Long story short, TheMediaConverter is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and rogue application which claims that it can convert video and audio files. However, you shouldn’t be tricked by this description as it is only a way to trick you into downloading it. Once TheMediaConverter finds its way to your browser, it will flood you with intrusive ads, which also makes it an adware. Another example of a PUP with similar behavior is Best File Converter which is also a browser hijacker.
This article will give you instructions on how to deal with the removal of TheMediaConverter.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The hijacker redirect can alter the homepage, search engine and new tab on every browser application you have installed.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab and search engine of all your browsers will be switched to the hijacker’s main page. You will be redirected and could see sponsored content.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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TheMediaConverter – How Did I Get It and What It Does?
There are several ways which may have brought TheMediaConverter in your system. Did you know that installation setups belonging to third-party programs are mainly responsible for delivering such PUPs? Without initially informing you, freeware and bundled packages add TheMediaConverter in their installers, and if you don’t pay attention, you get the extra download, too. Also, the PUP could be delivered with the help of a browser add-on.
It is also possible that TheMediaConverter is advertised on suspicious websites from where users willingly download it, thinking it is a useful tool.
TheMediaConverter could also be distributed through advertisements in various suspicious websites. Banners, pop-ups or pop-under ads may redirect you to pages that host the PUP.
Since TheMediaConverter has adware features, you may start seeing ads and promos such as:
- Ad by TheMediaConverter
- Advert from TheMediaConverter
- Powered by TheMediaConverter
- Ads by TheMediaConverter
- Advertisement by TheMediaConverter
- Brought to you by TheMediaConverter
It’s also important to note that adware programs such as TheMediaConverter are often capable of collection various details from you, including:
- 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 current Internet service provider (ISP)
- Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system
The developer of this PUP can use the collected information for advertising purposes or disclose them to other third-parties of unknown origin. Eventually, your affected browser could be flooded by even more annoying advertisements that cause serious slowdowns and expose the system to more severe infections. Worst case scenario is that your data could be disclosed to bad actors that can use it for identity theft or other privacy and security-related issues.
To remove TheMediaConverter manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the PUP entirely, you can use an advanced anti-malware tool to be sure that all associated files are gone for good.
- Guide 1: How to Remove TheMediaConverter from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of TheMediaConverter from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove TheMediaConverter from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase TheMediaConverter from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall TheMediaConverter from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove TheMediaConverter from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate TheMediaConverter from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove TheMediaConverter from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TheMediaConverter
Step 2: Uninstall TheMediaConverter 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 TheMediaConverter 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 TheMediaConverter there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of TheMediaConverter from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall TheMediaConverter 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 TheMediaConverter 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 TheMediaConverter files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as TheMediaConverter, 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 TheMediaConverter 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 TheMediaConverter 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 TheMediaConverter 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 TheMediaConverter 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 TheMediaConverter will be removed.
Eliminate TheMediaConverter 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.