The VideoDownloadConverter is a browser hijacker. It is a type of potentially unwanted programs. Unlike viruses, it’ll not delete or infect your files, but its actions will cause some problems with your internet browser. This is because, it’ll infect your computer, get full access to your browsers such as Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer and be able to alter their settings. Of course, it did not ask you for permission and do it secretly as possible. Once your browser settings will be replaced, you will be redirected to unwanted web-pages completely, some of which can be dangerous or misleading web-pages. For this reason, we recommend that you delete it ASAP and thereby return your favorite home page and search engine.
Most often, the VideoDownloadConverter hijacker affects most common browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE. But such browser hijacker infections as well can infect other web browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of browser’s shortcut). So every time you open the web-browser, it’ll show VideoDownloadConverter page. Even if you setup your homepage again, it is still the first thing you see when you launch the internet browser will be the annoying VideoDownloadConverter site.
Table of contents
- What is VideoDownloadConverter
- How to remove VideoDownloadConverter
- How to manually remove VideoDownloadConverter
- Delete VideoDownloadConverter associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete VideoDownloadConverter
- Remove VideoDownloadConverter from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
- Remove VideoDownloadConverter startpage from Chrome
- Remove VideoDownloadConverter from IE
- How to automatically remove VideoDownloadConverter browser hijacker
- How to manually remove VideoDownloadConverter
- How to stop VideoDownloadConverter redirect
- How to avoid setup of VideoDownloadConverter hijacker infection
- Finish words
As mentioned above, the VideoDownloadConverter browser hijacker also alters the web-browser’s search engine. So, your internet browser, when searching something, will open a hodgepodge of ads, links to unwanted and add web pages and search results of a big search engines like Google or Bing. As a result, actual use of a web browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. Moreover, it can also lead to slowing or even freeze your web browser.
Also, adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) can be installed on the personal computer together with VideoDownloadConverter browser hijacker infection. It will insert lots of advertisements directly to the pages that you view, creating a sense that advertisements has been added by the creators of the page. Moreover, legal ads can be replaced on fake advertisements which will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful programs. Moreover, the VideoDownloadConverter hijacker infection has the ability to collect a lot of personal information about you, which can be later sold to third parties.
We suggest you to get rid of VideoDownloadConverter search and free your computer as soon as possible, until the presence of the browser hijacker has not led to even worse consequences. Follow the step-by-step instructions below that will allow you to completely remove VideoDownloadConverter homepage, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How to remove VideoDownloadConverter
Without a doubt, the hijacker is harmful to your PC. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malware. To remove this browser hijacker, you can use the manual removal which are given below or free malware removal utility such as Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal that will help you to remove VideoDownloadConverter homepage easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in PC or in the case where browser hijacker is not removed automatically.
How to manually remove VideoDownloadConverter
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually get rid of VideoDownloadConverter from the FF, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge.
Delete VideoDownloadConverter associated software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and uninstall the program that causes the appearance of unwanted ads or browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will display the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all software installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete VideoDownloadConverter
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your web browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The browser hijacker infection can rewrite it. If you are seeing something like “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as shown on the image below.
Once is complete, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for internet browser shortcuts which redirects to an annoying web sites. When you have completed, go to next step.
Remove VideoDownloadConverter startpage from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the browser hijacker, dangerous and adware extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s startpage, new tab page and default search engine that have been changed by hijacker.
First launch the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown on the image below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The browser will launch the process of cleaning. Once it’s complete, the browser’s settings including startpage, new tab page and default search engine back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your personal computer.
Remove VideoDownloadConverter from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
The Mozilla Firefox reset will keep your personal information such as bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data and remove unwanted search engine and start page such as VideoDownloadConverter, modified preferences, extensions and security settings.
First, launch the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the VideoDownloadConverter hijacker infection. When, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove VideoDownloadConverter from IE
By resetting Internet Explorer internet browser you restore your internet browser settings to its default state. This is basic when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker such as VideoDownloadConverter.
First, open the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown on the screen below.
When the task is done, press “Close” button. Close the IE and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s homepage and search engine by default to default state.
How to automatically remove VideoDownloadConverter browser hijacker
The browser hijacker can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the hijacker again infect your computer and modify settings of all your typical browsers to VideoDownloadConverter. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove browser hijacker manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the operating system. The best method to detect and remove browser hijackers is to run free malware removal programs.
Use Malwarebytes to remove hijacker
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to detect and delete VideoDownloadConverter from your machine. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the PC.
Download Malwarebytes Free by clicking on the link below.
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Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this procedure is finished, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a scan of your PC system. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your system. In order to get rid of all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free application that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal utility, we recommend you to read and follow the steps or the video guide below.
Delete VideoDownloadConverter redirect from web-browsers with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes anti-malware cannot delete this hijacker infection, then we suggests to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for browser hijackers, adware, potentially unwanted software and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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When downloading is finished, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the utility is started, you will see a screen as shown on the screen below.
Further, click “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC system to find out VideoDownloadConverter browser hijacker and browser’s malicious extensions. Once the scan is complete, it will open a scan report as shown in the figure below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will display a dialog box as shown on the screen below.
You need to click “OK”. Once the cleaning procedure is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. When your computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stop VideoDownloadConverter redirect
We suggest to install an ad-blocker program which can block VideoDownloadConverter and other annoying web sites. The adblocker tool such as AdGuard is a application which basically removes advertising from the Web and blocks access to malicious web pages. Moreover, security experts says that using adblock applications is necessary to stay safe when surfing the World Wide Web.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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After downloading is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is finished, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop pop-up ads, web pages such VideoDownloadConverter, as well as other harmful or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
How to avoid setup of VideoDownloadConverter hijacker infection
Many browser hijackers like VideoDownloadConverter come from web-browser toolbars, internet browser extensions, BHOs (browser helper objects) and third-party applications. Most often, these items claim itself as programs that improve your experience on the Internet by providing a fast and interactive home page or a search engine that does not track you. Remember, how to avoid the unwanted applications. Be cautious, start only reputable applications which download from reputable sources. NEVER install an unknown and suspicious application.
Now your personal computer should be free of the VideoDownloadConverter redirect. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and unwanted dangerous pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your machine for new malware, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijacker, harmful programs and ‘ad supported’ software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove VideoDownloadConverter homepage from your web browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.