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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On the other hand, this adware program seems to be rather out of date.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:

knsuB9CA.tmp
knsg4A94.tmp
bnsfCC48.exe
znsx9A20.tmp
jnsxF6FA.tmp
UpdateNotifier.exe
knsx87.tmpfs
jnst7800.tmp
knskF7B6.tmpfs
SoftwareUpdater.exe
hnsxE99A.tmp
snsq43AC.tmp
nsiB9AB.tmpfs
cnss304E.tmp
CASrv.exe
bnse26AB.exe
Uninstall.exe
jnsl1756.tmp
bnsi97E1.exe
jnsr3622.tmp
knsw5742.tmp
insx78B8.tmp
knsz228E.tmp
kns59c2a7b1-a093-4fd4-9289-e2abc6b63e4a.tmpfs
knse196.tmp
knseD518.tmp
knstD805.tmp
knse6832.tmp
jnsg226D.tmp
JOSrv.exe
bnsz4428.exe
knsyCC8E.tmp
bnsi5D41.exe
snsaD0.tmp
knsd89CB.tmp
knsz8F5F.tmp
knst961.tmpfs
kns57.tmp
bnsr75CE.exe
nsd93CC.tmp
knsy7DEE.tmpfs
jnsb3D1.tmp
bnsiFAC5.exe
nsh1F68.tmpfs
znso2D01.tmp
insr9174.tmp
bnse567B.exe
bnsw808F.exe
knszF62F.tmp
jnsdB5D8.tmp
cnstE9E5.tmp
cnsvB84D.tmp
knskD249.tmp
kns15B6.tmp
knsr923A.tmpfs
cnsqC4AE.tmp
cnsdDE5.tmp
snsvD6F9.tmp
knsd5987.tmp
jnsb19F2.tmp
snskDECC.tmp
znsz2A4.tmp
bnshA49A.exe
knsz4BF9.tmp
snscA898.tmp
knsa5E4.tmpfs
igs.exe
snsz7DDD.tmp
IGSrv.exe
snsd27.tmp
snsy155.tmp
wincheck.exe
cnsp4BF7.tmp
bnsiC15.exe
snsdFC3B.tmp
jnsf6543.tmp
cnsn457D.tmp
snsxAB6D.tmp
ansk4967.exe
bnsb8902.exe
cnsv94C3.tmp
knscfa3debd-5d89-4a87-88e6-b5dbb4a80509.tmpfs
inslBF.tmp
knsaB3E0.tmp
knsc3DA7.tmp
snsrC4A9.tmp
knsu25D3.tmp
jnsoAEBB.tmp
knszFE63.tmp
znsbDC30.tmp
knst359B.tmp
bnsr8CFA.exe
nsc36B3.tmp
cnsmDC6E.tmp
knspF638.tmp
jnsi78F1.tmp
knsa5A.tmp
CAResearch.exe
knsc182.tmp
kns90fdad7d-10c6-434d-b82a-ca5f94a01187.tmpfs

ConvertAd processes to kill:

SoftwareUpdater.exe
bnse567B.exe
bnsw808F.exe
UpdateNotifier.exe
bnshA49A.exe
JOSrv.exe
bnsz4428.exe
CAResearch.exe
bnsr75CE.exe
bnsi97E1.exe
Uninstall.exe
bnsiFAC5.exe
bnsfCC48.exe
bnse26AB.exe
igs.exe
bnsi5D41.exe
bnsiC15.exe
wincheck.exe
CASrv.exe
ansk4967.exe
IGSrv.exe
bnsr8CFA.exe
bnsb8902.exe
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