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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Search.searchdconvertnow.com is a search tool that will occupy all your browsers after you click the Start Download button on its official website downloadconverternow.com. People willingly download this software because they expect that it will help them to convert files quickly and easily. In fact, many people who install it on their computers get disappointed because this application only changes homepages, New Tab pages, and default search tools to Search.searchdconvertnow.com on all the browsers. Yes, there is a bar at the top with buttons leading to such websites as cloudconvert.com/pdf-to-doc, cloudconvert.com/doc-to-pdf, reference.com, thesaurus.com, and others, but you can easily access those pages by typing their URLs in the address bar of your browser. What we try to say here is that the program promoted on downloadconverternow.com is not as beneficial as it claims to be. Researchers working at pcthreat.com say that it might even cause security-related problems. Find out more about these problems further in this article. You will definitely have your own opinion about this application and the search tool set by it after reading this article.

Researchers do not say that the Download Converter Now extension itself is harmful; however, they definitely do not trust the search tool Search.searchdconvertnow.com set by it on all the browsers. They say that this search tool might be even harmful because, as has been found, it displays the commercial content, i.e. advertisements and promotional links to users despite the fact that it is powered by Yahoo! and shows the search results page of this search provider. Advertisements and links promoting third-party websites are not only very annoying because they make it harder to find the information on the web, but they also have a potential of taking users to websites that belong to cyber criminals or promote untrustworthy applications. Some users believe that they will be safe if they do not click on these promotional links and advertisements. Unfortunately, it is not a good solution to the problem. Specialists say that the commercial content often does not differ much from ordinary search results shown by decent search tools, so it might be impossible to recognize these ads. To be frank, you could feel safe only if you delete the extension promoting Search.searchdconvertnow.com from browsers because this search tool will be gone and you could set a more trustworthy tool.

It is not advisable to use Search.searchdconvertnow.com as the default search provider also because it has been found that it does not respect the privacy of users. If you open the Privacy Policy document of this search tool, it will become immediately clear what we have in mind here. There is a line in this document saying that search queries might contain personally identifiable information. Since search queries are considered to be the non-personal information, this information will be recorded by Search.searchdconvertnow.com no matter that it might contain personal details entered by a user into the search box. It means that the developer of the Download Converter Now and its affiliates will find out about you and your activities on the web. The way this piece of software works cannot be changed, but you can eliminate it in order not to allow it to perform any activities on your computer.

Before we explain to you how to undo the changes applied by the Download Converter Now extension, we want to tell you more about its distribution so that it would be easier for you to prevent similar undesirable applications from entering the computer in the future. It has been found that this program, even though it has an official website, might also be spread using aggressive marketing techniques, for example, it might come bundled in software bundles with free applications. Actually, there are hundreds of similar extensions promoting questionable search tools. Therefore, you should be very cautious all the time and go to install a security application. If you keep it enabled, a new undesirable program should not cause you any problems again.

The Download Converter Now has an uninstall entry in Control Panel; however, it only removes the dubious search tool from Internet Explorer. Users of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome will have to put more effort into the deletion of this browser extension. Instructions provided below this article will help you to take care of it, but if it happens that you do not find them very helpful, you should use an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter to get rid of it.

Remove Search.searchdconvertnow.com

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select the unwanted program.
  5. Click the Remove button.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Open the Start menu (click on the button in the bottom-left corner).
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program and go to find the undesirable application.
  4. Select it and then click the Uninstall button.

Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Launch Run (Win+R).
  2. Type Control Panel and tap Enter.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Select the application you have decided to erase from your computer.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+H.
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox at the top of the page.
  4. Click the Refresh Firefox button again.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Press Alt+F and then click Settings.
  3. Find Show advanced settings at the bottom and click it.
  4. Click Reset settings.
  5. In the confirmation window, click Reset.
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