Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


Did you discover GlobalSearchConverter on your Google Chrome browser, and you cannot explain where this extension has come from? If that is the case, you need to think about what other suspicious add-ons and programs might exist without your knowledge. If you downloaded the extension yourself, you also need to think if you could have downloaded other pieces of software along with it. That could have happened if the extension was introduced to you with the help of a bundled downloader. In both cases, a reliable and legitimate malware scanner can be very helpful. Install the tool and let it inspect your system. If any threats exist, you should be warned about them so that you could delete them timely. Of course, even if the PUP exists on its own, you still have things to figure out. In fact, our team recommends removing GlobalSearchConverter, and if you do not know why, you should continue reading.

If you did not install GlobalSearchConverter using a bundled downloader, and you did not just randomly discover it on your browser without any explanation, it is most likely that you were introduced to it via chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/globalsearchconverter/kehbfcajkbpmompiplmodakpceicfgkc. That said, you could have been redirected to this page on the Chrome Web Store via a misleading pop-up or website. The creator of this PUP (potentially unwanted program) is likely to use all kinds of methods to promote and distribute the extension, as well as its clones, some of which include ClickMovieSearch, IStreamingSearch, LiveSportSearch, VideosSearches, and FileConverterSearches. Although the names might suggest that they offer different services, all of them introduce Chrome users to the same search tool. It is completely worthless because it redirects to Yahoo Search. Of course, it is suggested that these PUPs can optimize the shown results, but that is exactly why you should delete them ASAP.

When GlobalSearchConverter “optimizes” search results, it injects third-party sponsored links among normal search results that you would see when using search.yahoo.com on its own. That is achieved by replacing the normal search provider with feed.globalsearchconverter.com. Do you know what are the risks of interacting with the results shown to you via the GlobalSearchConverter’s search provider? The risks include clicking on links that route to malicious websites and helping unknown parties gather information about you and your browsing activities. What is the harm in that? The unknown parties could use this information to conceal the most unreliable links as the most attractive offers. Even if the unknown parties are not malicious, the PUP’s creator is unreliable, and you should not allow them to collect and share personal information about yourself. Unfortunately, it is capable of doing that. We are sure that you understand now why we recommend removing this potentially unwanted program, but if you want to discuss its activities further, you can share your questions via the comments form below.

Do you think that you can delete GlobalSearchConverter manually? We are sure that you can. This PUP is an unwanted extension, and it looks like no leftovers should remain active after you remove the extension and clear the browsing data related to it. How do you clear such data? You need to access the ‘Clear browsing data’ menu and select the time range in which the potentially unwanted program was installed. The guide below gives you a step-by-step instruction on how to eliminate the PUP. What about other threats? Have they been discovered during the latest system scan? If you can identify threats, you must delete them as soon as possible. One option is to delete them manually, like the PUP itself. Hopefully, you can find the guides you need on our website. Another great option is to install an anti-malware program that will identify and delete all threats automatically. It should remove GlobalSearchConverter automatically as well, and so if you are struggling with the manual removal, this is the option for you.

GlobalSearchConverter Removal

  1. Open the browser and type chrome://extensions into the address bar.
  2. Tap Enter on the keyboard to access the Extensions menu.
  3. Find the unwanted extension and click the Remove button next to it.
  4. Type chrome://settings/clearBrowserData into the address bar.
  5. Tap Enter to access the Clear browsing data menu.
  6. Click the Advanced tab and then select the time range in which the PUP was installed.
  7. Select the boxes of the data you want to clear and then click Clear data.
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