|Short Description||Adware that may install without the user’s consent and may add other malicious programs.|
|Symptoms||The user may be witnessing intrusive ads in the browser or experience crashes and freezes when using the converter.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, Free installers|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By FullAudioConverter|
The “FullAudioConverter” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), which claims to be a fast audio converter with no unnecessary functions making it a must-have program. It also claims to be Spyware and Adware free. All these claims are false. Some functions don’t work properly or don’t work at all. Also, there are many toolbars and advertisements associated with its installation and spying cookies inserted in your computer without your consent or awareness. You may notice the toolbars and some ads when browsing the Web.
FullAudioConverter – Distribution
The “FullAudioConverter” usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your consent, by concealing itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “FullAudioConverter”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” option in an installation setup to see what, exactly, will be installed.
Other ways of getting infected is by opening spam emails and downloading e-mail attachments, or by clicking on various advertisements and banners containing malicious content. You can also be tricked to download it from its official site: “fullaudioconverter.com”.
FullAudioConverter – In Detail
“FullAudioConverter” claims to be an audio converter, with no unnecessary functions, making it very easy to use. It also claims to be really fast, to convert many audio files at the same time, with many different formats, for various platforms. However, it some conversions may take a lot of time for audio files, and even it is not rare to experience a freeze, slow-downs of the operating system or a crash while using this program. On other occasions, the program just doesn’t load.
The program is related to “FullVideoConverter Pro” , another known adware. The “Drag” button, compared to the video converter, actually works. But for a program, that handles only audio conversion, with small files most of the time, it’s not as fast as it should be, and often the program can freeze and be unresponsive. There are no options that are necessary even for the simplest of converters, like bitrate, frequency and the quality of the sound.
When you browse the Internet after installing “FullAudioConverter”, it may collect different non-personally identifiable information about you like your search queries, websites you visited, your IP address, what have you clicked on, what you have installed on your computer and etc. This information may be used in order to show you more personalized commercial content and for other marketing purposes. You may also be shown different advertisements in the form of pop-ups or banners, which may redirect you to various sites with other malicious content. The sites would potentially get pay-per-click revenue when you visit them, as well.
Also, it is said on the site of “FullAudioConverter”, that you may cancel the cookies and toolbars that you will be asked to whether you like to install them. It is quite the opposite, due to the fact that the application’s setup downloads and installs its files without asking you, and no “advanced” setup is shown if you download it from its official site.
Remove FullAudioConverter Completely
To remove “FullAudioConverter” manually from your computer, make sure to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this malware completely, you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make certain that your system is safe from other threats you may come across.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall FullAudioConverter 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall FullAudioConverter.
Step 2: Remove FullAudioConverter from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select FullAudioConverter and click “Remove”
After FullAudioConverter is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select FullAudioConverter 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 FullAudioConverter has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on FullAudioConverter
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall FullAudioConverter. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the FullAudioConverter will be removed.
Step 3: Remove FullAudioConverter automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all FullAudioConverter associated objects.