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Remove SearchProConverter (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

SearchProConverter is a potentially unwanted program that changes web browser settings to show various ads

SearchProConverterSearchProConverter is a browser hijacker that changes homepage and new tab address to feed.searchproconverter.com or portal.searchproconverter.com

SearchProConverter is one of many browser hijackers[1] currently spreading around the web – typically as an optional component within software bundles. Once installed, the app changes web browser settings on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another web browser. It sets the homepage/new tab address to feed.searchproconverter.com or portal.searchproconverter.com, which redirects all search results to Yahoo.

Unauthorized browser modifications and questionable distribution tactics are not the only issues with the so-called SearchProConverter virus. In the background, the application collects a variety of information about users' online activities and uses that data to feed them with relevant ads, generating revenue in the process. Additionally, the fake search engine also injects sponsored links at the top of search results every time they look for information online, tricking some to click on ads rather than genuine links.

Name SearchProConverter
Type Potentially unwanted program, browser hijacker
Infiltration While potentially unwanted apps can be downloaded from legitimate websites, most users find them on their computers after the installation of freeware; alternatively, fake updates or attractive ads are used for the distribution
Symptoms  SearchProConverter extension or an application is installed on the web browser/computer; homepage and new tab address are set to feed.searchproconverter.com or portal.searchproconverter.com; all searches lead to search.yahoo.com; sponsored links are shown at the top of search results
Risks  In some cases, users might encounter less than secure websites or ads due to various ad campaigns. As a result, they might expose their personal data to unknown parties, install other potentially unwanted applications, or face monetary losses due to scams
Elimination  You can uninstall PUPs manually (we provide guidelines for the process below) or scan the machine with anti-malware software that detects unwanted apps – we recommend SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner pr Malwarebytes
Optional checks  If you continue to see ads and face redirects, you should reset all the installed browsers and see if that helps. Also, to fix the invisible system issues after the infection, experts[2] recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Potentially unwanted programs are developed in high volumes each day – thousands of developers want to distribute their creation as widely as possible for a quick buck. While some users download apps naturally, it is not the main way how PUPs are distributed.

In most cases, SearchProConverter finds its way into users' computers via software bundle packages that are downloaded from third-party websites – the technique is extremely prevalent and results in thousands of unwanted installations each day. In addition, users might also find the app after installing a fake Flash Player update or after being tricked by another deceptive ad encountered online.

Even if the app gets installed without asking for direct permission, the SearchProConverter hijack can be seen straight away. The changes to the homepage and new tab are apparent. Even if users attempt to use the omnibar to search – they will still be rerouted to Yahoo. The only way to stop such activity is to remove SearchProConverter from the system.

SearchProConverter is just one of many browser hijackers that are a virtual copy of one another, e.g., SearchZone, TiktokSearches, SearchConvertorFunSearchToday, and many others. The developers of these apps continue to change the icon and the name of the extension so that they could release it as a new product. In the meantime, all the functions of the app remain the same and include a currency converter, calculator, and a few other features.

While these additions might seem useful initially, it is important not to forget what the main purpose of the SearchProConverter hijacker is, and it does not fall under the interest of users who were tricked into installing it. The primary goal of a browser hijacker is to monetize users' clicks by showing them alternative search results and intrusive ads.

SearchProConverter hijackSearchProConverter is a potentially unwanted application that redirects all searches to Yahoo and fills them with sponsored links

Advertisements are not random, however, as PUP developers are using all possible techniques in order to make users click on these links. Thus, one of the main hijacker features that increase its profits greatly is information gathering, which is performed with the help of cookies, web beacons,[3] and other tracking technologies. SearchProConverter Privacy Policy explains:

Non-Personal Information may be automatically transmitted by the user's device. When using our Service, we assign your device with a log file, a cookie (session or persistent), web beacons or other related technologies, to collect Non-Personal Information with respect to your activity in connection with our Service.

Besides the anonymous information, some types of personal data may also be collected, including IP addresses and contact information. In other words, if you value your privacy, you should not delay SearchProConverter removal.

To uninstall SearchProConverter, you should first check the extensions of your browser. If nothing suspicious can be identified there, it means that there is a program installed on your computer. In such a case, follow our manual removal steps or perform a scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or other security software. Finally, you can also reset your browsers and fix virus damage with a repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Pick correct settings during installation of freeware downloaded from third-party websites

Many users are baffled where potentially unwanted programs are coming from, as they find them on their browsers/computers seemingly out of nowhere. While it is partially true, PUPs are typicality installed by users themselves, as they install new applications carelessly.

Software bundling is a well-known technique that is used to offer users optional programs during the installation process of the initial application. The offer to try other programs is not initially evil in any way, although problems start when third-parties attempt to inject optional components without adequately informing users about it. Since people often rush the installation of new apps, they often skip pre-ticked boxes, misclick buttons, don't read the important information, and end up installing these PUPs unintentionally.

Thus, while the deception can not be justified, you should always make sure that you are installing software correctly. Here are a few tips that could help you with that:

  • Install anti-malware software that detects potentially unwanted programs;
  • If possible, download apps from official sources only;
  • When launching the installation wizard, make sure you do not skip steps and do not rush the process;
  • Always opt for Advanced/Custom mode instead of Recommended/Quick one if prompted;
  • Remove all ticks from checkboxes that allow installation of additional apps;
  • Read the fine print and decline all the offers on the way.

SearchProConverter virusSearchProConverter can be downloaded from various websites, although obtaining it through software bundles is also not uncommon

Eliminate SearchProConverter and other unwanted apps from your system

While browser hijackers are not major security threats, it is important to know that the main motive of the developers is to monetize on users' clicks on ads, all while providing minimal functionality in return. This point also stands since authors of this, and many other apps of the same kind simply rebrand them, without adding anything new. You should also remove SearchProConverter as soon as possible if the app ended up on your PC without asking for direct permission.

SearchProConverter removal should usually not be that complicated – all you have to do is right-click on the extension. Alternatively, you can also access the extensions section of your browser and terminate it from there.

Nonetheless, the unwanted browser activities such as ads and homepage changes might not disappear after you uninstall the SearchProConverter extension. In such a case, we highly advise you to reset all the installed browsers as mentioned below and then scan the device with anti-malware software to ensure that no invisible malicious programs are present on your device.

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To remove SearchProConverter, follow these steps:

Erase SearchProConverter from Windows systems

To uninstall potentially unwanted programs from Windows systems, proceed with the following instructions:

  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 SearchProConverter and related programs
    Here, look for SearchProConverter 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 SearchProConverter 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 SearchProConverter from Mac OS X system

macOS users should eliminate PUPs as follows:

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

Remove SearchProConverter from Applications folder:

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

Delete SearchProConverter 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 SearchProConverter 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 SearchProConverter removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove SearchProConverter 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 SearchProConverter-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 SearchProConverter 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 SearchProConverter 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 SearchProConverter removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate SearchProConverter from Google Chrome

If you are unable to eliminate SearchProConverter extension in a regular way, you should reset Google Chrome to regain control over it:

  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 SearchProConverter 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 SearchProConverter removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase SearchProConverter 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 SearchProConverter 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 SearchProConverter, 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 SearchProConverter 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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