Win32/Adware.ConvertAd is not a virus or malware that could pose harm to computers or the data of their owners. However, its name has already got a negative label in various security forums. The most important reason why people are calling this toolbar ‘virus’ is that it is spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware, and sometimes it seems that it appeared on the system using the same way as viruses do. However, today we can assure you thatWin32/Adware.ConvertAd is safe and harmless. Its downsides are its distribution method and annoying activity, which relies on commercial pop-up notifications, redirects to affiliate websites, slowdowns and similar activity.
We don’t recommend ignoring that because you may be tricked into visiting a really suspicious website, which is used for spreading adwares, browser hijackers and other PUPs. In addition, just like other adwares, this program may start tracking you and your activity on the Internet. It may collect your search terms, mostly visited websites, data that you enter on each of these websites and similar things. While such information is not considered ‘personally identifiable’ you should be very careful with that. In order to avoid Win32/Adware.ConvertAd and its pop-up ads, redirects, tracking and similar activities, you should pay more attention to freeware’s installation. However, you can get rid of its commercial pop-up ads only by removing this application from the system.
We categorized is as potentially unwanted software due to is resistance to removal. The plugin is persistent in remaining on your system. Although you cannot see it, it is very possible that Win32/Adware.ConvertAd will slow down your Internet browser, as most of the users have complained about it. Another thing is that users often download and install Win32/Adware.ConvertAd themselves without realizing it. It happens, because this browser plugin is frequently bundled with other freeware applications available for download online. If a user goes through an installation process negligently, then he might miss a notification that prompts him or her about the impending Win32/Adware.ConvertAd installation. It’s not malicious but it can definitely be called unfair. In order to prevent Win32/Adware.ConvertAd infiltration, you should choose only Custom or Advanced installation method when downloading freeware from the web. If it gets inside, it automatically installs its add-on to Google Chrome, IE and Mozilla Firefox browsers, and starts offering its services. According to users, this program returns trustworthy search results.
Win32/Adware.ConvertAd can be easily installed on computer from such sites as cnet, soft32 and similar. These sites are harmless, so you can trust them without any hesitations. However, this toolbar can also come on your PC bundled with other programs. This distribution method is very popular among such programs as toolbars, search engines and similar applications.
How to Remove Win32/Adware.ConvertAdUse the instructions below to automatically remove Win32/Adware.ConvertAd and other malware, as well as automatically repair internet browser settings if needed.
Remove with Reason Core Security
- Install the free version of Reason Core Security.
- When the installation begins, you will see the Reason Core Security Setup which will guide you through the installation process.
- Once installed, Reason Core Security will automatically start a quick "welcome" process. When this completes it will run an initial scan which should find this and all additional adware threats on your computer. When it finds it and the scan completes, you will be asked to run a quick or full scan.
- After the scan you will see Win32/Adware.ConvertAd and other malware, adware and PUPs Reason Core Security has detected. Check all items you want to remove and click the "Remove Checked" button.
- Reason Core Security will now remove Win32/Adware.ConvertAd and other malware it has found.
Remove with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
- Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, please do so.
- On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect Win32/Adware.ConvertAd and additional third-party malware infecting the computer system.
- Once the malware scan is over, Malwarebytes will prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer
Ways to Prevent Win32/Adware.ConvertAd InfectionsTake the following steps to protect your PC from Win32/Adware.ConvertAd and other viruses. Suggested tools and security programs within installed software helps prevent the same threats on your PC.
Install an effective anti-malware program
Your first line of defense would be an effective security program that provides real-time protection. We have a list of anti-malware programs that are tried and tested. It does not only scan files but also monitors your PC and blocks infections from occuring. Click on the link below to download our recommended anti-malware program.
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Always update your installed software
Software publishers constantly releases updates for programs whenever a flaw or security exploit is discovered. Getting these updates makes your computer more secured and help prevents Trojans, viruess, malware, and Win32/Adware.ConvertAd similar threats. If in case your program is not set for automatic updatse, it usually offered from the publisher's web site, which you can download anytime.
Secure your web browser
It is becoming increasingly popular for attackers to compromise computers through vulnerable web browsers. An insecure web browser can lead to viruses being installed on your computer without your knowledge, attackers taking control of your computer, stealing your information, or even using your computer to attack other computers. We highly encourage you to maximize the setup to tighten the security of your browser. While making your browser more secure helps reduce the risk that someone will be able to use it to compromise your computer, it is still important to have safe computing habits so attackers get fewer chances to try. Don't click on unknown or unsolicited links or open unexpected attachments. Don't download files, programs or tools unless you are positive they are safe.
Apply full caution when using the Internet
The Internet is full of fraud, malware, scams and many forms of computer threats including Win32/Adware.ConvertAd. Implement full caution with links that you may receive from emails, social networking sites, and instant messaging programs. It might lead you to malicious sites that can cause harm to your computer. Avoid strange web sites that offer free services and software downloads as these downloaders typically bundle unwanted software that lead to virus infections.
Use Windows System Restoreif you have been infected by Win32/Adware.ConvertAd you migt be required to restore yoru computer to a previous saved state. During an infection, Win32/Adware.ConvertAd drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry and might install a rootkit. With these changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore. Even if your standard AV has removed the infection it might be the safest aleternative. To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below to access this feature.
Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
- Go to Start Menu, then under 'Run' or 'Search Program and Files' field, type rstrui.
- Then, press Enter on the keyboard to open System Restore Settings.
- Hover your mouse cursor to the lower left corner of the screen and wait for the Start icon to appear.
- Right-click on the icon and select Run from the list. This will open a Run dialog box.
- Type rstrui on the 'Open' field and click on OK to initiate the command.
- Continue on the steps and choose a desired restore point. All saved restore points are listed with corresponding date, time and description. Please click and read ‘How do I choose a restore point?’ for additional guide.
- Typically, only the most recent restore points are shown. To view older saved data, please choose “Show more restore points.”After choosing a restore point click Next.
- If prompted to Confirm your restore point, please click on Finish to begin the process.