I wrote this article to help you remove GetVideoConvert.com. This GetVideoConvert.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
How often do you convert online videos to mp3 files? Never or rarely, right? Then, why is the GetVideoConvert.com website your homepage? If you weren’t the one to set it as such, don’t blame your browser for it. In fact, it is your computer that has a problem. A browser hijacker type of problem. Unfortunately, it is true. You have an infection on board. But we have some good news for you. The GetVideoConvert.com hijacker is relatively easy to be deleted. Keep reading to find more information about this threat and some basic guidelines on how to prevent future infections.
The GetVideoConvert.com website promotes a free video converting tool. This app is, in fact, a parasite. Do not download it! The web page screams “scam”. Check the terms of service, for example. They were last updated two years ago. It’s been a while, a long while. New laws regarding cyber security and users’ rights were enforced in that time. Such outdated terms should be taken as a red flag.
Reading through the terms and conditions, you will discover that this software comes with many features. Such as a brand-new toolbar and search engine. They are not hiding it. If you were vigilant, you would have noticed those signals. But, don’t be too harsh on yourself. After all, we have been looking for frauds, you, on the other hand, were naive enough to believe that people have good intentions only. Never mind that. It is history. Let’s focus on the future. You can remove the GetVideoConvert.com hijacker easily. But only if you act promptly. Don’t delay it, for this pest acts as an open door for many dangerous online threats. You can use our guide to help you remove it manually.
The GetVideoConvert.com hijacker is constantly spying on you. It monitors all your online activities and sends the data to its owners. Your favorite websites, browsing history and search inquiries are no mystery to this app. But what will it use this data for? For advertisements, of course. Let’s say that you enter the word “sneakers” into some search engine. The hijacker will “see” that you are looking for new shoes and will start displaying ads for such. It will do the same for everything you do on the infected device. Be aware, the Incognito mode of your browser cannot hide you from the GetVideoConvert.com utility. The only way to restore your privacy is to remove the parasite.
The GetVideoConvert.com utility will try to generate bigger revenue by selling your data to third parties. Yes, this is not a joke. There are people willing to buy such information. How would you feel if a hacker buys your data pack? It is a possible scenario, another possibility is your user names and passwords being a part of the sold data. Do not log in to any banking services and social media. You risk losing money and becoming a victim of identity theft. Don’t put your security at risk. Track this intruder down and delete it immediately.
The GetVideoConvert.com hijacker is using the so-called pay-per-click marketing system. This means that the people behind this utility will be paid for every ad you click on. Now you understand why you are seeing so many ads recently. As annoying as these advertisements can be, they can also be dangerous. Unlike the big search engines, the GetVideoConvert.com utility doesn’t have a filtering mechanism. It will lend its features to anyone willing to pay. Crooks often use such services to spread their furtive programs.
Some of the ads the GetVideoConvert.com hijacker displays may be malicious. Therefore, you should avoid all advertisements. It sounds easy, yet, it may become the hardest task in your life. The GetVideoConvert.com hijacker will try to trick you into clicking on adverts unintentionally. At the most unexpected moment, it will open a pop-up window right under the cursor of your mouse. If you have the misfortune to click on a malicious ad, you will be redirected to an infected website. There, a drive-by download can be executed. These types of downloads are automatic. They do not require the user’s interaction and are extremely fast. For all these reasons, they are often used for virus distribution. You don’t need to put up with this. Track this pest and delete it immediately!
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove GetVideoConvert.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.