you have to uninstall programs and browser extensions[2] that are related to the PUP and reset the browsers.

If manual Search.hinstantlyconverter.com removal seems time-consuming and complicated, you should obtain ReimageIntego or another anti-malware and get rid of the hijacker by running a full system scan.

Search.hinstantlyconverter.com virusSearch.hinstantlyconverter.com is a Yahoo-based search engine that operates as a browser hijacker.

The hijacker is being spread with the help of software bundling

Bundling is a software marketing method that allows spreading applications with the help of free programs. Authors of freeware or shareware get revenue for including third-party apps in the software package. Therefore, users who download freeware can accidentally install additional programs as well.

The problem is that the majority of users rely on “Standard” or “Quick” settings that do not openly disclose about third-party apps that were offered to download along with the primary program. To prevent this unpleasant situation, you have to use “Custom” or “Advanced” setup.

However, you should also attentively look through after each installation steps and opt out all “offered downloads.” No matter how useful they look, the majority of apps that travel in this way are potentially unwanted, specialists from faravirus.ro[3] say.

Delete Search.hinstantlyconverter.com from your browser

Search.hinstantlyconverter.com removal can be performed either manually or automatically. If you are not willing to look for hijacker-related components hidden in the system, you should opt for the latter option, scan the device and reset the affected web browser.

However, if you do not want to use additional software, you have to uninstall Instantly Converter or other add-ons created by Polarity Technologies or other shady developers, get rid of unknown programs installed on your PC and reset the affected web browser.

Our team has presented guidelines how to remove Search.hinstantlyconverter.com with all its components. However, if the hijacker comes back, it means that you have missed some of the entries. In this case, we suggest using anti-malware tool to clean the leftovers.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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.hinstantlyconverter.com, follow these steps:

Remove Search.hinstantlyconverter.com from Windows systems

Follow this guide to uninstall Search.hinstantlyconverter.com virus from the Windows machine:

To remove Search.hinstantlyconverter.com from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Search.hinstantlyconverter.com (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Search.hinstantlyconverter.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Search.hinstantlyconverter.com from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Search.hinstantlyconverter.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.hinstantlyconverter.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.hinstantlyconverter.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Search.hinstantlyconverter.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.hinstantlyconverter.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

Erase Search.hinstantlyconverter.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To set your preferred homepage and search engine as default, you have to remove hijacker-related entries from Firefox:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Search.hinstantlyconverter.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Search.hinstantlyconverter.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Search.hinstantlyconverter.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Search.hinstantlyconverter.com from Google Chrome

To get rid of Search.hinstantlyconverter.com, you have to uninstall suspicious browser extensions and reset Google Chrome:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Search.hinstantlyconverter.com by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Search.hinstantlyconverter.com-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Search.hinstantlyconverter.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Search.hinstantlyconverter.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Search.hinstantlyconverter.com and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Search.hinstantlyconverter.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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