What is TopSearchConverters?
TopSearchConverters is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) which falls under the family of Browser hijackers. The aim of browser hijackers is to earn advertising revenue. For example, a browser hijacker redirects the user’s homepage to the browser hijacker’s page that contains advertisements or sponsored links; a browser hijacker redirects the user web searches to a link the browser hijacker wants the user to see, rather than to legitimate search provider results. When the user clicks on advertisements in the search results, the developers behind browser hijackers gets paid. The authors of browser hijackers can collect sensitive info such as user browsing habits as well as browsing history and sell this information to third parties for marketing purposes.
Typically, browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs promote specially created web-pages by setting their address as the start page or search provider of the affected web-browser. In this case, the browser hijacker changes the browser settings to feed.topsearchconverters.com. That is, in other words, this browser hijacker is created for the sole purpose of forcing the user to visit the topsearchconverters.com address when the user opens the homepage or uses the search provider. Therefore, the only way to remove a browser redirect to this unwanted website is to completely remove the browser hijacker associated with it. The reason for this is that potentially unwanted programs and browser hijackers often block the ability to change browser settings, thus preventing the user from restoring the homepage and search provider. For example, in this case, to delete topsearchconverters.com from the address of the home page and search provider, the user needs to uninstall the TopSearchConverters browser hijacker.
And finally, the TopSearchConverters browser hijacker has the ability to gather a wide variety of your user information like what webpages you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, can be transferred to third parties.
How can a browser hijacker get on your computer
PUPs and browser hijackers spreads bundled with many freeware and commercial apps. This unwanted software can be installed in background without user consent, but usually it’s introduced to a user when a downloaded application are installed. So, read term of use and user agreement very carefully before installing any software or otherwise you can end up with another browser hijacker on your device, such as this TopSearchConverters browser hijacker.
|Type||home page hijacker, search provider hijacker, PUP, redirect virus, browser hijacker|
|Associated domains||feed.topsearchconverters.com, get.topsearchconverters.com, portal.topsearchconverters.com, install.topsearchconverters.com|
|Affected Browser Settings||homepage, new tab URL, search provider|
|Distribution||fake updaters, free programs setup packages, malicious popup advertisements|
|Symptoms||Advertising banners appear in places they shouldn’t be. You keep getting redirected to unfamiliar web pages. Unwanted program installed without your consent. New web-browser toolbars suddenly added on your web browser. Your browser settings are being altered without your request.|
|Removal||TopSearchConverters removal guide|
How to remove TopSearchConverters hijacker (removal guidance)
Even if you’ve the up-to-date classic antivirus installed, and you have checked your computer for malware and removed anything found, you need to do the tutorial below. The TopSearchConverters hijacker removal is not simple as installing another antivirus. Classic antivirus apps are not developed to run together and will conflict with each other, or possibly crash MS Windows. Instead we recommend complete the manual steps below after that run Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM), MalwareBytes or HitmanPro, which are free malware removal tools dedicated to find and remove malicious software such as TopSearchConverters. Use these utilities to ensure the browser hijacker is removed.
To remove TopSearchConverters, perform the following steps:
- How to manually delete TopSearchConverters
- Automatic Removal of TopSearchConverters
- How to stop TopSearchConverters redirect
How to manually delete TopSearchConverters
Read this section to know how to manually delete the TopSearchConverters hijacker. Even if the few simple steps does not work for you, there are several free malware removers below that can easily handle such hijackers.
Remove dubious apps using Windows Control Panel
First, go to MS Windows Control Panel and delete suspicious programs, all programs you don’t remember installing. It’s important to pay the most attention to apps you installed just before TopSearchConverters appeared on your web-browser. If you don’t know what a program does, look for the answer on the Internet.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will display the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all applications installed on the PC system.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete questionable and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video guidance below.
Remove TopSearchConverters browser hijacker from web-browsers
If you are still getting TopSearchConverters browser hijacker, then you can try to remove it by deleting malicious extensions.
|Google Chrome||Mozilla Firefox|
You can also try to remove TopSearchConverters hijacker by reset Google Chrome settings.
If you are still experiencing issues with TopSearchConverters browser hijacker removal, you need to reset Mozilla Firefox browser.
Another solution to get rid of TopSearchConverters browser hijacker from Internet Explorer is reset IE settings.
Automatic Removal of TopSearchConverters
The manual instructions above is tedious to follow and can not always help to delete TopSearchConverters hijacker fully. Here I am telling you an automatic way to get rid of this hijacker from your web browser easily. Zemana, MalwareBytes AntiMalware and Hitman Pro are anti-malware utilities that can locate and delete all kinds of malware including browser hijackers.
How to delete TopSearchConverters with Zemana Free
Zemana Free highly recommended, because it can look for security threats such browser hijacker and adware which most ‘classic’ antivirus software fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any TopSearchConverters removal problems which cannot be fixed by this tool automatically, then Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
First, please go to the following link, then press the ‘Download’ button in order to download the latest version of Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM).
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
After downloading is complete, close all applications and windows on your device. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup like below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana Free on your computer.
Once setup is done, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the TopSearchConverters hijacker. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your personal computer and the speed of your device. While the tool is scanning, you may see number of objects and files has already scanned.
After the scan get completed, you’ll be shown the list of all detected items on your computer. All detected threats will be marked. You can delete them all by simply press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware will start to remove TopSearchConverters browser hijacker.
Use HitmanPro to remove TopSearchConverters from the personal computer
In order to make sure that no more malicious folders and files linked to TopSearchConverters hijacker are inside your computer, you must run another effective malicious software scanner. We advise to use Hitman Pro. No installation is necessary with this tool.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of HitmanPro for MS Windows. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
Once the downloading process is done, open the file location and double-click the HitmanPro icon. It will run the HitmanPro tool. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to launch the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Next” to perform a system scan with this tool for the TopSearchConverters hijacker. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your computer and the speed of your computer. When a malware, adware software or PUPs are found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
When HitmanPro is complete scanning your computer, HitmanPro will display a list of found threats as shown on the image below.
Make sure to check mark the threats that are unsafe and then press “Next” button. It will show a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button. The HitmanPro will start to delete TopSearchConverters hijacker. After the process is finished, the utility may ask you to restart your computer.
Delete TopSearchConverters browser hijacker with MalwareBytes Free
If you’re still having problems with the TopSearchConverters hijacker — or just wish to scan your computer occasionally for browser hijacker and other malware — download MalwareBytes. It’s free for home use, and searches for and removes various undesired programs that attacks your device or degrades device performance. MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) can remove adware, potentially unwanted apps as well as malware, including ransomware and trojans.
Visit the page linked below to download MalwareBytes AntiMalware. Save it on your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once the downloading process is complete, close all apps and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called MBSetup as displayed on the screen below.
When the installation begins, you will see the Setup wizard that will help you setup Malwarebytes on your computer.
Once installation is complete, you will see window as displayed on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to start scanning your personal computer for the TopSearchConverters browser hijacker. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your personal computer and the speed of your computer. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once the scanning is done, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will open a list of all threats found by the scan. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove TopSearchConverters browser hijacker. When disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your computer.
The following video explains step-by-step guide on how to delete browser hijacker, adware and other malware with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM).
How to stop TopSearchConverters redirect
By installing an ad blocking program like AdGuard, you’re able to stop TopSearchConverters redirects, block autoplaying video ads and remove a ton of distracting and unwanted ads on web sites.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. After the install is complete, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your device, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, block TopSearchConverters, as well as other harmful or misleading webpages. 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.
To sum up
Now your PC system should be free of the TopSearchConverters browser hijacker. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up advertisements and unwanted malicious websites) and Zemana (to periodically scan your PC system for new browser hijackers and other malicious software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete TopSearchConverters from the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox, then ask for help here here.