How to remove SearchConverterOnline hijacker
SearchConverterOnline is a browser hijacker that will make unwanted changes to browser’s settings and set portal.searchconverteronline.com as the homepage and new tabs. If you are being redirected to the site every time you open your browser, you have a browser hijacker problem.
If your constantly redirected to portal.searchconverteronline.com whenever you open your browser, SearchConverterOnline browser hijacker is installed on your computer. It’s not a dangerous computer infection but it’s very annoying to deal with because it makes unwanted changes to browser’s settings. The main goal of a browser hijacker is to redirect users to sponsored websites, and they do that by changing your default search engine to a questionable one that would insert sponsored content into search results. Hijackers do this to generate traffic and revenue for certain websites. This is generally harmless, albeit very annoying. However, it should be mentioned that browser hijackers can redirect to potentially dangerous websites, including ones that promote scams and hide malware. So what begins as a harmless but annoying infection could end in serious malware.
There’s no reason to allow SearchConverterOnline to remain installed on your computer, as it’s completely useless to you. It also likely installed via software bundling, meaning you did not install purposely. We will explain this method in more detail in the following section of the report.
Since there’s no reason to keep it installed, you need to remove SearchConverterOnline as soon as possible. Using anti-virus software like WiperSoft to get rid of it would be easiest because the program would take care of everything.
Browser hijacker distribution methods
SearchConverterOnline isn’t exactly a useful extension so there’s little chance you actually installed it yourself knowingly. What likely happened was you installed some free software and it had this hijacker attached to it. Whatever comes attached to a free program can install alongside, unless you manually prevent it from doing so. This method of installation is called software bundling, and it’s usually how infections like browser hijackers, adware and potentially unwanted program spread. If you want to avoid them in the future, you need to learn how to install freeware correctly.
First of all, you should download programs from their official websites instead of third-party program sites. This way, there’s less chance that something will be attached to the program. And when installing free programs, always pay attention to the process and opt for Advanced (Custom) settings instead of Default. If you use Default, the offers will be hidden and set to install alongside automatically. If you opt for Advanced settings, those settings will make all offers visible and you will have the option to deselect them. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes. Once you have done that, you can continue installing the program.
Should you delete SearchConverterOnline
The good thing about browser hijackers is that they are very noticeable infections. As soon as SearchConverterOnline installs, it will change your browser’s settings and set portal.searchconverteronline.com as the homepage. This site will load every time you open your browser, whether it’s Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. These changes to your browser will be irreversible until you get rid of the hijacker responsible for them.
portal.searchconverteronline.com is a very typical browser hijacker website. Its PDF converter, cryptocurrency and currency converter, and calculator features, as well as the site’s overall appearance are identical to many other browser hijacker’s promoted websites. In addition to the mentioned features, the hijacker also has a search box. By forcing users to use questionable search engines, hijackers are often able to redirect users to sponsored websites. This is why you should not use any search engine that’s pushed to you by questionable websites. Sponsored content may be inserted among legitimate search results, and depending on your luck, you could be redirected to dangerous sites that hide malware or promote scams.
Hijackers are also known to collect information about browsing activities, including what sites you visit, what you search for, your IP address, etc. This information can also be shared with unknown third-parties.
Browser hijackers aren’t serious infections so you can remove SearchConverterOnline hijacker both manually and automatically. Using an anti-virus programs like WiperSoft would be easiest because it would not only delete SearchConverterOnline hijacker but also undo setting changes. This is the recommended method for users who have little experience with uninstalling programs. If you manually uninstall SearchConverterOnline, you will also need to undo all setting changes.
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The article should only be used for educational purposes. If you follow the instructions provided in the article, you agree to be bound by this disclaimer. We do not guarantee that the article will aid you in completely removing the malware from your PC. Malicious programs are constantly developing, which is why it is not always easy or possible to clean the computer by using only the manual removal guide.