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Danger level 6
Type: Adware

ConvertAd

Adware applications may continue bothering computer users long after their main installer files are gone. Take ConvertAd for example. The installer file for this adware program is no longer available, but if you happen to launch the stand-alone executable file for the application, ConvertAd functions without any problem. Adware programs are necessary to remove from your computer, because they might be related to a variety of potential security threats. Terminate ConvertAd immediately, and then scan your PC with SpyHunter free scanner to check what other potentially unwanted programs you may have on your system.

Although this program does not create a new entry on the list of installed applications, once the executable file is launched, it runs properly in the background of your system, and you can encounter the process when you open Windows Task Manager and check the list of running processes. As far ConvertAd’s behavior is concerned, it is a typical adware application that generates annoying pop-ups, shows commercial advertisements and slows down your computer. It should be also pointed out that your browsing history will also be collected by ConvertAd, so that the application would be able to provide you with relevant commercial advertisements.

Due to the fact that we cannot guarantee that ConvertAd would keep this collected information safe, we cannot trust the application. The problem with adware programs is that they are very vulnerable to third party exploitation, and there is no guarantee that ConvertAd will not be used to a dangerous malware scam as well.

On the other hand, this adware program seems to be rather out of date. Although the stand-alone executable file still works and displays a lot of ads, the website for the application at convertad.com is longer available. What is more, when ConvertAd enters your computer it does not install any new extensions on your browser nor does it leave an entry in the list of installed programs (as it has been mentioned above). ConvertAd is merely configured to run automatically each time your system boots, and the process runs as system service. You can locate it on the list of running processes under ConvertAd.exe.

For the most part ConvertAd displays commercial advertisements that are generated via download-servers.com/SysInfo/ConvertAd.html. Apart from that and the official home page which does not work anymore, ConvertAd also used to be bundled with VuuPC application, but it does not seem to be the case anymore. The application does not seem to be bundled with other freeware applications, because the general number of users who use ConvertAd is steadily decreasing.

Since there is no entry in your Control Panel and ConvertAd does not install a new extension on your browser, the only thing you can do about it is kill the process via Windows Task Manager. However, due to the fact that the process is configured to start automatically with each system boot-up, you should invest in a reliable computer security application and then remove ConvertAd automatically along with any other potential threats. Manual removal may not be enough to take care of this security issue.

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How to manually remove ConvertAd

Files associated with ConvertAd infection:

knss7825.tmpfs
knsa53e407c-29b1-406c-8cb9-97e9468ad69c.tmpfs
kns0930ccbe-7947-4e14-8ec0-a003951083a5.tmpfs
knsr923A.tmpfs
knseE282.tmp
CAResearch.exe
knsl39FD.tmpfs
knsf6E47.tmpfs
knszC41D.tmp
knsef68ade1-6975-45b5-9fba-08bb1a1a9fc5.tmpfs
knsfF273.tmpfs
knsf517824f-cc85-4830-8b39-5c032f96e0b3.tmpfs
knsuE93E.tmpfs
knsu6D10.tmp
knsx87.tmpfs
JOSrv.exe
kns7a04456f-d56a-491d-8a04-59b66721829d.tmpfs
knsd5987.tmp
knsi55C0.tmp
knsz3EFD.tmpfs
knssDD40.tmpfs
knsw5742.tmp
knsn347C.tmpfs
kns96ee79f2-b45e-43f8-b918-87fa263a0be1.tmpfs
kns121e08f5-3a83-4264-98d9-42012cc4ce89.tmpfs
knsj6B1F.tmp
knse6832.tmp
knstD805.tmp
kns15bfe828-271a-475b-bb04-cf1fb22b6b3f.tmpfs
knsf762bc87-2c03-4e63-b551-70644833d3f0.tmpfs
kns7f8e1817-3fff-4e65-b89c-1052fd85f050.tmpfs
knsaB3E0.tmp
znso2D01.tmp
knsb668D.tmp
knsx6011.tmpfs
knsg4A94.tmp
knsz228E.tmp
knsn9C5A.tmpfs
knsvA261.tmpfs
knsmE9AF.tmpfs
knsp9815.tmpfs
knsa5A.tmp
knsb666101b-38d6-4f29-9eaa-17a90ea9a872.tmpfs
knsyCC8E.tmp
znst47F2.tmp
knsvD4.tmpfs
knscfa3debd-5d89-4a87-88e6-b5dbb4a80509.tmpfs
kns1009da1c-78bb-4f5f-baea-a4228d96dea8.tmpfs
knskD249.tmp
knse196.tmp
kns120c75eb-3a57-4c42-b55b-e7bf91993f76.tmpfs
knsv5849.tmp
prot0b39545c-bb10-4f60-9c79-494e87878e7a.tmpfs
wincheck.exe
knsy7DEE.tmpfs
knslA2AF.tmpfs
knsz4BF9.tmp
knsy2E1C.tmpfs
knslAE2.tmpfs
knszF62F.tmp
knst961.tmpfs
kns1c467019-f83d-4727-9eb5-9868f9755c8e.tmpfs
knsdDEA3.tmpfs
knsuB9CA.tmp
kns90fdad7d-10c6-434d-b82a-ca5f94a01187.tmpfs
knskF7B6.tmpfs
knsnC3FF.tmpfs
kns74498612-c276-4e56-807d-cd71d05b1f96.tmpfs
knst359B.tmp
knseD518.tmp
knsz51BF.tmpfs
prot9f5a8939-f3c1-4a5f-a38e-92f54a8783e3.tmpfs
knsy5EA8.tmp
kns59c2a7b1-a093-4fd4-9289-e2abc6b63e4a.tmpfs
kns42bb99cd-2435-4950-b740-4fcf0b60e655.tmpfs
kns8bfd0e7f-ea9a-4b03-9a4e-84fcea8fa4dd.tmpfs
knsuEDCE.tmp
CASrv.exe
knsz8F5F.tmp
prot7f8e1817-3fff-4e65-b89c-1052fd85f050.tmpfs
knsa66ec34f-6bf6-4ddb-85fa-66b24a7b1978.tmpfs
knss9844.tmp
kns5cc2f839-d533-405f-915f-6a94421748be.tmpfs
knsd98D1.tmpfs
knsc1B2.tmpfs
knsf74B.tmpfs
knsjD987.tmpfs
knsx9D51.tmpfs
knsyF9E8.tmpfs
kns44973763-5bc9-481a-9d90-baf3d0063b1e.tmpfs
knsc3DA7.tmp
znsbDC30.tmp
prot8999f45c-8c55-4138-8360-2f30ed82ebcc.tmpfs
knse7ec5858-562f-4371-8e83-58341b04fb5e.tmpfs
knsf1E13.tmpfs
knsc182.tmp
knspF638.tmp
knsa5E4.tmpfs
knszFE63.tmp
knsm9160.tmpfs

ConvertAd processes to kill:

wincheck.exe
CASrv.exe
JOSrv.exe
CAResearch.exe
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