|Name||ConvertAd also known as Adware.ConvertAd, Adware.ConvertAd.EA, Adware.ConvertAd.I, Adware.ConvertAd.G.|
|Short Description||May claim to improve online experience, but could be heavily ad-supported.|
|Symptoms||Advertisements may be generated and displayed, possibly based on behavioral advertising.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), or from legitimate freeware download websites|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By ConvertAd|
ConvertAd is an ad-supported program and is very similar to CosttMinn and several other unwanted applications or PUPs. It is reported by security professionals to display supported ads with its logo caption on it, which may say ‘By ConvertAd’, ‘Brought by ConvertAd’, ‘Ads by ConvertAd’. In case you have encountered such pop-up ads or ad-supported search results or modified site content, chances are you may have an adware PUP on your computer.
How Did ConvertAd PUP Get In Your PC?
There are several means by which such PUP may have penetrated stealthily in your PC. You might have clicked on an online ad or may have downloaded it as a result of a redirect. The most often method of such applications slipping into user PCs is called bundling. This involves widely used free software, such as useful programs that assist with everyday computer tasks, like PDF readers, photo editors, video downloading software, video players, web browsers and other. Most of the freeware providing sites may bundle the installers of such programs with apps like ConvertAd with the sole purpose of generating profits per install. These may prove to be very profitable and efficient money making schemes.
ConvertAd – More About It
Like many of its kind, ConvertAd may utilize a tactic called ‘behavioral advertising’. This means it might track your browsing history, online clicks, search history and other information. This involves tracking technologies such as different types of cookies and other objects. Based on that, the program may establish your momentary searches as well as the constant ones and display various types of advertisements according to your interests. This is a good strategy because it involves increased chances of users clicking on them. Some of the ads it may display may have nothing to do with the third-party sites involved. In fact, third party sites may be of any origin including:
- Scamming sites
- Malware infecting sites
Cyber-criminals have become very cunning when it comes to money making schemes and obtaining user information. This is the reason always to keep up with the latest in malware and non-malware hazards to the PC.
ConvertAd Removal Manual
To manually get rid of this app, you should refer to the step-by-step removal tutorial below. It is also important to employ a powerful anti-malware program that will detect anything out of the ordinary on you system and remove any threats. It will also ensure protect you in the future.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove ConvertAd from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of ConvertAd on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove ConvertAd in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase ConvertAd from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall ConvertAd from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove ConvertAd from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate ConvertAd from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable ConvertAd Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove ConvertAd from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ConvertAd
Step 2: Uninstall ConvertAd and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by ConvertAd on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by ConvertAd there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of ConvertAd from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall ConvertAd and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove ConvertAd via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove ConvertAd files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as ConvertAd, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove ConvertAd from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase ConvertAd from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall ConvertAd from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove ConvertAd from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the ConvertAd will be removed.
Eliminate ConvertAd from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by ConvertAd from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".