What Is SocialSearchConverter?
SocialSearchConverter is classified as a browser hijacker and a rogue browser extension. Such extensions are usually promoted as useful utilities that improve searching. In the case of SocialSearchConverter, it comes from a family of many other similar extensions (or add-ons) that all share the same homepage design. Other examples include TopConverterSearch and ProPDFConverterSearch. Once it is added to your browser, your default page would be changed to portal.socialsearchconverter.com.
It should be noted that SocialSearchConverter is not malicious. However, it may be associated with the display of unwanted advertisements. Furthermore, if you don’t recall downloading the extension yourself, then it may have been included in the installer of another free program. This method is known as software bundling. You can read more about it and the other ways of distributing SocialSearchConverter across users in the article below.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUA|
|Short Description||A browser hijacker that takes over your browser’s settings and redirects to Bing.|
|Symptoms||Unwanted pop-ups may start appearing while you are browsing the web. A browser hijacker may be downloaded without your knowledge.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss SocialSearchConverter.|
SocialSearchConverter – Who Do I Have It?
The extension has its own website which offers various utilities, such as a PDF converter and a calculator. The search functionality it provides redirects to the Nearbyme rogue search engine. This is how the page looks like:
However, if you haven’t downloaded it from its site, it may have appeared in your browser after the download of a freeware program. This means that SocialSearchConverter may have been bundled with another program, a distribution method shortly known as software bundling. Such bundled installers come from download sites that host packaged archives laced with adware, browser plugins, potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), and even malware.
However, this may not be the only distribution approach used by SocialSearchConverter’s developers. Other methods include clicking suspicious links and ads, or subscribing to receive push notifications from suspicious sites, such as PushSub.club:
What Does SocialSearchConverter Do?
SocialSearchConverter may promise to deliver some useful functionality related to watching movies online, but it in fact its only purpose is to flood you with third-party content. This content may redirect you to suspicious page of the scamming type.
Other capabilities include collecting data from the browser, such as:
- Visited URLs and websites
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Search queries on the visited web pages
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
- The domain name of the current Internet service provider (ISP)
- Entered keystrokes
The collected details could be sold to third-party advertisers and used in various suspicious online campaigns.
Is SocialSearchConverter a Computer Virus?
Extensions such as this one are not computer viruses. However, they are known to cause various persistent issues, and they can also be hard to remove. Hijackers tend to re-appear even after the affected browser is re-installed. This behavior is quite pesky, and it’s not surprising that most users call hijackers viruses.
How to Remove SocialSearchConverter
To get rid of SocialSearchConverter and all its associated components, you should complete several removal steps. The instructions below provide both manual and automatic removal methods. To completely get rid of the files installed by unwanted applications, we recommend that you combine the steps.
The manual removal may be quite a complicated process that requires tech-savvy skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, you can rely on automatic removal.
Steps to Prepare Before Removal:
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
What is SocialSearchConverter on your Mac?
The SocialSearchConverter threat is probably a potentially unwanted app. There is also a chance it could be related to Mac malware.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.
Can Macs Get Viruses?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get malware. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a threat:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What Are The Symptoms of SocialSearchConverter On Mac?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.
What Types of Mac Threats Are There?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Adware and hijackers.
- Trojan horses and other spyware.
- Ransomware and screen-lockers.
- Cryptocurrency miner malware.
What To Do If I Have a Mac Virus, Like SocialSearchConverter?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One recommended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you.
There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to Secure My Data from SocialSearchConverter?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our MacOS Virus section, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.
About the SocialSearchConverter Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this SocialSearchConverter how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific macOS issue.
How did we conduct the research on SocialSearchConverter?
Please note that our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware definitions, including the various types of Mac threats, especially adware and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).
Furthermore, the research behind the SocialSearchConverter threat is backed with VirusTotal.
To better understand the threat posed by Mac malware, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.