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Remove SearchTheConverter (Easy Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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SearchTheConverter is a browser hijacker designed to show you ads while gathering your data in the background

SearchTheConverterSearchTheConverter is a potentially unwanted application that changes homepage and new tab address to portal.searchtheconverter.com

SearchTheConverter is a fake search tool that usually shows up on users' browsers unexpectedly, as it is commonly downloaded along with other software from various third-party websites. In other cases, it can also be installed intentionally or after being tricked by a deceptive advertisement, as well as a fake update.

The hijacker typically shows up as an extension on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another web browser, although it can also be related to a standalone program installed on a Windows or Mac computer. Upon infiltration, it changes the homepage and new tab URL to portal.searchtheconverter.com, applies a customized search tool and delivers all the search results via Yahoo engine.

Due to altered web browser settings, SearchTheConverter can insert sponsored links into searches, increase the number of ads all around the web, and track users' online activities for marketing purposes. Browser hijackers, while generally not dangerous, can possess a variety of negative qualities that should not be ignored if privacy and safety are valued.

Name SearchTheConverter
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Distribution You can install a PUP when downloading freeware from third-party sites. Additionally, you may also have been tricked by a fake update prompt or a deceptive ad
Symptoms  SearchTheConverter browser extension or another unidentified application installed on the system; portal.searchtheconverter.com is set as a default homepage and new tab URL; a customized search engine redirects all search results via Yahoo, filled with sponsored links at the top; 
Dangers  In most cases, no high risks are associated with a browser hijacker, although its infection can sometimes result in privacy issues, monetary losses or infiltration of other potentially unwanted programs
Removal  To get rid of an extension or the installed application, follow the instructions we provide below. Alternatively, you can scan the machine with anti-malware software such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner
Optional steps If your security software detected some issues, we highly recommend resetting all the installed web browsers and then repairing possible system damage with ReimageIntego

Since SearchTheConverter might enter users' machines without permission, users might believe that the app is a virus. While this type of terminology might be justified, it is not technically correct, as browser hijackers are generally considered minor computer threats. Nevertheless, it does not mean that they should be completely ignored, especially since the unexpected appearance of unsolicited apps might also indicate that malware is also present in the system.

The so-called SearchTheConverter virus, in particular, stems from a broad browser hijacking family, members of which include TiktokSearches, PDFSearchioAllConvertersSearch, and many others. On the surface, it might seem to many that these browser hijackers have quite a few useful features, such as a built-in currency converter or a calculator. However, these features are just one part of SearchTheConverter hijack, and there are plenty of invisible activities that might never be disclosed to the end-user.

Upon infiltration, the PUP will perform several changes to the web browser, for example:

  • A SearchTheConverter extension installed on the web browser
  • Homepage and new tab address is set to portal.searchtheconverter.com
  • All search results are redirected from a customized search engine to search.yahoo.com
  • Web browser might operate slower than usual.

Keep in mind that the extension is not the only reason for these browser changes – SearchTheConverter removal would differ in such cases. Instead of simply removing the extension via your browser, you would have to access the list of the installed apps and eliminate all the suspicious ones. Another good way to terminate PUPs is by scanning the machine with powerful anti-malware software.

SearchTheConverter hijackSearchTheConverter is a browser hijacker that tracks users' online activities to deliver personalized ads

While unexpected browser changes can be noticed by users straight away, underlying activities are seldom evident to them. For the most part, browser hijackers are set to collect a variety of anonymous and personal information about users, which is sometimes shared with business partners and third-parties. In the case of SearchTheConverter, technical data (browser type, system details), online activities (search terms, browsing history, links clicked), as well as personal identifiers (IP address) are collected as long as the app is installed on the device.

Another reason to remove SearchTheConverter is the altered search settings and how it affects users' web browsing routines. For example, instead of clicking on a genuine search result provided by trusted search providers, users will always be shown ads at the top, which can greatly diminish web browsing experience and sometimes even hinder the ability to find relevant information.

To get rid of SearchTheConverter ads and search redirects, you should uninstall the extension or another potentially unwanted program from your computer. After that, experts also advise performing additional checks with anti-malware and repair software such as ReimageIntego.

Good online practices can prevent the infiltration of unwanted software

There is no surprise that most browser hijackers and adware gain access to users' machines without asking for direct permission, i.e., they typically find these unwanted apps seemingly out of nowhere. While this approach has some merit to it, it is not entirely correct, as PUPs do not spread as malware does. In other words, users install potentially unwanted applications themselves, even though they are mostly tricked into doing so.

Nonetheless, there are several methods to avoid potentially unwanted applications completely – and you do not need to be a PC expert for that. Here are a few tips that would help you prevent unintentional installation of dubious software on your computer:

  • If possible, download applications from official websites only;
  • Do not download updates for Flash via random prompts on the internet (the plugin is outdated, flawed, and soon to be discontinued – you do not need it in the first place);
  • Avoid sites that offer pirated program installers or software cracks;
  • During the installation of a new app, always pick Advanced/Custom mode instead of Recommended/Quick one when prompted and then remove all of the ticks from checkboxes;
  • Install a robust anti-malware software with real-time protection feature on – it could warn you about the incoming infections, preventing them altogether.

SearchTheConverter virusSearchTheConverter is mainly distributed via advertisements and software bundles

Delete SearchTheConverter at once

SearchTheConverter removal should not be complicated – all you have to do is right-click on the add-on and then uninstall it. Nonetheless, some browser hijackers from the same family are known to set the “Managed by your organization” status on Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers, which would prevent a successful uninstallation of the app.

Luckily, there is a way to bypass such functionality easily. If you struggle to remove SearchTheConverter due to restrictions, we suggest you simply reset the installed web browsers as we explain below. Besides, we also provide details on how to uninstall potentially unwanted programs from Windows and Mac computers easily.

However, if you want to get rid of the SearchTheConverter virus quickly or you did not succeed when trying to do it manually, you should make use of anti-malware software – simply scan the computer thoroughly.

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 SearchTheConverter, follow these steps:

Remove SearchTheConverter from Windows systems

To uninstall potentially unwanted programs from Windows machines, you should reach the Control Panel:

To remove SearchTheConverter 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 SearchTheConverter (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 SearchTheConverter from Mac OS X system

macOS users should follow these steps to eliminate unwanted apps:

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

Remove SearchTheConverter from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall SearchTheConverter 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 SearchTheConverter 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 SearchTheConverter removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate SearchTheConverter 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 SearchTheConverter-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 SearchTheConverter from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 SearchTheConverter 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 SearchTheConverter 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 SearchTheConverter removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase SearchTheConverter from Google Chrome

If you struggle with some extension removal from Chrome, reset it as explained below:

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 SearchTheConverter 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 SearchTheConverter-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 SearchTheConverter removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove SearchTheConverter 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 SearchTheConverter 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 SearchTheConverter 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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