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ConvertAd Description and Removal Instructions

TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionMay claim to improve online experience, but could be heavily ad-supported.
SymptomsAdvertisements may be generated and displayed, possibly based on behavioral advertising.
Distribution MethodVia freeware packages (bundling), or from legitimate freeware download websites
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By ConvertAd

ransomware-virusConvertAd 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

1. Remove/Uninstall ConvertAd

1. Remove/Uninstall ConvertAd in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall ConvertAd.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove ConvertAd from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select ConvertAd and click “Remove


    After ConvertAd is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate ConvertAd and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After ConvertAd is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select ConvertAd to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After ConvertAd has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on ConvertAd
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall ConvertAd. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the ConvertAd will be removed.

    3. Remove ConvertAd automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

    3. Remove ConvertAd automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

    To clean your computer with the award-winning software Spy Hunter – donload_now_140
    It is highly recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter.


    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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