ConverterSearchNow looks like an innocent browser extension for Chrome, and users would seldom think that this app could cause security-related problems. Of course, it’s true that this app is not a malicious infection, but security specialists grade it as a potentially unwanted program. When you deal with a potentially unwanted program, you have to realize that the application may have certain features that are deemed undesirable. If you don’t want to deal with these unwanted features, you can remove ConverterSearchNow right now. If you didn’t plan to have this, you might as well remove it, too.
If you follow cybersecurity news, you must have noticed that there’s been an increase in these browser extensions that offer to “convert” something. It doesn’t mean that they can actually do that. It could be just in the name. At the same time, since there is an abundance of similar applications, we can assume that all of them are based on the same blueprint, and they are being released one by one without too many modifications.
What’s more, ConverterSearchNow and other similar extensions are available out in the open. There is the official homepage at portal.convertersearchnow.com, and you can also find this app at the Chrome Web Store. This should be enough of a proof that the application is not a malicious infection, and yet, a lot of users are still confused about how exactly it manages to reach their browsers.
Well, that is mostly because the application employs more than one distribution method, and it has other “side routes” that allow it to reach its targets. For instance, ConverterSearchNow could also come with freeware bundles or through some website that displays a lot of commercial content. If you encounter multiple pop-ups and redirected windows, some of them could be offering ConverterSearchNow, too. If users are not attentive, they might click the notification that offers to add the extension to their browser without even reading it first. And if you actually click the Add to Browser button, you automatically agree to give this app permission to change your default search engine settings.
The official promotional lines for this app say that “this product lets you browse the web and get easy access to search, images, videos, and news.” Thus, it might seem that ConverterSearchNow is supposed to enhance your web search experience. However, what’s the point of having a third-party app to help you with your web searches if you can just set the search engine you like and leave it at that?
What’s more, when your search queries get redirected through the domain offered by this extension, it is very likely that your search queries will be logged by tracking cookies. It doesn’t mean that ConverterSearchNow collects your personally identifiable information. The app isn’t that complicated, but it can still use the collected information to generate custom commercial content and deliver it through the search links that are powered by Yahoo. Of course, Yahoo is not in any way related to ConverterSearchNow, but the extension employs the search engine to make itself reliable.
This kind of a wishy-washy behavior isn’t anything illegal. It’s actually more annoying than anything, but there is a chance that it could be exploited by malevolent third parties to promote their suspicious content. Of course, malware infection is a very unlikely result of such practice, but the possibility is still there, and it’s a risk you shouldn’t take. Hence, if you didn’t want to have ConverterSearchNow on your browser, this is your chance to remove it.
Check out the manual removal instructions below this description. Of course, you can always employ an antispyware tool like SpyHunter to scan your system and see whether you have more unwanted apps installed. If more potential threats are found, you can terminate them all automatically.
However, please don’t forget that no state-of-the-art antispyware application would protect you from such intruders if you don’t review your web browsing habits. For the most part, users download and install apps like ConverterSearchNow willingly because they are not aware of the freeware distribution patterns. Educate yourself about cybersecurity so that you could stay away from tons of annoying apps that could end up compromising your system’s security.
How to Remove ConverterSearchNow