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On the other hand, this adware program seems to be rather out of date.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

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

ConvertAd processes to kill:

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