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On the other hand, this adware program seems to be rather out of date.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.
How to manually remove ConvertAd
Files associated with ConvertAd infection:
ConvertAd processes to kill: